Arya Stark, Feminist
May 7, 2011 2 Comments
Let’s talk Arya Stark and my endless love for her character.
How much did I love this line during the sword instruction scene in the most recent episode?
“Boy, girl… you are a sword, that is all.”
This line was her instructor’s response to Arya’s assertion that she was a girl (he’d been calling her boy all throughout previously) which I felt was important; she was making it clear that she was a girl, yes, but that didn’t mean she couldn’t learn how to correctly use a sword and she was asking him not to default ability to a particular gender. His response made it clear that he may have just been teasing and that he didn’t see her as anything else but a willing student.
Game of Thrones is a show that usually lives me physically stressed, especially the first few episodes- what with the raping women and killing puppies. However there is a light, and it shines bright in Arya Stark, Lord Stark’s youngest daughter who doesn’t understand why embroidery matters more than learning to defend yourself. Arya Stark, whose brothers, or at least one, acknowledge her potential skill and interest in weaponry (she’s a damn good shot). Arya Stark, who named her sword needle, to the utter chagrin of her embroidery instructor (were she to find out). Arya Stark, who is all around made of awesome.