brashcandy Posted June 26, 2013 Author Share Posted June 26, 2013 Not sure If I necessarily agree with your interpretation here. Do we have any evidence showing that Sansa does this purposefully or even subconsciously to exert power, dominance, and control over their marriage? I interpreted it as Sansa's inability to hide her true feelings, which makes her an easy read and thus an undesirable trait to have in the game of thrones. I even got the impression that Sansa avoided looking at Tyrion in the eye whenever possible:Quote 1:“My lady.” Tyrion offered Sansa his arm. She took it dutifully, but he could feel her stiffness as they walked up the aisle together. She never once looked down at him. Quote 2:They stepped out into the crisp autumn air. “I feared we’d never escape,” Tyrion quipped. Sansa had no choice but to look at him then. “I... yes, my lord. As you say.” She looked sad. “it was such a beautiful ceremony, though.” "The gaze" does involve a lot of un/subconscious elements, however, Martin is very careful to draw attention to the fact that Sansa "looks" at Tyrion - regularly and carefully, and that there is no desire on her part for him. I think the clearest example of this is their wedding night, when she remembers what Septa Mordane says about all men being beautiful, but does not fall victim to this particular line of brainwashing. Contrary to what you noted, we know Sansa is able to hide her feelings very well - hence why Tyrion never realizes the escape plan. When I talk about the gaze, I'm not referring to Sansa's giving Tyrion the stink eye, or anything like that, but a process whereby Tyrion becomes the object of Sansa's perception (to be judged and (de) valued), and he loses the control and dominion normally accredited to men in patriarchal societies (see the male gaze). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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