A Feministic Analysis of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Milcah. K The Hunger Games has women's liberation covered up in the most profound corners of its pages and the author has portrayed an extensive variety of thoughts that can relate the book to feminist viewpoints. Suzanne Collins has put forth her thoughts by incorporating culture, generalizations, parity, power, class and stereotypes through the characters and the setting of the novel. This assignment analyses the extent of feminism present in the novel with reference to the portrayal of its characters in the dystopian post-apocalyptic future juxtaposing it with the present-day society. The Hunger Games is set in the country of Panem, having a wealthy capitol and 12 …show more content…
She realizes her feminine qualities only the arena and recognizes and embraces it. She is able to sympathize with other women, find strength in them and support them as well. This is evident of her relationship with Rue. She befriends Rue in the arena and their friendship is a symbol of women who support each other in oppression. She does it in pure intuition and emotion and it ends up saving her life. Audre Lorde says that, “For women, the need and desire to nurture each other is not pathological but redemptive, and it is within that knowledge that our real power is rediscovered. It is this real connection which is so feared by a patriarchal world”. Katniss is a conscious feminine character who was sensible enough to find out that a spirit of sisterhood is what can truly empower women even in a place like the deadly …show more content…
Collins has given masculine qualities to her female character and feminine qualities to her male character to reinforce the need of equality in the current world and the need for change in the restricted gender norms in the mindset of the people. The Hunger Games can be rendered as a feminist novel as it breaks the restrictions of gender roles and emphasizes the need for it in the present-day society. The Hunger Games depict how reality could be if there were not solid or strong gender norms and roles in the
Within the first scenes of the film Primrose is chosen to participate in the hunger games. The audience feels the hurt within the family as extreme close-ups of Primrose are used to show the fear within her. When her sister Katniss volunteers to replace Primrose the panic is shown within the amateur movement of the camera. An evaluation of the social commentary can be seen within the audience as everyone stands still in an over-the-shoulder shot. This is similar to the phone zombies walking around recording people in danger but not really doing a thing to stop it. Within, the film Katniss meets a girl from another district by the name of Rue. Due to the lack of alliances they become friends. When they are split up and trying to find one another the audience can feel the anticipation of Katniss as a low-angle shot is taken very shakenly. Katniss is shown as compassionate in the next scenes as Rue dies and close-ups of Rue & Katniss are taken to show the intimate moment. Rue is shown as an innocent person undeserving of death her body is shown with few shadows and more of a high key lighting to exaggerate her persona. When Rue dies it resembled the death of a child causing chaos within the next few scenes. Fires are shown with close-ups and low key lighting to show the havoc of the districts revolting.
In the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, there is an important literary element in the novel and it is the allusion. In this novel, the allusion has an important role in giving image to the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is influenced by the Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, so that the entire story is an allusion based on those two. By using the allusion perfectly, the author outlines the whole story with the powerful images that are captured from the Greek myth of Theseus and the
Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games, imagines a world where people are divided by district just like the real world does with the high, middle, low classes. This book is full of themes, literary devices and also talks about how the government — in this case the Capitol — oppresses their citizens.
The novel The Hunger Games is written by author Suzannne Collins. Collins created a dystopian novel that has similarities to the current society we live in and could be interpreted to be what the future holds. Throughout the book characteristics of a dystopia society are revealed. From districts starving, living in poverty, being killed for trying to escape to somewhere better and being forced to do things they do not want to do. The beginning of the book on page three, starts with the main character Katniss Everdeen assuming her sister left their bed for their mothers’ because of nightmares caused by the reaping. The reaping is when each district chooses a boy and girl to take place in the Hunger Games. The Hunger games is a sadistic way the capital reminds their citizens they are in control. At the age of twelve children names are entered into calling up until they are
The Hunger Games, the movie, was adapted from the popular young adult novel by Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games is sometimes described as another cliche love story for which the young adult genre is infamous. Despite appearances, The Hunger Games illustrates a complex and creative dystopian world with a much deeper underlying message, including topics such as, politics, history, and celebrity worship. The setting appears to be a futuristic version of America. This future America is very classist, and the tyrannical government is sure to keep the classes divided by heavily oppressing the working class. The working class is divided into twelve districts, which used to be thirteen districts until the thirteenth district was annihilated as a result of its uprising. In response to the thirteenth district’s resistance, the President created a game called “The Hunger Games” in an effort to instill obedience in the remaining twelve districts. Through the course of the movie, we learn that “The Hunger Games” are not only a mechanism to force obedience on the working class, but also to serve as entertainment for the elite society who live in the Capitol. The Games require 24 randomly selected children from the working class districts to fight to the death in an elaborately staged battle, all of which is filmed and broadcasted to the entire nation, working class and elite alike. Thesis: The Hunger Games, the movie, has a hauntingly feasible storyline and clear references to real
The Hunger Games, A book series by Suzanne Collins, differs in few ways from Veronica Roth’s Divergent. The Hunger Games lead role, Katniss Everdeen, lives in a world of few choices. The government controls the lives of everybody in the 12 districts. When Katniss’ little sister, Primrose, is chosen to fight in the annual Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She is forced to fight and forced to kill, all to survive. This competition results in the people fearing not only their government, but also their futures. Katniss becomes a symbol of rebellion against the
In the novel “The Hunger Games” Suzanne Collins conveys the qualities of a hero through the main character Katniss Everdeen. The novel is based around a dystopian nation, in which is placed in Panem. Through which a boy and a girl from each district must take part in ‘The Hunger Games’ where they have to fight to the death, until there is one survivor. Katniss subsequently evolves as a significant hero portraying the heroic qualities such as selflessness, identity change and intelligence. Selflessness is shown as she puts others before herself, her identity changes as she has to put up a brave face, and intelligence is displayed as her strategies progress in the games.
