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Topics: Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth, Game Pages: 4 (1037 words) Published: April 21, 2015
Lucia Corvalan
English W131
A.I Stephanie Luke
The Monstrous “Monster”
In The Hunger Games, an unsuccessful revolution against an immoral ruler leads to the development of a game where 24 young men and women fight to the death until only one remains. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, takes her sister’s place to compete in this winner-takes-all game. Katniss is portrayed as the under-dog who will ultimately prevail throughout the movie. With the use of camera angles, music and dialogue, Katniss is given superiority over the other competitors. This superiority establishes, as seen through the essay Monster Culture (Seven Theses) by Jeffery Cohen, that Katniss is a rebellious monster who threatens The Capitol’s way of life. Although Cohen focuses on the negative aspects of monsters, in the Hunger Games, Katniss’ monstrous inability to conform to expectations and social order can be viewed as a positive attribute that induces a necessary radical change. The inhabitants of District Twelve believe that Katniss has a good chance of winning; she is smart, resourceful and an exemplary archer. Although she may have the elements necessary to win, she also needs the support of the sponsors, who during the competition are able to send her much needed supplies. Katniss’ coach, Haymitch Abernathy, claims that the only way to get sponsors is to be liked. Katniss soon discovers that in order to be liked she must conform to society’s expectations of a woman. Thus, Katniss uses a TV interview to establish herself as the expected image of a girl. She giggles and smiles to the audience and even twirls around in her dress. She tries to convince the sponsors that she is like every other girl, showing behaviors that would fit perfectly under “the beauty myth” as described by Naomi Wolf. Wolf claims that girls want to be beautiful because that makes them desirable, and men want women who are desirable. In this case, Katniss needs to be desirable for the...

Cited: The Hunger Games. Dir. Gary Ross. LionsGate, 2012. DVD.
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. “Monster Culture (Seven Theses)” Reading for Analytical Writing. Eds. Christine Farris, et al. 3rd ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011, 68-86. Print. 
Naomi Wolf. “The Beauty Myth” Reading for Analytical Writing. Eds. Christine Farris, et al. 3rd ed. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2011, 475-482. Print.
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