Arya Stark is a strong female heroine as I discussed in my first blog post “Arya a Feminist.” She defies the norms of women in her world and sets out to master the skills that only men are supposed to learn. She starts learning how to sword fight after her father provides her with a teacher to help her. Shortly after this, the King of the realm is killed in a “hunting accident” and her father, Eddard Stark, is deemed a traitor for proclaiming that the King’s son is not the true heir to the throne. Eddard is sentenced to death by the new King Joffrey Baratheon, a boy of 13. All hell breaks loose in the castle once Eddard is marked a traitor and they attempt to take his daughters into custody. Arya managed to escape and hide in the town until the day of her father’s beheading. This is arguably the day that Arya gets her call to adventure when she is taken by an ally of her fathers to bring her back to her home of Winterfell.
A man that goes by the name of Yoren takes Arya and adds her to his band of boys that are supposed to be taken to “the Wall.” The Wall is a place where criminals go to protect the rest of the realm from the wildlings that live on the other side. Yoren shielded her from her father’s death and said “They’re done here. You’ll be coming with me, and you’ll be keeping your mouth shut” (Martin 608). He told her to keep her mouth shut because he didn’t want anyone to find out she was the runaway daughter of Ned Stark. She couldn’t resist him either because she is young girl and he is a full grown man who is much stronger than her. This is Arya’s call to adventure because she is off into the unknown without her family or anyone she knows. She tries to refuse the call but she doesn’t have a choice since she would be a prisoner if she returned to the castle. Arya fits Campbell’s Hero’s Journey well since she follows most of the steps of it. The supernatural aid is for part of her journey is a boy named Gendry that is a part of the group heading to the wall. She crosses the first threshold when they leave King’s Landing.
Arya also fits in with Vladmir Propp’s functions of folktales that matches the ideals that “all fictional works have basically the same structure underneath, and that a story can be created by instantiating a sequence of abstract plot elements.” Arya fits is with “The Absentations” where someone leaves or dies, usually a parent. She just sort of witness her father’s death and was taken away from her mother to go to King’s Landing. She also matches the “Transfiguration” function in the scene where Yoren cuts her hair to make her look like a boy. It is just after her father died and Yoren is taking her away, “he had a knife in his other hand … he had her by the hair, so strong, she could feel her scalp tearing, and on her lips the salt taste of tears” (Martin 609). This is her transformation to become some else and no longer be Arya Stark because that name could get her killed.
These two scenes are very important to Arya Stark’s story line. This is where she branches off from her family and begins her own journey. She matches various functions of a hero and gains her significance as an independent character.