What do you love about Sansa Stark?
Anon, prepare yourself because the anwer is LONG. There are a lot of things that I love about her (she is my favorite character in ASOIAF afterall..).
The first reason that comes to mind is that she is NORMAL. She starts the story as a very avarage 12 years old, she loves stories of knights and songs about love. She wants to live in a fairytale. These are all things that made me feel connected to her from the start.
I love her flaws: how sometimes she cant face the truth, because it scares her. It makes her more relatable. Her relationship with lies its one of the most interesting things in the books. (the unkiss! the trident incident! and i can go on and on…).
I love her kindness, how she saved Dontos, or helped Lancel.
Her desire to be loved and to find someone to love. This is something that breaks my heart, I dont like how some people accuse Sansa on being power hungry and wanting to be queen because she wants to rule everyone (looking at you dumb and dumber). Thats not what i understand from her story. Sansa wants to be loved, she wants to love. To the point that she betrays her father for it (it was a betrayal….just not for power but FOR LOVE).
“How well I know that, child,” Cersei said, her voice so kind and sweet. “Why else should you have come to me and told me of your father’s plan to send you away from us, if not for love?”
“It was for love,” Sansa said in a rush. “Father wouldn’t even give me leave to say farewell.” She was the good girl, the obedient girl, but she had felt as wicked as Arya that morning, sneaking away from Septa Mordane, defying her lord father. She had never done anything so willful before, and she would never have done it then if she hadn’t loved Joffrey as much as she did”
Tyrion was surprised. “Truly? His own daughter?“ Sansa had always seemed such a sweet child, tender and courteous.
”The girl was wet with love. She would have done anything for Joffrey, until he cut off her father’s head and called it mercy. That put an end to that.“
Once she had loved Prince Joffrey with all her heart, and admired and trusted his mother, the queen. They had repaid that love and trust with her father’s head. Sansa would never make that mistake again.
Wich brings me to another reason as to why i love Sansa: she learns from her mistakes. She adapts. She uses the hard lessons to be better.
How she loves to sew and dance, how she uses her femine traits, her lady courtesy as an armor. Sansa is not just a lady, she is THE LADY. She rappresents all that is good about that term.
Ser Boros was an ugly man with a broad chest and short, bandy legs. His nose was flat, his cheeks baggy with jowls, his hair grey and brittle. Today he wore white velvet, and his snowy cloak was fastened with a lion brooch. The beast had the soft sheen of gold, and his eyes were tiny rubies. "You look very handsome and splendid this morning, Ser Boros,” Sansa told him. A lady remembered her courtesies, and she was resolved to be a lady no matter what.
Sansa felt that she ought to say something. What was it that Septa Mordane used to tell her? A lady’s armor is courtesy, that was it. She donned her armor and said, “I’m sorry my lady mother took you captive, my lord."
How Smart she is. (but i hate how she doesnt believe in herself..she doesnt trust her instinct because she lost lady)
Her relationship with Bran (how similiar they are, both young and loved children whose hopes and dreams are broken early in their life)
Her (very problematic but real) relatioship with her sister Arya.
Her strange link with the greek goodness Persephone (who blossomed in the spring but is the Queen of Winter)
How Grrm is setting up the classical story of the student who surpasses the master with her and littlefinger.
Her strange parallels with Jon snow (maaan i could go on and on on those…)
How she brings out the kindest side of the characters personality like Tyrion, Sandor and yes even Dontos.
How she looks like Catelyn but has the same sense of honor as Ned.
How she calls her self: the blood of Winterfell. How even after joffrey and the lannisters, and losing her direwolf she is still A STARK.
How she builds a castle in the snow which rappresents her home.
But my ultime reason for loving Sansa stark with all of my heart is this quote:
There are gods, she told herself, and there are true knights too. All the stories can’t be lies.
This is important for me because Sansa is a person what endured beatings, and awful men and is afraid for her life since she was a 12 years old who has seen the “love of her life” kill her father. Still after all she has suffered, she believes that there are good people, that the hope is not all lost. She didnt become cynical, she becomes stronger but not hateful.