The Hunger Games (or latter called as THG in this post) is, in my understanding, a movie that presented different gender-based characters. In many movies, the characters of men had always been presented as strong and unbeatable. THG, different from other movies presented Katniss as the main character who is a woman. To some extent, Katniss might be viewed as in the same character with Tomb Riders. However, the different thing that might be obvious in this movie from Tomb Rider is the ways Katniss controls her mind and heart in facing the strong orders from the Capitol. At the end, as usual, a winner should be only one, but at this movie, the winners are two: Katniss and Peeta. This post will be written by using feminist theories as they are used in the literary studies.
When I viewed this movie back from its beginning, there seems to be a vivid different image presented to the viewers. At the beginning, there was a scene in which people who lived in poverty were struggling for food. Katniss is a girl who is growing up in this kind of social environment. She has a sister and a mother. Unfortunately, the character of a father was not available at this point. Katniss had a friend who is a boy. She might be in love with him, but she was not sure. Then, as the story of the movies was presented, along the way, she had to sign herself to the Capitol. From here, the big difference seen. At one side, poverty is presented in such narrow basis, while at another side, especially where Capitol is located, wealthy is portrayed as if it is something weird. Katniss had to play her role in this game where she had to kill many selected participants. The only thing that made her did her best was the hope that she has for her sister in District 12.
When the game was started, Katniss acted completely like a man. Peeta, the one who had come from the same District as her, was not that powerful in facing the battle. Surprisingly enough, Peeta was the one who silently helped Katniss from being killed by Kato. When I viewed these two characters, Peeta was a bit closer to represent the passive character, which was usually represented with womanly characters. Peeta was strong, but eventually, he was not that strong. He could destroy almost all of his enemies’ strength, but due to his lack of strategic plan, he could be defeated. Meanwhile, Katniss was a different girl from any other girl portrayed in adventure and action movie. She could use an arrow and point to its target in such a very focus way. Her mimic, behaviour, and gestures portrayed the character of men. The different scene from this is usually seen when she was protecting Peeta from the enemies. Even though at the end they were the winners after being stopped by the game manager from eating the nightplock, Capitol seemed to be disrespectful to what the game manager did.
What about the image of the Capitol and current political climate? I found a unique link between this movie with what happened in the era of Greece and Roman empire. The mode of instruction was different: Greece and Roman would use orders of the king spoken by mouth, while the Capitol used technology to give orders. The distinction between the poor (District 12) and the Capitol would seem to be connected with what is happening in our world recently. People who lived in the Capitol seem to live their life as if they are clowns with fake happiness, although they could get all foods they want. People who live in the District 12, even though they are poor and having difficulties to find food, they do not have the fake emotional expression. They stand together. For the game itself, I viewed it as in the same line with political system of a country, especially the United States or even many other countries. The moral value that I could learn from this movie is that the winners are actually not the ones who could kill all enemies, but they are the ones who could help and safe people whom they love.
A closing remark from me is that this movie should be watched by girls and women. They could be even stronger than the men. Women may not be that powerful than men in terms of physical standpoint, but in other dimensions, women are much more powerful than men. Isn’t it interesting, right?
Thank you Yessie, Diana, and Shun for the weekend. I enjoyed watching the movie in our sweet lounge 529 Cougar Village! 🙂