Understanding Sandor The Hound Clegane***This is my own interpretation of the character. I also added a few of my personal theories. Some might seem far fetched, but others are backed by proof. I am not a native English speaker so please forgive the eventual mistakes. Maybe nobody will read this as it is very long. I decided to put it here for future reference.
I see a lot of people that have read the books but did not managed to read behind the words. A song of ice and fire is meant to be read behind the lines. It is very cryptic, filled with symbolism and almost every action and word has a second meaning. To understand literature you have to always go behind words.
The Hound is a byronic hero. You might laugh but other byronic heroes are: Bruce Wayne/Batman, Eric Draven (The crow), Heathcliff (Wuthering Heights), Lestat (Interview with a Vampire), Wolverine, Lord Byron, Victor Frankenstein (Frankenstein), Severus Snape (Harry Potter) and so on.
To quote the historian Lord Mcaulay:
' a man proud,moody,cynical, with