Analysis Of Everdeen

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Media plays an extremely important role in shaping aspects of North American culture. Mediums such as magazines, television, radio, and film portray stereotypes of men and women while reproducing predominant culture and society. As such, the media has become an important factor in gender inequality; the types of occupations males and females choose, and their relative incomes. Today, in North American culture' class='brand-secondary'>popular culture there is unequal gender portrayal with stereotypes pertaining to women as homemakers, dependent on men, or as objects of male attention. As a reflection of these stereotypes, which in turn have become ideologies embodied in North American beliefs, according to the CNN Money Analysis, “only 14.2% of the top five leadership positions…show more content…
With blockbuster films such as The Hunger Games trilogy (2012) it successfully passes the Bechdel Test and features empowering female protagonist Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence). Nonetheless, when critically analyzing Everdeen through the Male Gaze theory (Mulvey, 1975), Everdeen exemplifies several problematic traits in relation to her personality and success. The Male Gaze, rests on the premise of psychoanalytic theory (Sigmund Freud) and “demonstrate[es] the way the unconscious of patriarchal society has structured film form”. When studying Everdeen’s personality traits through this theory it is clear that her success is represented as negative. Mulvey states that a female “impl[ies] a threat of castration”. Everdeen demonstrates this threat in her cut throat mentality towards her rivals in the arena, indecisiveness between choosing love interests Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) and Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth), and lack of emotion. While Everdeen is portrayed as selfish, too self reliant, and castrating, successful men in various other films are portrayed as sexy, intelligent, and charismatic. Ultimately, Everdeen is given undesirable personality traits as compensation for being a dominant and successful woman. Film and other popular media in North America connote the ideology that to be a successful woman one must be cut-throat, un-nurturing, and intimidating, whereas success is in a mans nature. This along with other gender binaries pose a problem for North American culture because of the wrongful integration into naturalized
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