Deviations in Gender Roles in The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins,

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Do you wonder why girls wear make up and guys get their hair cut? Why when you don't follow these rules you're considered an outcast to the rest of the rule abiding world? In the book The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, the main character, Katniss is put against 23 other tributes ages twelve to seventeen, one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts in a fight... to the death. The hunger games gives the winning tribute(s) wealth and power for themselves and their district and the losers die and their district gets nothing. In these games, Katniss has to fend for herself, avoid a savage and gruesome death, and salvage enough food to wait for tributes to kill each other. In the beginning, Katniss seems to undermine gender roles because she has to fight and be tough to live but towards the end she stops hiding her feelings as much, comes out of her shell, and becomes more feminine because she had to protect Peeta. She takes care of his mangled leg and by the end of the book when she realized she had to kill him she attempts to kill herself along with Peeta. In our society, we are all expected to follow specific gender rules. Gender roles are culturally set rules to define masculinity and femininity and show social power. Specifically if you are a woman, you are expected to be sensitive, caring, beautiful, and emotional. On the other hand, if you're a man you are to be strong mentally and physically, the provider, aware of self image, and don't show emotions a

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