the nicknames arya and sansa earn from sandor clegane, she wolf and little bird, are given to them based on their personalities but it also reflects their worldviews and, as i will ramble about in this post, environments
sansa is a product of high society society. she was raised (or “trained”) to be a perfect little lady who, even as a small child, was “so courteous and eager to please”. a lot of it is her natural disposition too though. she’s expected to look pretty and say pretty things. she’s essentially a bird in a cage. the cage is the castle she’s confined to and inside them the realm of politics and courtesy. its the kingdom where lords and ladies and knights rule. there sansa must survive the only way she knows how; by being a lady. she’s polite and beautiful and gentle. after littlefinger spirits her from one castle to another he begins to officially tutor her in playing The Game of Thrones™ which is ultimately a pointless endeavor but it’ll knock him out at least. she spends most of her time within castle walls but when she does venture outside them she feels a connection to her roots. sansa thinks lady would enjoy the godswood and that theres a “certain” power found there but those are still distant statements. being a hostage was a nightmare for her but sansa enjoys the comforts of court life. she likes pretty dresses, fine foods and dancing. she’s never been exposed to the wilds and so she retains a very idealized perspective of the world in many ways. sansa’s pov is romanticized, refined and bound by social constructs.
arya doesn’t care for the laws of men. ever since the beginning she’s understood how corrupt this system is and she’s watched it fail repeatedly. which is why she often takes matters into her own hands. arya’s always had a wildness in her. both of her parents and just about everyone else she meets can see it (she wolf! wolf pup! wolf child! wolf blood!). she’s willful and fierce and adaptable. arya spends a lot of time in the wild. even when she’s in a castle or temple a part of her is still roaming the forests via nymeria. where her wolf rules. her dreams are feral and bloody under a moonlit sky. there are very different rules in the wild: you protect the pack and do whats necessary to survive. arya kills with her own hands just to find food to eat and will even dig worms out of the very earth to sustain her. she walks barefoot on the earth, drinks from rivers and wears rags. when arya finds herself trapped inside a castle she can play the role of a mouse but its not long before she kills to escape like any caged wolf would. and once free feels better than she ever did as a captive even when she’s been pursued. arya’s association with all of these earthly elements (trees, wolves, water, the moon) is an extension of her faith as well. the old gods of the north are a nature based religion. that very much support arya’s methods. the looming threat beyond the wall is connected to nature too. it’s bringing a winter that will try and wipe out civilization. but arya’s been preparing for that this entire time, just like ned told her.
the stark girls use very different personas to navigate their respective worlds but, bird or wolf, all animals have the same instinct: to survive.
ahhh, where to begin first? pretty manly luhan, happy birthday my dearest deer! i can’t believe you’re 24, wow. you’re 25 in korean age, so almost halfway ‘til 30 [but ofc you don’t even look 20, oh luhannnn]. so first off, i just wanted to thank you for everything – for going to korea to study as an exchange student, for getting scouted on the streets of myungdong, for working so so so hard to achieve your dreams as a singer/dancer/performer in a foreign country, for making it so far and debuting in exo, and most of all, for being a /huge/ inspiration to me. “don’t give up on your dreams and keep working towards it” – these words shine as bright as lights in the night sky when i feel like i want to give up on my dreams, and i want to thank you for that. luhan, you’re so talented in both singing and dancing, and you’ve really improved throughout the past two years. it’s so nice to see you more confident about your vocals now [even though some things will never change (or maybe they will?) – giving the mic to someone else bc you don’t know what to say during interviews ehehe] but as i was saying, your voice is so angelic and you sing with so much soul [also the emotions that you convey in your eyes make me fall deeper and deeper in love with you ;n; – case at point - BDC performance with Chen Chen during the EXO debut showcase!!] how can you be so good at both singing and dancing though?? [ace luhan tbh] ;; your dancing is just as beautiful as you are, those perfectly executed moves!! and your love for soccer also amazes me because whenever you have the chance to play, you always smile so brightly and that just makes me so happy. anyhow, today is your special day, so enjoy it to the fullest!! good luck with everything and make sure to get enough rest, eat enough food, and drink a lot of water to prepare for the upcoming overdose comeback!! as a fan, i’m very very very proud of all your accomplishments & the next 2, 5, 10 years down the road, i will still support you until the very end. i love you so much luhan, thank you for being such a humble person with a beautiful personality, it really does show in everything you do [honestly, after reading all those letters that your previous friends/classmates wrote about you, i’m just so glad to know that people like you exist, people that are so selfless, kind, and motivating] ;; look at me rambling on over and over again, it’s because you’re such an amazing person. alright, so i’ll end it here, but one last message – thank you for being you, luhan. thank you for making your fans smile everyday [doing such good deeds – helping fans up at the airport when they fall down!!], thank you for never failing to put a smile on my face. ♡