The Hunger Games, a novel by Suzanne Collins, is the story of 16 years old, Katniss Everdeen, who fights to death for her district. The Hunger Games is an event hosted every year by the Capitol of Panem, where a randomly chosen boy and girl both need to represent each of the twelve districts that the capitol is composed of. When Katniss little sister, Prim, is chosen to be the representative for District twelve, Katniss volunteers to take her place and fight along her male counterpart, Peeta. The reason I choose this book for my book report is because Katniss is not your typical 16 year old girl. Not only is she her family’s provider but she’s also skillful, strong, rebellious, and unsentimental heroine. These are characteristics that society would mostly link to a 16 year old boy rather than a girl.
Society has created the concept of gender and how men and women have certain roles to follow. Some of these characteristics have been broken in today's society but many still exist. As people start to accept who they are and who they want to be, normal stereotypes do not stand out as much as they used to. By doing this, we are turning over a new leaf, where men and women are intermixing qualities and characteristics. Now a days, there are women who have become the providers and some men who have become the nurtures. Not being tied down by certain roles and expectations gives those who want to do more the chance to step out and be comfortable changing those said roles and expectations. In the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, she portrays some characters as having opposite gender roles and expectations. Two characters who show this the most are Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark. Both of these main characters are portrayed in a unique way throughout the novel and portray traditional roles and break them throughout the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games is about a teenager named Katniss Everdeen. She lives in a place called Panem. In Panem, there’s the capitol and 12 districts. The president and Capitol citizens live in the capitol. All the districts contribute something to the capitol like food, or power, and in return, the capitol gives the district's security. Katniss lives in district 12. District 12 provides coal but is also the poorest district. Everyone lives off of small animals they can catch. In order to survive, Katniss hunts on illegal land to provide for her mom and her sister, Prim. Every year the Capitol holds an event called the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is were two tributes from each district come to an arena and
The Hunger games, a novel written by Suzanne Collins, takes place in the nation of Panem (sited in the ruins of North America). Panem arose after many natural disasters and wars and is
Another instance in which Katniss's character challenges gender roles is when Katniss finds the wounded, suffering Peeta and saves his life. This goes against the typical concept of a male being the stronger, more protective of the two sexes. When Peeta suggests that Katniss needs to look out for herself, Katniss utterly dismisses the thought: "No, I'm not gonna leave you. I'm not gonna do that." Instead of Peeta riding in on a horse in shining knight's armor, he is portrayed to be weak and vulnerable, dependent on Katniss's cunning and skill to save him. Within this situation, female gender roles are also enforced. Along with coming to Peeta's rescue, Katniss
For many years films have always been structured around the representation of gender roles. Up until recently, very few films have challenged the traditional stereotypes. However, with the increasing support of feminism and a heightened consciousness of the way the different genders are being labelled and stereotyped, many movies and novels now challenge traditional gender roles . ‘The Hunger Games’, a film adaptation of the novel by Suzanne Collins, is one of these movies. Released in 2012 and directed by Gary Ross, the film is the first of four movies based on the bestselling trilogy written from 2008-2010.
With dystopia being a present theme in both George Orwell’s, 1984 and Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games, both titles share similarities and contrasts to one another. Even though these books were written decades apart, they share similarities in the government control and the presence of poverty in the settings. But, both books contradict one another as futuristic settings are viewed differently depending on when the books are written, as well as the remembrance of past struggles in the societies. The seeds of a dystopian theme are found in 1984 and The Hunger Games, presenting similarities and differences from in both books, even though the books were written decades a part.
Dystopian literature adheres to certain conventions; the theme of a dystopian future typically encompasses a severely repressed society, with socio-political dysfunction and class stratification. Themes of surveillance, censorship and personal independence have been established by authors such as George Orwell, and are recurrent throughout 2008 novel “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, although Orwellian dystopia and conceived ideas of freedom are juxtaposed in an intriguing fashion. “The Hunger Games” revolves around the notion of the various districts of Panem offering in tribute one young man and woman, to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice, Panem being the nation that was established during an unknown period of time, and the pageant of honor being the barbaric means of controlling its citizens. Whilst more recent dystopian literature derives heavily from Orwellian conventions in some respects, it arguably differs greatly in others, redefining to an extent the genre.