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The Moral Ambiguity of Geralt of Rivia and the Grimdark World of the Witcher Series By Joseph Price Artwork sourced fromCD Projekt Red:  ttp://thewitcher.com/witcher3/   In the genre of grimdark fiction, heroes are not always the most savoury of people. They are not always the valiant knight on a crusade to rid the world of evil or magicians seeking to educate the world and find magic artefacts of ages past. Grimdark heroes come in a multitude of different flavours, and even the shadiest guard or common pickpocket can rise to greatness through dark and inhumane deeds that lead them to power and greatness. Within the world of The Witcher by Andrzej Sapkowski, one Witcher stands out above the rest: Geralt of Rivia (Gwynbleidd, The White Wolf, The Butcher of Blaviken, Geralt Roger Eric du Haute-Bellegarde) is that Witcher, a man mutated to be able to fight all of the creatures that prowl in the night. Geralt is held as a martyr to some, a legend to others, and to still others, he is a creature who haunts the night. When asked if Geralt is a hero, most people would not outright say that he is; however, in this world even a villain can be a hero in their own eyes. But what does Geralt think of himself one might ask? Geralt is a Witcher who sees himself as neutral in the affairs of others. However, he is not opposed to helping in others’ affairs for the right price. Within the world that Geralt lives he must walk a morally grey road in order to survive; otherwise, he would be food for the worms, leaving the defenceless for the day when the White Frost will destroy all. But what makes this Witcher so special? Geralt of Rivia, throughout the Witcher short...
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