Admiring the adventurous

Hannah Breeland, Opinions Editor

By Hannah Breeland

Opinions Editor

I have a tendency to admire strong independent women, and who wouldn’t. I guess to be proper, I would say my idols are girls. One of my idols is Arya Stark, a fictional character from “Game of Thrones.”

In the beginning of the series, she’s 9 years old.  For those who don’t know, the show is about several noble families fighting for control of the mythical land of Westeros.

Unlike her older sister, Arya doesn’t like the idea of being a lady. Her interests are swordplay, fighting and adventure, even though she’s young and still has an innocence about her.

In no way is she an airhead, so to speak. She’s a little bit more down to earth and independent than most girl characters on the show.

That’s why she doesn’t understand the obsession her sister has with being a lady. Things like sewing, dancing, singing and gossiping just don’t make sense to her. She would rather be horseback riding and practicing with her bow. Her character is very relatable to me. Growing up, I believe I was more of a tomboy who loved adventure.

Another thing about Arya is that she’s very fierce in a way. She’s not afraid to speak her mind no matter the person, which does land her into some trouble.

I think one of my favorite lines is when she calls this boy who’s older than her a “liar.” He tells her, “You shouldn’t insult people that are bigger then you are,” which she responds with, “Then I wouldn’t get to insult anyone.”

 At one point in the show, she must escape and pretend to be a boy. That’s where I feel her true character comes out.

Coming from a noble family she has to seriously adjust. She does rather well, much better than her older sister, who would have been dead in a day.

For Arya to stay believable, even though she’s strong, her age really shows through with her attitude and the longing to be back with family. Even though she’s a young character, she’s still one of my favorites.