wynne a la psdo
anora mac tir
this got super long omfg
I'm just really really like talking about Anora?!
aaah I just love her so much
goddamn role model I tell you
*cries because perfection*
keeping tags too
Hmm, I think the reason why Anora is such an interesting character – to me at least – and why I love her as much as I do is that she doesn’t fit into what people consider to be traditional roles for female characters, and women in general. She very much transgresses gender roles and embodies qualities and traits many find abhorrent in a woman.
Anora has no desire for children, and doesn’t seem to particularly care about motherhood. She can handle herself on her own and make up her own mind. She knows she is good and unafraid to said so. She fights for what she wants and what she believes in. She’s no damsel in distress, no housewife. She possesses qualities that, according to society, are traditionally attributed to male characters: pride, determination, ambition, political aptitude, assertiveness, confidence.
Her story arc is fascinating, because she starts out as the traditional daughter-bride-queen character that is usually uninteresting and unexplored in traditional narratives. She is betrothed to the young Prince at a very young age to unite a country divided by decades of brutal occupation. She is the daughter of a national hero, wife of a man whose family is at the very basis of the foundation of her homeland. Nothing extraordinary at first glance, right?
But then we find out that she was the true power behind the throne and the real ruler of the land in all her years of marriage. We learn that Cailan was unable and unwilling to behave as the king he was, and that he all but dumped his responsibilities on his wife’s shoulders – eventhough I do think his pride and narcissism prevented her from doing a lot in her own name, and that her first years were extremely difficult considering the ambient misogyny of the Thedosian society as she had to prove herself to a bunch of very skeptical and stubborn Banns.
Too add to this, she is accused of being barren – because the primary duty of women is to pop babies, isn’t it? This is where Anora transgresses gender roles yet again: she believes her first duty to the kingdom is to lead it to a better age using her talents and competences. She refuses to be a simple broodmare, and aspire to be something more for Ferelden.
And when the player finally meets her in one of the last quests of the game, surprise! Anora keeps being unpredictable and is nothing like she is supposed to be. She turns out to be the biggest thorn in the Warden’s side if provoked and pressured into siding against your party. She can seriously confront you and endanger your plans, and will fight till the end because she believes she is right. She refuses to abdicate, even when she has everything to lose in doing so.
She has been in the shadows of men all her life, from her husband to her father, fighting to be acknowledged by a society that refuses to consider women as worthy players. Yet she never abandons or resigns, and keeps fighting until the end because she is convinced that this is what she was born to do.
I want more characters like Anora. I want more female characters that show people that there isn’t only one way to be a woman, and that nothing confines you to a single role because that is what society orders you to be.
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↳ Anora Mac Tir
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