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The Hunger Games: In Defeating Gender Steryotypes

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The movie, The Hunger Games, starring Josh Hutcherson, and Jennifer Lawrence, is a great example of overcoming gender stereotypes. The movie is set in a post-apocalyptic authoritarian dystopia named Panem, where each major industry has been divided into 12 isolated districts. The regime is ruled by President Snow, who controls the masses with fear, propaganda, and the annual Hunger Games. Every year on the day of the Reaping, each district chooses one male and one female from age 12 to 18 to fight to the death in an arena of violence. This is done to ensure that the districts will stay loyal and to ensure the populace never rises against The Capitol. The Hunger Games is targeted to both a male and female audience and shows that Deborah Tannen’s values of “intimacy and independence,” while true in many circumstance, are not always prevalent and can be overcome by women in certain situations.
Katniss Everdeen, played by Jennifer Lawrence, is portrayed as a teenage girl with a rough upbringing. She lives in district 12 in which the major industry is coal mining. Katniss overcomes traditional male stereotypes by providing for her family. At the age of 11, her father dies. This is a pivotal moment in her life, as she is forced to take care of her family. Every day, she cares for her sick mother and young sister by cooking and cleaning. These are roles that are sometimes attributed to women, but Katniss goes against this stereotype by also hunting for wild game. This masculine act is illegal in Panem due to an effort to further impoverish and control the people. Ignoring The Capitol’s hunting restrictions, Katniss develops a respectable skill with the bow and arrow and becomes a skilled woodsman. Caring for one’s family at the age of 11 is not usually thrust upon young women, however the circumstances force her to step up and act responsibly. Katniss is the sole provider for her family, and her contributions hold the family together. By providing for her family, Katniss overcomes traditional gender roles.
Not only is Katniss a provider, but she is also a protector. On the day of the Reaping for the 76th Hunger Games, Katniss’s sister Primrose is selected as the female tribute to the Hunger Games. Without even thinking, Katniss volunteers to take her sisters place knowing full well that she most likely will not survive. Katniss’s instinct to protect her family comes from years of being the sole provider for her family, and she will do anything to keep them safe. This motivation to protect her family is an advantage that Katniss has over the...

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