Katniss never fully came into her own in Mockingjay. In Hunger Games, she was a floundering yet passionate girl desperate to protect her family and stay alive. While she made a lot of mistakes, we loved her even more for them, because we saw her struggle, we believed her desperation and her motives, and we wanted her to succeed. We saw her near-double-suicide not as the easy way out, but the final spit in the face of the Capitol that had pulled the strings for so long. In Catching Fire, the story was fast-paced and intense, Katniss still struggling but really maturing as a fighter and a person.
People always judge and make fun of cheerleaders saying it’s not a real sport but cheerleaders practice just as hard as any other sport, go to competitions and compete to be the best and win number one. It is also considered to be one of the most dangerous high school sports. First cheerleaders practice and work just as hard as any other team. We run laps, condition and do just as much physical activity as any other sport. We have to depend on one another if even one person misses a practice it can affect the entire routine.
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Later on we see the horrendous outcome of her struggles. Glinda, the beautiful, ditzy dumb blonde, popular, and ambitious girl, who manages to ignore the most important things occurring around her to maintain her perfect life. It’s not till the end that she truly began to show some wisdom. These unlikely friends and college roommates, who struggle with opposing personalities and point of view, enmity over the same love, to the corrupt government of the wizard, and ultimately, Elphaba’s fall from kindness. Another strong theme is the conflict between good and evil.
As a teenager there will be a time where breaking the bonds of childhood, entering a world of rebellion, and being obsessed with popularity will be normal. For teenage girls, in order to acquire this popularity they need to be thin, busty, and wear revealing clothing while gossiping about peers and spending time worrying about boys and parties rather than their academics. But, where did this image of how to be a popular teenage girl come from? For decades, teen films have portrayed popular teenage girls this way and the film Mean Girls is no exception. This film not only displays how the world expects teenage girls to act, but also how difficult it is for teenage girls to resist acting this way.
There are side-line cheerleaders and competitive cheerleaders. Side-line cheerleaders are there to entertain the crowd and lead them in chants. A competitive cheerleading team’s goal is to earn the most points while doing a complex routine with anywhere from twelve to twenty members that consists of precise formations, flips, tumbling passes, stunts, and tosses. I do not agree that side-line cheerleading is a sport; however, I do believe that competitive cheerleading is a sport. There is not one set definition of a sport, but a common understood definition of a sport is one from dictionary.com that defines a sport as “an athletic activity that requires physical prowess or skill and often a competitive nature.” I will take aspects of cheerleading and compare it to the definition given.
One reason is that cheerleaders compete against the other team just like in any other sport. Another reason is that they have to be extremely physically fit and be trusting in their teammates much like in almost all other sports. The final reason they think cheerleading is a sport is because they suffer just as many injuries as any other athlete would in their respective sport. The other side of the argument is that cheerleading is not a sport and is
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When holding the top girl, the bases are restating her body weight and mass, to keep her up. Also, during dismounts from stunts, top girls are thrown into the air and caught by the bases. Competitive cheerleaders do exactly what they are called. They compete against other squads to see who is the best. They perform routines full of stunting, tumbling, cheering, and dancing.
Many people attribute the increase in violent youth to the increase of violence in the media. There is a common belief that television, films and video games are to be blamed for making children deem that violence is not only acceptable, but a necessary way of solving conflict. Some blockbuster movies that top the charts tend to be action-packed, such as the Terminator in 1984 or films about superheroes that save the day by destroying the villains. Superman, Batman and Spiderman are the perfect examples. The youth are then influenced by observing these behaviours and mimicking the actions of these so-called heroes.