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Emerging Archtypal Themes: The Hunger Games, the new Female Heroine and Aries Courage

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Our heroine, Katniss becomes one of the contestants when she volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the lottery.   The story contains some interesting social commentary on our present society: the ruthless power-plays of government by the rich, the waste of our collective creativity on irrelevant social fads, the narcissistic cruelty of a rich and bored society which can fully enjoy the suffering and death of others while warmly loving their own children.    

I read an article by Joanna Weiss, a columnist for the Boston Globe, which viewed our heroine Katniss as a bad role-model for our girls.   After reading the article, I understood why she thought that.   She wanted Katniss to express confidence like a male character!  

Sometimes feminist writers get it so wrong!   Ms. Weiss says, ". . . Katniss is a problematic heroine: yet another young woman who shoulders burdens and fulfills other people's desires, instead of bending the world to her will."   Bending the world to one's will is a very patriarchal way of seeing life.   Isn't that the very trait that has brought us to the brink of environmental devastation and financial ruin?   Then Weiss says, ""though two boys vie for her affections, Katniss barely cares: she's too busy surviving.   If she feels a surge of love, she promptly pushes it away."   Obviously, Ms. Weiss either didn't read the book or perhaps even see the movie.   It seems to me that Ms.Weiss wants Katniss to be a Father's Daughter -- a woman who supports the masculine way of doing things over a more feminine way.     

That's exactly what we DON'T need!   Especially since women make 2nd rate men.  

Continued at: <http://thebardsgrove.blogspot.com/2012/03/>;

  From the Bard's Grove,

Cathy Pagano

 

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