I’ve been wondering for awhile if I was ever going to expand on the whole “undergraduate research conference” experience AKA whatever the heck I talked about. Because… well… I know what I talked about and holy cow it made me sounds like the English major nerd that I am. I was okay with that. More than, actually because it is rarely that I get excited and this made more more so than most things. However, for those who didn’t understand or didn’t care, it was frustrating trying to make them understand, so I eventually gave up.
So… to make me sound like the nerd that I am let me introduce you to my topic to hopefully orient you a little. Or a lot. Hopefully it makes sense! As an FYI: my paper/URC presentation came from the Hunger Games and following research (although at this point I can’t remember the research I used so forgive for not using it).
first off, for my original paper I talked about how the tributes in the HG were not just tributes but also objectified and turned into a sort of commodity for those in the capitol. It was a bit tricky using the word commodity because the book doesn’t explicitly give off those vibes, although Katniss does mention betting and stuff that goes on.
So… without further ado: the three steps to becoming a commodity for the capitol. Strangely enough, they are also the steps to making you noticeable for the games. I will also be leaving out the quotes from the book I used. It’s late at night and I don’t feel like digging them out. Please bear with me.
- Make a Splash at the tributes parade. The more noticeable you are at the parade the more likely people are to pay attention are to you from there are out.
- Which adds to with a high training score. High training score tend to make tributes more appealing. Two things that can go wrong with this ideology though: tributes who go last tend to get lesser scores due to gamemakers being drunk and sometimes tributes would forgo a high score to stay under the radar.
- Thirdly, be appealing during the interview. But the thing with the interviews is that in order to appeal to a certain group, you won’t appeal to another. So, be something sexy or terrifying and you probably won’t get in
After these lovely talking points, I went on to explain what happened once a tribute won, using the voices of Haymitch and Finnick with their stories of terror (and sadness). How a tribute was physically turned into a commodity and how they blackmailed into doing everything they did.
The URC is one of things that I was not a fan of doing. Or at least not really. But I got to explore my mind a bit. See what I could come up with. It scared me a bit, knowing that I could come up with an idea as brilliant as this (which totally defeats the previous post of I’m a fraud). I also got to embrace my nerdom a bit. Revel in it, even if others didn’t appreciate it.
Anyways, did you understand where I was coming from? what did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!