Sunday, April 5, 2015

#8 Gender Relations and Romance in the Hunger Games

The Hunger Games may be an action packed trilogy, however it is filled with romance. The relationship between Katniss and Peeta may be forced at first, however it undoubtedly turns into love throughout the books. The gender roles in the Hunger Games are very different than social norms but in a good way!

Like Pharr and Clark state in their book Of Bread, Blood and the Hunger Games, girls and boys are put into two different spheres in society. Girls are supposed to be weak and non athletic. Boys are supposed to be athletic, strong, brave, etc. It's funny because Katniss fits in the "boy sphere" and Peeta could fit in either or. This is the reason Pharr and Clark believe the Hunger Games was so popular. It denies the theory about girl and boy spheres. The book also complicated gender binaries of masculinity and feminine portrayal of war and romance. This makes it new and exciting and also less predictable especially to readers who were brought of thinking pink and blue.

Gender roles are a huge problem in society. Think about a toy commercial. Within the first five seconds of watching it, you will be able to determine if it is meant for a boy or a girl. Television shows are also stereotyped. For example My Little Pony. Children consider it a girly show based on the way it is advertised, but who says a boy can't watch? Gender roles in books are slowly becoming less stereotypical. For example, Hermione in Harry Potter is a powerful female character with a strong presence in the book. There are not many female characters with her presence. Collins was able to change our traditional understanding of the heroic modernist narrative by creating Katniss, a female character with the physical prowess.

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