Arya’s journey throughout the series is fascinating, and well worth its own explorative essay. But her character is more traditional, and more traditionally escapist, than Sansa’s. From the beginning Arya has a strong sense of self, and rails against the same social injustices we’d like to believe we would, in her situation. She rebels against a status quo that doesn’t offer her the same opportunities it offers her brothers, despite her desire and her worthiness. She is the character we want to be.
Fiery independent Arya does the right thing, the heroic thing, the expected thing (for a main character in a fantasy series): she escapes, she vows revenge, she fights back. She does the thing we like to think we’d do, in the same situation. We want to be Arya.
But we aren’t Arya.
We are Sansa.
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