Hunger Games Gender

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‘The Hunger Games’ is a popular young adult novel within a trilogy written by Suzanne Collins. It has recently been adapted into a film and was directed by Gary Ross. The book and film feature the strong female protagonist Katniss Everdeen, a highly skilled hunter. Whilst the primarily male characters best talent is baking, the result is the book having an underlying tone of female empowerment with Katniss’ characteristically masculine traits. ‘The Hunger Games’ depicts a society in which male and female characters display a full range of characteristics that do not always conform to traditional gender stereotypes for men and women. ‘The Hunger Game’s allows the audience to explore different gender roles that are addressed in novel/film. This essay will explore the issues of stereotyping surrounding gender in society and film with relevance to theory. The storyline of ‘The Hunger Games ‘follows Katniss’ Everdeen, a 16-year-old strong, confident and intelligent female who is highly skilled in archery, hunting and looking after her younger sister Prim. Katniss’ fellow district 12 tribute and love interest Peeta Mellark is emotionally expressive, physically strong baker and a talented cake decorator. The Post apocalyptic society they live in conducts an annual reaping which selects twelve boys and girls to compete in an arena for survival. The Hunger games narrative bases its self around economic inequality and social unrest, in which our Heroic female protagonist Katniss Everdeen finds herself fighting to survive between the merciless, cartoonish and outrageousness luxuries of an overbearing outlandish capitalist state and the tenebrous machinations of the neo-Stalinist rebels. ‘The Hunger Games’ has remarkably progressive gender politics throughout the trilogy. Gender can be defined as the “identification not to be made via the body, but the analysis of

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