Females Complex Leading Roles in the Game of Thrones Through Semiotics

  • Mina AbbasiyannejadEmail author
  • Nadya Supian
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Women in Game of Thrones, a fantasy book by George R.R. Martin, have leading roles in several ways. Despite being represented as being subordinated and dominated by men, they show that when it is necessary they are able to reverse roles and show their ability to lead and have the men follow them. The complexity of their roles is presented in many different ways – as mature women, as the young and even as children. In this paper, it is shown that power conflict is the most important conflict in the novel. The women are seen in commanding positions and who attempt to develop their power despite the chaotic circumstances. This paper looks at the positions of two women in the novel using semiotics to shed light on words used, their signs and connotations. Interpreting signs will enable us to understand the hidden layers of the text.


Complexity Women Semiotics Leading positions 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Creative IndustriesUniversiti Tunku Abdul RahmanPetaling JayaMalaysia
  2. 2.Faculty of Educational StudiesUniversiti Putra MalaysiaSeri KembanganMalaysia

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