Thursday, April 3, 2014

Blog Entry #9


In my opinion, feminism is an immensely prominent theme in the Hunger Games trilogy. The fact that Katniss is female changes the conversations surrounding the books. When JK Rowling was writing the Harry Potter series, people discussed what an amazing story she was telling and how important the themes of friendship and leadership were but there were no conversations surrounding gender. Collins caused a new conversation to take place that made people discuss what it means to be a leader. Dr. Raley’s lecture on gender also raised some interesting points surrounding gender. All too often, gender becomes such an important part of everything that takes place on a daily basis. Gender changes how we interact with each other and how we view each other. In the books, Katniss is described as being a relatively small, yet strong and quick, female. Because of her appearance, she probably would not have been considered a threat had she not been given such a high number before the games started. Katniss continues to assert her dominance and her legitimacy as a threat throughout the novels, which ultimately leads to her ability to lead the districts through the rebellion. I feel as though Collins did an excellent job presenting Katniss as a person capable of great things, rather than a woman striving to fill a role that could easily be filled by a man. Another example that comes to mind when discussing female leaders is that of Tris from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth. Tris leads her society through a rebellion and the fact that she is female is never a reason for questioning her authority or potential to change things. I hope that heroines like Katniss and Tris can pave the way for more female leaders and allow for a time in which the gender of a leader/hero is no longer a topic of conversation.

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