With "Game of Thrones" George R.R. Martin crafted a universe full of (tons and tons and tons) complicated and complex characters. Many of the main characters have strong, individualized voices and even out of context, almost any quote can be quickly placed to its speaker. Theon Greyjoy is interesting because early on his quotes are powerful and honest, then after being captured and... altered... he's a different man, with a completely different, much weaker tone.
Theon Greyjoy was a man who always wanted to be needed, loved and cared about (and for). This ultimately led to his downfall. The son of Lord Balon Greyjoy of the Iron Islands he was a hostage of House Stark, and, despite this, a close friend to Robb Stark until he betrayed the Starks and returned to the Iron Islands.
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Re: Prisoner Etiquette
"Do you know what it's like to be told how lucky you are to be someone's prisoner?"
"You act as if I volunteered to go. You gave me away, if you remember. The day you bent the knee to Robert Baratheon. After he crushed you. Did he take what was yours, then? You gave me away! Your boy! Your last boy! You gave me away like I was some dog you didn't want anymore. And now you curse me because I've come home."
"You hear that? That's the mating call of the Northmen. They want to f**k us. Well, I haven't had a good f**k in weeks. I'm ready for one. They say that every Ironborn man is worth a dozen from the mainland. You think they're right? We die today, brothers. We die bleeding from 100 wounds with arrows in our necks and spears in our guts, but our war cries will echo through eternity. They will sing about the battle of Winterfell until the Iron Islands have slipped beneath the waves. Every man, woman and child will know who we were and how long we stood. Aggar and Gelmarr, Wex and Urzen, Stygg and Black Lorren. Ironborn warriors will cry out our names as they leap onto the shores of Seagard and Faircastle. Mothers will name their sons for us. Girls will think of us with their lovers inside them. And whoever kills that fucking horn-blower will stand in bronze above the shores of Pyke! What is dead may never die! "