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...that] cuts itself adrift, and joins the revolutionary (Bourgeoisie) class, the class that holds the future in its hands” (Marx, 1884, p. 26). His position of low nobility and mastery of finance, trade, and business allow him to gradually weaken the feudalistic Westerosi society and promote a more capitalistic approach.
Applying historical materialism to Game of Thrones suggests that societal transformation is in the air. With the crown’s lack of resources and power exposed, unified peasant revolts, and an uprising of the Bourgeois class—the downfall of Westeros’ feudal system, and thus, the rise of capitalism, is inevitable. In using the fantasy genre as a medium to analyze the social transformation of one mode of production to the next, one can better understand the current state of social reality and thus make more accurate predictions of future societal changes.
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