Sunday, May 4, 2014

Gender in the Hunger Games

Due to the gender of the protagonist of the Hunger Games and her stereotypically mismatched characteristics, femininity becomes a popular topic when discussing the trilogy. Danielle points out the distribution of power among genders and the situations in which gender plays a big role or does not.  In District 12, gender does not affect education or chances in the reaping, but it does dictate clothing options and most likely career path, with men in the mines and women in the household or making medicine with herbs. In the Capitol, the power belongs to men, President Snow, Seneca Crane,and Plutarch Heavensbee. But fashion in the Capitol is not dictated by gender at all. People in our current world would most likely evaluate their fashion as defying many gender stereotypes. The use of hair dye and make up is very common for Capitol men. Bright colors, ridiculous amounts of time spent on appearance and gaudy outfits is socially acceptable for both genders. Rugged manliness is a style choice reserved for the lower districts and exemplified by Gale Hawthorne. The sexualization of Tributes by the Capitol targets both genders as well. The setting in which gender influences are most absence is District 13. uniformity outweighs any gender differences, with similar duties and the same uniforms for men and women. The leader, President Coin is a woman, but her team and confidants consists of both genders.

Peeta and Katniss are easily likable and relatable characters because Suzanne Collins, unlike many other authors, incorporates traits typically associated with both genders into their personalities. The same cannot be said for Gale, who is stereotypically masculine. Danielle showed this by using online polls and comments about the reactions to and descriptions of the three main characters.

This topic was very interesting and easily relatable. Danielle was very effective in her transfer of information and incorporation of the audience.

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