Hunger Games-Part B (Introspection) (Ch 1-6)
e. "I cannot afford to get upset, to leave this room with puffy eyes and a red nose. Crying is not an option . There will be more cameras at the train station." p.34
Katniss is a strong person in the inside as she has been taking care of herself and her family for several years now. Although, on that day she feels weak because she is about to enter a battle that could possibly be the last thing she does. The hunger games are about staying strong, fearful and smart and she needs to show it. Katniss does not want to tear up because with all the cameras, all the other tributes will recognize that she is weak and that will make her an easy target. To be the winner of the Hunger Games, which Katniss wants to be a lot, you have to intimidate the opponents into thinking your strong and won't go done with a fight. That is why she's trying to hide her tears. I can relate this to me because when I line up at the faceoff dot in hockey, I don't want to look nervous, happy or confused; I want to look vicious and anxious to play so my opponent might stay away from me and feel afraid. this is a dystopia of corporate control because they want you to be someone who you're not and to not show the real you or else you'll get ripped a part. I think this because "you're" not good enough and they want to watch people who aren't scared and know everything.
Hunger Games Part C: Themes (Chap 7-12)
Theme: Image & Beauty
A theme that’s being developed in chapters seven through twelve is how important image and beauty are in the Capitol. The only thing that the Capitol cares about is how you portray yourself on the outside, it doesn’t matter what’s on the inside, or your individuality. For example Katniss says, “Effie makes me say a hundred banal phrases starting with a smile, while smiling, or ending with a smile.” Effie Trinket spends hours preparing Katniss for her interview, but she only focus’ on things like sitting, posture, eye contact, hand gestures and smiling. These are all physical characteristics that Katniss must perfect so that she is perfect for her interview, in front of the Capitol. Another example is when Katniss is with Haymitch and says “By the end of the session, I am no one at all.” Haymitch tells Katniss to be humble, cocky, funny, sexy or mysterious because who she really is, isn’t good enough for them. He’s trying to make her into something that she’s not so that she will please the audience. The most important part of these chapters when Katniss’ appearance matters the most is when Peeta proclaims his love for her. Haymitch says, “Who cares? It’s all a big show. It’s all how you’re perceived.” The reason why Katniss didn’t know that Peeta was going to do that is because her reaction was crucial. She needed to show the audience how much of a shock this was for her, and she needed the audience to believe her, which they did. The Capitol doesn’t care about who Katniss is on the inside or how she really feels towards the Hunger Games. They only see what’s on the outside and that’s all that matters to them, is how you’re portrayed.
Part D: Discussion
1. A dystopian society is defined as being "an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives". How does this differ from a utopia? Why is Panem a dystopia (give several reasons and examples to support), or could it be a utopia? Argue for/against.
A dystopian society is completely different from a utopia by virtue of the fact that a utopia is a community that possesses highly desirable or perfect traits. People who live in a utopian society would have little to no prevalent issues. Everything would be a cookie-cutter style perfect world where there is freedom to do whatever you want. Whereas in a dystopia, there isn't nearly as much freedom or decency. The districts of Panem have clear dystopian elements: the districts live mostly in poverty, government systems are monopolized, it seems to be governed militarily (by the peacekeepers) and the blatant fact that they are making children fight to the death. The government also has a heavy use of propaganda to keep the citizens of the Capitol in line, which could be considered utopian. In the Capitol there is never a shortage of supplies or food, they have service at the push of a button.