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ENGB35 April 3, 2013 Explain the conceptual implications of Katniss‟s covering Rue‟s body with flowers.  Rebelling against Capitol – against the dehumanizing of the contestants.  Making Rue‟s death a little less barbaric, giving her more dignity “I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can‟t own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I” “I keep wishing I could think of a way to… to show the Capitol that they don‟t own me. That I‟m more than just a piece in their games” “I want to die as myself… I don‟t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I‟m not” Hobbesian state of nature, where life is “nasty, brutish, and short”  Artificially induced state of war  Individualism  alienation o Katniss is suspicious of other people by nature o Rue and Katniss‟s teamwork is another kind of rebellion against this Power breeds resistance  Reminding people that Rue is a child and a victim, not just someone on TV (Katniss is representing her as a sign of the Capitol‟s brutality) Alienation vs. alliance and gift economy Reality TV as metafiction  Narrative power: appropriating meaning o Power operates through the media  Rue‟s death: body as sign of Capital‟s power  body as sign of Capitol‟s brutality  Berries: pharmarkon: poison and cure o Suicide becomes a way to reclaim power over your own life  Capitol is extrememly artificial – as is the arena that the contestants compete in Gale: nature Peeta: culture, art ENGB35 April 3, 2013 “To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed”  Peeta sustains Katniss‟s life  Bread = symbol of home  Bread of life? = body of Christ thing.  Peter  Peeta – the meek that inherits the Earth Peeta: art mimesis vs. The Capitol: artifice  “All the colors seem artificial, the pinks too deep, the greens too bright, the yellows painful to the eyes”  Peeta‟s art is different than what the Capitol does because he is not trying to make it better or more interesting-looking. He‟s just making a mimic, not trying to change it. Romanticism: investment in the natural world, and in the
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