Conformity In The Hunger Games

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Conformity, in relation to societal norms, happens to be something many people strive to deviate from, yet only few are able to achieve. One reason for this could be because the media nowadays is being blamed for manipulating people to subconsciously adhere to certain views. The media is being used to evoke certain thoughts, whether it be about purchasing something being advertised in a commercial, or even in news reports to give the viewers a certain impression on a topic. Likewise, there are people who are successful in resisting this level of conformity. In real life, Lynn Coady, author of Genius or Madness? would exemplify such behaviour, based on what ideas are presented in the essay. Coady expresses a particular distaste towards…show more content…
Such a thing was so uncalled for it caused the gamemaker to panic and bend the rules to avoid a larger catastrophe. Much like Coady, Katniss did not want to adhere to the governing laws placed upon her and broke a few regularly. She ultimately considered running away into the wilderness, into the ruins of district thirteen for a new life. Much like Coady, Katniss’s experience in this new home, later in the story, turned out to be no better. Breaking rules truly was a bigotry considering this municipality was central to the military, and such acts of rebellion were not just accepted as if nothing was…show more content…
Coady seems to be advising the reader to realize just how monotonous life can be with conformity and just how absurd it is in the grand scheme of things. To anyone with good morals, sending teens into an arena and watching them fight to the death as entertainment can only fly in the capital. For so many years, people knew it was a horrible idea, but rebellion was not an option. If Katniss were to follow the advice of Coady, surely there could have been a rebellion started by her, not just as a figurehead or inspiration of the operation. Also, there was the video of the ruins of district thirteen, replayed every year, with a bird appearing near the end of the clip, which gave hope for a better life. The media was always a crucial part of the books as the citizens of Panem were brought to manipulate the public into thinking a certain way, and the protagonists had to learn to use the media to their advantage. Outside of the Capital, many of the citizens were not so easy to manipulate, but they only knew what was shown to them. If Katniss were to follow Coady’s advice in conformity based on the ideas people have, Katniss would have been more suspicious of what is shown to them, much more than just wondering why there is a repeated clip of the ruins of district thirteen. This too would have raised enough questions to start a
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