THE REPRESENTATION OF WOMAN’S OPPRESSION THROUGH A FEMALE MAIN CHARACTER IN SUZANNE COLLINS’ CATCHING FIRE

Farid Esti Khoma

ABSTRACT

 

Woman’s oppression is the social problem that happen in society. In the U.S society, woman’s oppression happens because the domination power of man. Domination power of man causes oppression toward woman through violence and discrimination. Oppression toward woman is not only physical oppression but also psychological or mental oppression. Woman’s oppression is caused by patriarchal ideology where put woman to stay under control of man. This gives an influence toward women’s authors in United States. Women’s authors begin to rise patriarchal ideology toward social problem about woman’s oppression. One of the women’s authors who talk about patriarchal ideology is Suzanne Collins. In her work Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins tells the story of a girl named Katniss Everdeen who experiencing an oppression in her life by authoritarian man named President Snow. In this case, she is not only getting oppression from President Snow but also from people behind President’s authority. She is not only experiencing physical oppression but also mental oppression. Media also take an important role in oppressing her life by using her as tool to distort reality of President’s authority. To examine this work the writer begin from social problem that is woman’s oppression that experienced by female main character. In detailing the problems, the writer use patriarchal ideology. By using patriarchal ideology to analyze social problem that happen in female main character Katniss Everdeen, it shows the factors that cause woman’s oppression and how it affects her lives to be oppressed. In the end it will be known that patriarchal ideology is used by the author to present that woman in subordinate position to stay under the domination of man.

 

Keywords: woman’s oppression, media, domination, patriarchal ideology.

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