English 2092F/G Lecture Notes - Lecture 8: Cake Decorating, Hot Blooded, Endangerment

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HP – Week 8 – Dystopia 01:09
MOCKINGJAY
A sequel can ask us to re-equate ourselves to characters and a world we already know
In the first two books, District 13 was only a rumour  a glimmer of hope
Second book ends with good news  that D13 is real and on their side
Katniss is against some of the aspects of D13  shown at end when she chooses to
assassinate President Coin with the symbolic arrow rather than President Snow
Dystopia in D13:
Dystopia of Order  rigidly planned government control, schedule for each citizen
(schedule actually printed on their arm), very little freedom
oPervasiveness of social control is captured by the scheduling of leisure
time
Told how much they can eat  regimented meal time structure
oFamily living quarters but don’t eat together as a family in the cafeteria
oGiven specific portions (not necessarily bad  people from D12 are
actually gaining weight); gross food is similar to 1984
Given uniforms to wear  gray clothing
Citizens are referred to as “soldiers”  expected to abide by a military structure
and lifestyle
Developed this structure due to external pressures  NOT in order to control
people like 1984
Pg 32  “Buttercup’s eyes reflected the safety light above the door”
Such a contrast to what people believe in D13  they don’t understand it; don’t
understand having something they value that doesn’t necessarily serve a purpose
in life because their regime is so rigidly practical
Highlights the best and worst of D13  pg 48 when Katniss finds her prep team chained
up deep in the depths of D13
Until this point, D13 has been portrayed as the rescuers but this changes that
Guard doesn’t even understand why Katniss and Gale are so upset  says that
they took bread and they were warned like that’s justifiable for being locked up
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Pg 35  serving sizes are explained and we identify this as a dystopian element
Size is based on age, body size, health, how demanding your schedule, etc.
People from 12 were being given bigger portions to “get them up to weight” 
people from 13 are willing to give the “refugees” a greater portion of scarce
resources
Katniss misses the focus on flavour  the idea of taking pleasure in food
oCook tells Katniss that the rest of the cooks are lacking in imagination and
creativity when it comes to food  everything is measured for its
nutritional and caloric content
oNo expectation of pleasure when it comes to food
oComplete opposite of the Capitol  people actually throw up to enjoy
more food
Page 240-241: imports coming in from D10 (real beef); stew is described as
“beef, potatoes, turnips, and onions in a thick gravy”. Katniss says that the
effects of the delicious food can be felt around the cafeteria  hope, happiness,
joy, increased capacity for caring, etc.
oA value other than physical and practical effects
When Katniss finds the room that’s a meadow filled with trees and hummingbirds: “The
first beautiful thing she’s seen in the D13 compound”
Not actually there to be beautiful  used as a military element so that they can
study the hummingbirds to use their flight patterns for their hovercrafts
The people that react to it in an appreciative way for its nature are the rebels
from the Capitol
Capitol has always been seen as “evil” but we begin to identify with it in this book
Capitol rebel crumples up an piece of paper and the people of D13 just stare
because they are so frugal with their resources
Like us, the people from the Capitol aren’t accustomed to the value that the
people of D13 place on resources
oEx. Buttercup  when Katniss requests to keep Buttercup, the people
from the Capitol totally agree but people from D13 are confused
Individualism is non-existent in D13
Self expression seen in Gale with his creative traps
Peeta with his cake decorating for Annie and Finnick’s wedding  Katniss knows
he’s recovering because of this
Katniss’ self expression is her bow and ability to sing  music and bow are things
she shared with her father
oSongs that she sings are not prepackaged by the Capitol, but are folk
songs from D12  very genuine (ex. Hanging Tree  movie did a good
job showing the importance of this)
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