Sansa Stark

Sansa Stark

    Game of Thrones
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Character Analysis

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Living... in Winterfell as the oldest daughter of Lord Eddard Stark and his wife Catelyn. It’s a seemingly charmed life that becomes even more exciting when she’s invited to the capital city by the King himself.

Profession... royalty in training. That comes with obvious perks, but just as many challenges. Sansa lives the high life, but is beginning to learn that nothing at the high court is what it seems. Conspiracies abound and a proper lady needs to learn to play the game or perish – perhaps literally.  

Interests… sewing, socializing, singing. Sansa loves enjoying the hobbies expected of a young lady. But most of all she’s interested in finding a husband – even though she’s only 12. She gets her wish when the King visits her father and offers to merge their two houses through the marriage of Sansa to the heir to the Iron Throne: Joffrey Baratheon.

Relationship Status... betrothed to Prince Joffrey, son of King Robert Baratheon. Sansa has always dreamed of marrying a future king and giving birth to royal babies. But she learns that maybe life is not all she’s dreamed of when Joffrey reveals himself to be petulant, arrogant and viciously brutal. Of course, the fact that she’s supposed to marry Joffrey doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen; unexpected and even violent events occur regularly in Westeros, especially in the capital of Kings Landing.

Challenge... living up to her society’s expectations of a young lady without falling into the trappings of what the men in her life expect of a woman. It’s especially difficult for her when the man she is supposed to spend the rest of her life with starts using his power for evil. She has a lot more potential to develop into a strong woman than it might first appear, but she must walk a very tricky line given she’s surrounded by schemers and intrigue.      

Personality... a big dreamer, but hopelessly naïve to the sacrifices she’ll have to make to become a beloved Queen of the Seven Kingdoms. Yet it’s not entirely her fault – all her life she’s been fed stories about beautiful princesses who become powerful queens. Her dream is accepted more readily than that of her sister Arya, who longs to be a knight. But when Sansa actually becomes engaged to Joffrey and glimpses his future as a king ruling through cruelty, she begins to have regrets. Sansa has a lot of growing up to do, and the high-stakes world she’s found herself in will doubtlessly accelerate the process. 


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