A Game of Thrones – Chapter Twenty-Two: Arya

Reminders:

  1. Page numbers based off Kindle edition.
  2. No spoiling me; I will edit/delete any.
  3. I don’t avoid spoilers.
  4. My citation format is not necessarily accurate, but it works for me.

I appreciate that some people may be turned off by this constant ‘pre-blog’ notification. I choose to respect that some people may not have read these books before, like I hadn’t and so make the effort to not spoil them unless they go to the post page. I figure if you really want to be here, reading, you’ll ignore it.

I’m so done with Sansa and Arya’s rivalry. Both of them need to grow up, but Arya seems to be able to let Sansa do and believe what she likes, whereas Sansa cannot do the same with Arya. *shakes head*

I too would like “Arya Underfoot” better than Arya “Horseface”; can’t disagree with Arya there.

…Arya, you are five kinds of awesome and twenty-three kinds of spitfire. I so approve.

I feel bad for Ned, but… I really like his attitude and parenting style. I feel like he really gets Arya’s side of the story, where so many other parents would just dismiss her.

…I am not sure how to feel. I really like that he’s treating her like an adult, telling her what the situation is, and asking her to act as befits a Stark, instead of telling her to act better and enforcing it through useless crap. I get an impression he would not have the same talk with Sansa, which suggests that for all her tantrums, Arya is in some ways more mature than Sansa.

But he needs to have the same talk with Sansa, because her actions towards Arya are not appropriate either. And while, perhaps, the chapters are skewed to the viewpoint of the character—meaning Septa Mordane isn’t as mean as Arya sees her—I think Arya could benefit from Ned talking to Mordane as well. Maybe I’m imposing current day standards on the past, which I’ve always maintained is a bad idea, but I honestly think Mordane would reach Arya better if a different way was used.

Dancing master? Is that a joke, or is sword training or whatever this is really called dancing?

Oh, Arya. How I love you.

Comments

3 Responses to “A Game of Thrones – Chapter Twenty-Two: Arya”

  1. Anna says:

    Aaah yes. Reading ASOIAF for the first time, I really, really disliked Sansa. I thought she was a spoiled, snotty brat and got seriously disappointed every time her chapters turned up.

    Now, when I’ve re-read the books multiple times, she’s one of my favourite characters.

    Which doesn’t mean she ISN’T a spoiled, snotty brat. She definitely is. Her ongoing sibling rivalry/conflict with Arya is petty and childish and Sansa acts selfish and even stupid at times – in this chapter and in the future. But she definitely grew on me, and I love the contrast between her and Arya. Arya’s a pro-active, physical, externally active character – while Sansa is a mostly re-active, verbal, internally active character.

    And yeah, you’re right – Ned probably wouldn’t have the same talk with Sansa. One gets the impression that Arya’s acting so much like one of his sons that Ned treats her like one – while he treats Sansa as he would treat a daughter. Ned, like everyone else, is caught in the societal norms of the world he lives in, where girls are supposed to be passive and soft and treated differently – and he tries, bless him, and as I recall, he DOES get furious with Sansa at some point regarding her behaviour, but he’s not perfect, and so things turn out like this.

    Mordane probably isn’t as bad as Arya makes her seem, no – Arya being a sullen ten year old not getting to do what she wants – but Mordane, too, has very definite ideas of what little girls are supposed to be like, and Arya just does not fit those standards.

    And oooh – the dancing master! <3 I do so love the dancing master, who is not only awesome in his own right, but also the origin of SO MANY FAN THEORIES.

    • Dianna says:

      *bounces* I do so love your commentary.

      Sansa’s growing up cannot come soon enough… but I sort of guess that when she does I’ll be wishing for the days when she was a spoiled brat.

      …I can see that this dancing master is one to keep an eye on.

  2. Siri Paulson says:

    Aha, Needle and the dancing master! 😀 This is the beginning, sort of, of a really interesting arc for Arya. She’s clearly set in opposition to Sansa — Arya the tomboy, Sansa the girly-girl — in a way that puts most readers firmly on Arya’s side. After all, we’re so used to sympathizing with the tomboy characters. But as Anna says, it turns out to be more complicated than that. …of course, it’s GRRM, so no surprise there.

    And although “the bravo’s dance, the water dance” is really a thing, “dancing master” is mostly just used as a euphemism, so she can tell people she’s going to her dancing lessons with no-one the wiser (except for Ned, who does some awesome parenting here).

    (I imagine Ned really has no idea how to talk to Sansa. Arya may be stepping out of gender roles, but at least she’s stepping INTO the gender he’s more comfortable with.)

    Keep reading! ^___^

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