I was born into a line of women too afraid to leave.
so Charlotte Bronte read Emma by Jane Austen and was really interested in this minor character named Jane Fairfax who was poor and would have been a governess had she not married well and then Bronte wrote her own novel exploring the plight of the poor governess who married this guy named Edward Fairfax Rochester in a novel called Jane Eyre and my point is don’t let anyone tell you shit about fanfiction.
He has love, he has it in his heart, but that means he wants to be loved and he’s never really gotten it. Ned Stark’s probably put his arm around his shoulder at some point, but he’s never really taught him the right and wrong way of life, and apart from Ned he never really had a role model. That’s where the conflict comes in his mind, this mental torture happens because no one is telling him right from wrong. He’s crying out for someone to tell him what to do, and he never really gets it and that’s why he makes so many brash decisions.
libraryseraph asked: yeah talk about theon/jeyne
THEON/JEYNE IS THE MOST UNDERRATED THOUGH UNDERSTANDABLY SUB-TEXTUAL SHIP OF ASOIAF AND POTENTIALLY THE MOST OPTIMISTIC AND BEAUTIFUL SHIP IN THE ENTIRE SERIES.
You have ships like Cersei/Jaime which comment on insane Westerosi double standards, (Incest is bad! Unless Targaryens! Also gender double standards!) and ships like Jon/Ygritte and Robb/Jeyne Westerling which make you question where your internal moral compass and desires end and society’s obligations begin and then you have ships like Tyrion/Shae which make you question yourself, and ships like Sansa/Sandor which make you also question the goodness of man vs. the illusion of societal morality, but I think belief is a huge element of ASOIAF, especially with the “Power is a shadow on the wall” thing. Power resides where men believe it to reside, and power is dangerous and frequently means sacrifice and pain, but I think that the ship of Theon and Jeyne is the kernel of goodness within GRRM’s “Shadow on the wall.” A shadow on the wall can only be formed by a physical subsance obscuring light, and thus, even if it is only the smallest hint, that means that there is something there.
I’ve talked before about how Jeyne is very similar to Sansa, which adds to the irony of being forced to pretend to be Arya, but that means that like Sansa, Jeyne undergoes absolutely shattering disillusionment with her and Sansa’s “Songs.” I would venture to say that it is even harder for Jeyne than for Sansa, because the responsibilities of marriage/power aren’t as pertinent for Jeyne as they are for Sansa since Jeyne is from a lower level of nobility, but it is SO FUCKING SIGNIFICANT THAT JEYNE GETS A HERO. IT IS SO FUCKING SIGNIFICANT THAT THEON IS THAT HERO. Theon is arguably the least heroic person of the series (HEAR ME OUT OKAY!?) he comes from a culture that prioritizes strength over weakness while Westerosi standards of Chivalry call for “Protection of the weak,” but Theon romanticizes EVERYTHING.
Theon romanticizes Ironborn culture, even though it’s that selfishness and disregard for personal responsibility towards others that allowed his father NOT TO GIVE A SINGLE SHIT ABOUT HIM AND HEAP ALL THE BLAME ON THEON WHEN THEON WAS A VICTIM OF HIS OWN FATHER’S AMBITIONS WHEN HE WAS SENT OFF TO WINTERFELL. THEON IS IN WINTERFELL AND HE’S A TEN-YEAR-OLD UTTERLY FUCKED OVER BY IRONBORN DISREGARD FOR PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY TOWARDS OTHERS AND HE’S STILL ROMANTICIZING IRONBORN CULTURE FOR NEARLY A DECADE.
Everything is taken away, all of Theon’s romanticism is taken away from him when Ramsay turns him into Reek. “We Flew” is SIGNIFICANT AS FUCK BECAUSE IT’S AN IRONBORN SAVING SOMEONE WHOM HE HAS EVERYTHING TO LOSE AND NOTHING TO GAIN BY SAVING. WHEN THEON HAS EVERYTHING TO LOSE, WHEN THEON HAS NOOOOTHING HE DOES THE RIGHT FUCKING THING. He plays it off as “I saved Lady Arya,” but we KNOW the belief that Jeyne is Arya makes everything all the more dangerous for Theon. omg…
Theon saving Jeyne, and the potential love that could happen between them has the potential to be that little light within GRRM’s “shadow on the wall.” It could be the kernel of truth to belief. It is that one in a million chance that when you jump, you can fly.
IT”S THEON TAKING PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR SOMEONE WHOM HE HAD ALMOST UTTERLY NOTHING TO DO WITH. JEYNE DIDN’T END UP IN THE POSITION SHE WAS IN FROM ANY MACHINATION OF THEON’S (IT WAS ALL MOTHERFUCKING LITTLEFINGER) BUT THEON TOOK PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER AND THAT IS SO FUCKING BEAUTIFUL AND I LOVE THEM SO MUCH OMG.
one of the weirdest beliefs anti sj types seem to have is that people cannot be part of more than one marginalized group at once
trans AND black? nope.
disabled AND bisexual?? never.
asian AND intersex AND disabled? now youre just weaving tapestries of…