God of War (2018): A Masterclass in Fatherhood Through Kratos

Kratos as a Father

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In the gaming world, few titles manage to seamlessly blend epic action, stunning visuals, and profound storytelling quite like “God of War” (2018). While the series has always been synonymous with brutal combat and Greek mythology, the latest installment took a bold leap into Norse realms, and unexpectedly, into the realms of fatherhood. 

The game’s protagonist, Kratos, known for his rage-filled exploits, is reimagined in a poignant narrative that unfolds the complexities of being a father. Let’s take a look at the wisdom Kratos imparted to us.

Kratos as a Father
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Lesson 1: The Complexity of Parenthood

At the heart of “God of War (2018)” lies the relationship between Kratos and his son, Atreus.  Once a vengeful deity, Kratos now finds himself navigating the challenges of parenthood. 

The game doesn’t shy away from portraying the complexities, from the joys of joys of teaching Atreus the ways of combat to the delicate moments of imparting life’s lessons.

Kratos and Atreus Hunting
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Lesson 2: The Power of Guidance

Kratos’ transformation into a father figure is marked by his commitment to guiding Atreus through the dangers of their mythological world. The game beautifully illustrates the significance of mentorship and how a strong fatherly presence can shape a child’s character.

Kratos and Atreus

Lesson 3: Balancing Tough Love and Compassion

In the God of War series, Kratos is infamous for his aggressive demeanour, but in this instalment, players witness a more nuanced side of him. The game highlights the delicate balance between being firm and compassionate, showcasing how a father’s tough love can coexist with a genuine desire to protect and nurture.

Compassion of Kratos
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Lesson 4: Embracing vulnerability

One of the most remarkable aspects of the game is Kratos’ journey toward vulnerability. As a father, he grapples with his troubled past and strives to create a different future for Atreus. The narrative subtly explores the idea that even the mighty can be vulnerable, and strength lies in acknowledging one’s weakness.

Kratos and Son

Conclusion

“God of War (2018)” transcends the boundaries of traditional gaming narratives by incorporating a compelling exploration of fatherhood. Through the lens of Kratos and Atreus, the game teaches valuable lessons about complexities, responsibilities, and joys of being a father. It’s a testament to the evolving nature of video game storytelling, proving that even in the realm of gods and monsters, the human experience, especially that of fatherhood can take centre stage.

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  • acapdenza

    A lawyer moonlighting as a writer. Acapdenza is passionate about fiction and non-fiction movies and series, whether it's part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Star Wars or even Christopher Nolan's epic biopic Oppenheimer.

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