Themes Of Oppression In Crown Of Midnight By Sarah J Maas

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“Celaena heard it now as if for the first time, the story of a Fae blessed with a horrible, profound power that was sought by kings and lords in every kingdom. While they used her to win wars and conquer nations, they all feared her―and kept their distance” (118). Sarah J Maas is an American Author best recognized for her Throne of Glass series. Its second installment, Crown of Midnight, follows Celaena as she spars with her loyalty. One grievous night forces her to choose allies and foes. To emphasize the focal idea, Maas utilizes themes of rebellion, oppression, and death.
First and foremost, a crucial theme embedded is rebellion. The King of Adarlan is recognized as a megalomaniac, from his own son to the prisoners in Callaculla. He is on a quest to conquer all of Erilea. But in order to do so, he is in need of somebody to do all of his dirty work, and that is when Celaena comes into the light. Her task is to kill the King's enemies. Conversely, she disobeys direct orders. "I haven't killed any of the people the king commanded me to assassinate" (184). When she consults it with her friend Chaol, he is livid. If the king finds out, he will force Chaol to kill Celaena as punishment for being her friend. Chaol attempts to talk sense into Celaena by calling those men “traitors to the crown.” She scoffs, "Traitors. For refusing to grovel before a conqueror? For sheltering escaped slaves trying to get home? For daring to believe in a world that’s better than this gods-forsaken

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