The Hunger Games is a story of a post-apocalyptic America divided into 12 districts. As punishment for a past revolution, two teenagers are chosen from each district to participate in a fight to the death. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, chooses to take her sister’s place in the games and embarks on an experience she could have never prepared for. However, under all the fighting and bloodshed, The Hunger Games has a deeper meaning of a people’s struggle living under an oppressor. By comparing scene portrayal, and the demise of characters, it is clear to see that the book, The Hunger Games, surpasses the movie.
While the Hunger Games, to the unaware reader, may seem like just another teen romance novel, lying between the pages is an intense political commentary. While Suzanne Collins’ novel covers various political issues, the two that this paper will focus on is the exploitation for goods and use of food for control. Throughout the novel, Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist, is forced to face many challenges, including how to feed her family, of which she is the provider of. Panem, the fictional nation that Collins’ creates in this novel, is made up of 12 districts, or states, and one main capital. Those in the capital are born into a lavish lifestyle, where food is provided by the touch of a button and the only issue facing the residents is what outfit is currently in style.
Churchill’s lead character in the play is paradoxically a female misogynist who takes on a stereotypically male business persona who climbs to the top of the corporate ladder. Churchill also offers an interesting take on female pageantry, Post-Feminism of the 1980s, the “New Wave” of Feminism, and English feminism and capitalism under Margaret Thatcher’s rule, as well as family values and the ease and ability to climb the corporate ladder with a child. Churchill has openly acknowledged that Margaret Thatcher’s rise to the position of British primeminster was an important inspiration for writing Top Girls. Churchill is deeply interested in feminism and the constant consequences of the women’s liberation movement. There was a certain irony in Margaret Thatcher’s ascent to power in the wake of feminism, since Thatcher’s policies were deeply conservative and anti-feminist.
Along with “Civil Peace” and “Sugar Baby” the story “Girls at War” forms Achebe’s masterful trilogy of short stories that is set during and im¬mediately after the Nigerian Civil War (1967-70). Achebe uses the title “Girls At War” ironically to make emphasis on the vulnerability of women especially as victims in times of war and turmoil. This title does not mean physical fight between girls but rather the psychological, emotional as well as moral struggles among girls in times of difficulties as in the case between Gladys and her girlfriend Augusta. The girls compete among themselves for favours from men in order to survive. This is typical of our society today where girls are fond of dating men in authority and of wealth in order to gain security and comfort.
Because all three characters want to fit into their communities they are forced to hid their true identities and become either what society needs them to be, in Offred’s case ‘QUOTE’ And in Marlines case she’s changed because society demands that she has to be tough, rough and ruthless to reach the top. Top Girls by Caryl Churchill is a play set in early eighties when woman were still trying to be super women. The corporate executive and the soccer mom with great intimate relationships. Churchill’s main character Marlene says “I know a managing director who’s got two children, she breast feeds in the board room, she pays a hundred pounds a week on domestic help alone and she can afford
Young men and women can never get away from the constant pressure of having to be perfect. We have so many competitions and award shows like the Oscars, Grammy’s, and the Miss America pageant which place an emphasis on outward appearance. In addition, we have magazines like Teen Vogue and Seventeen that promote images Clausen 2 of girls that have photo-shopped bodies that are unobtainable for the average person. All these things combine to place nearly impossible standards on young people to have the “perfect body.” Eating disorders can also be triggered by internal pressures: Girls and women at risk of developing bulimia maybe depressed and often suffer from poor body image. They are often insecure and dependent on others for their sense of self-worth, and
This is proven as she creatively reshapes the central value of Marriage and women and the preconceived ideas we had about these central values before immersing ourselves in Letters to Alice on first reading Jane Austen. Prior to reading letters to Alice, most readers would condemn Mrs Bennett’s behaviour and obsession in pursuing marriage for all her daughters. We are introduced to her obsession immediately from the very first page of the novel “A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls...you must know that I am thinking of his marrying one of them.” The heightened tone of obsessive excitement highlights the fixation of marriage for the women of Austen’s context. With Austen inclusion of Mrs Bennett’s obsession from the very start of the novel emphasise that this value of marriage is most common among all women in Austen’s context.
Salzman s client, Leo Finkle, embarks on a quest that is also hallowed in folklore. Traditionally the young hero is seeking a bride and must endure an ordeal in order to win her. As in the famous judgment of Paris, Leo must choose among three women. His experience has many folk elements: loaves of bread go flying like ducks high over his head ; the appearance of snow he attributes to Salzman; at the conclusion violins and lit candles revolved in the sky. Salzman is a commercial cupid, a figure out of Jewish folklore, and his Yiddishized English and his descriptions of his candidates are hilarious tours de force.
Macbeth was obsessed with gaining power and becoming king and he was jealous of Duncan because of his power and authority. In the opening pages of ‘the withered arm’ the origins of the conflict between the two women are established. We are shown the connection the two women have to Farmer Lodge and the differences between the two social classes. Hardy deliberately juxtaposes the different houses and lifestyles (pg5) to encourage the reader to sympathise with Rhoda and perhaps to emphasize more the inevitability of the conflict between the two women. Hardy’s interest in the underdog and the uncovered difficulties experienced by women and the poor, show he was strongly against social prejudice which would have been a big thing at the time this novel was written and was probably influenced a lot by his own childhood experiences.
Symbolism of Bees in The Secret Life of Bees Many literary and analytical elements make Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees an award winning novel, but the characteristic symbolism of bees’ lives to Lily Owens’ own life make it unforgettable. In the novel, bees represent the feeling of Lily being trapped, human society in general, and the need for the presence of a female figure. In the beginning of The Secret Life of Bees, teenager Lily Owens’ is growing up in an abusive home with her father being forceful and cruel. Lily has a strange obsession with bees and one night catches a couple in a jar. Like the bees trapped in the jar, Lily feels she is stuck in impossible circumstances that she will never be able to free.