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Aaron Paul has won the Emmy for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 3 years, making him the youngest and only actor to win this award 3 times.
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Designer Alexandra Khitrova Discovers a New Career through Her Stunning Fantasy Concept Artby Christopher Jobson on May 17, 2014. The reaction online and off was swift, and Khitrova soon found herself working on increasingly complex drawings as she suddenly began to get commissions. Now, only a year later, she is already working with a team of writers and artists on a feature film.
Thank you for the question! It relates to something I’ve been thinking about for a while now, so this might be a bit lengthy :) I hope you don’t mind and I hope you’ll like my explanation.
Panem was based on “Divide at impera” principle:
"In politics and sociology, divide and rule (or divide and conquer) is gaining and maintaining power by breaking up larger concentrations of power into pieces that individually have less power than the one implementing the strategy. The concept refers to a strategy that breaks up existing power structures and prevents smaller power groups from linking up.” (wikipedia)
Divide et impera was something Roman emperor Caesar believed in, so it’s nice and fitting for a country which got its name from Panem et circenses.
Panem was made of 12 districts (plus the Capitol) which had no way of communicating one with the other. If they can’t communicate, they cannot join forces and rebel together. Plus, there was no news on tv from other districts. Like, if there was a mining accident in D12, no one outside of the district would hear about it, probably, unless it was so great that it would disrupt the supply of coal to other districts. The only thing people from districts knew of other districts was probably only what they learned about in school, which was really limited. When Katniss talks to Rue in THG, she mentions not knowing of life in other districts:
"It’s interesting, hearing about her life. We have so little communication with anyone outside our district. In fact, I wonder if the Gamemakers are blocking out our conversation, because even though the information seems harmless, they don’t want people in different districts to know about one another.”
So it’s not just lack of communication with each other. It’s basically not even knowing they’re there. If you don’t even hear much about the other district, it’s like they don’t even exist. Your district feels like an island and like it’s suffering the hardships in the mines/orchards/factories all by itself, almost like there are no other districts suffering under Capitol’s rule too.
The only time the districts come in contact with each other is during the Hunger Games and then their children fight each other. They all do suffer from the Games,there’s one thing they have in common, but there’s also more tension the Games bring and a new way to divide them- the poorer districts hate the Career districts because the malnourished poor district’s kids never stand a chance against them. Also, the Games are kinda like a sporting event (not a great metaphor, but bear with me). In today’s society there’s cities that don’t stand each other because their sporting teams constantly clash. It was probably like that during the Games for different districts, just on a much more horrible level. Like, if D3’s tributes got killed by D7 tributes a few years in a row, there would probably be animosity between D3 and D7. So the Games served as a way to divide the districts among themselves even more.
Also, there is a division within the districts between the poor and the rich (or just better off citizens). Remember how Gale treats Madge on the morning of the reaping:
“You won’t be going to the Capitol,” says Gale coolly. His eyes land on a small, circular pin that adorns her dress. Real gold. Beautifully crafted. It could keep a family in bread for months. “What can you have? Five entries? I had six when I was just twelve years old.”
So the division is complete- on a national and district level. It’s easy to rule with an iron fist even if it’s a rich minority ruling a poor majority, when people are so divided they won’t join forces and bring you down. (This also relates to why The Hanging Tree is a rebellion call. I wrote about it a while ago here, if you feel like reading about it)
And then come 74th Games- Katniss and Peeta are presented as a team during the opening ceremony. Peeta acts out of love and decides to sacrifice himself, which is unheard of. Katniss teams up with Rue and mourns her death, which unifies D12 and D11 in a way. Katniss expresses sadness when Thresh dies, which is also uncommon in the Games, again unifying D12 and D11 in a way. D11 sends her bread, which is more teaming up. In the end, Katniss and Peeta’s defiance is also an act of joining forces and standing up against Capitol’s rules. On top of that they’re a poor Seam kid and better off Merchant kid. So they’re teaming up, which is against “divide and rule”, and on top of that it’s going against the in-district division. Is a double defiance of the very basis of Panem.
Victory Tour is basically the Capitol rubbing salt into the wound of other districts. Not only did you tributes come back dead, but now you have to stare at the Victors that maybe even contributed to their death. And not only that, but they got rich because of it. It’s again diving the districts among themselves and dividing the rich from the poor.
By giving money, Peeta defies both- he unites the districts through his kindness and compassion for D11’s loss, and he shares the wealth he got. He says:
"It can in no way replace your losses, but as a token of our thanks we’d like for each of the tributes’ families from District Eleven to receive one month of our winnings every year for the duration of our lives.”
It is also saying indirectly- the loss of your children is not a “sacrifice” as Captol calls it. It is a loss. The Capitol did you wrong and your losses cannot be replaced. But I will go around Capitol and it’s rules and try to fix the wrong they did you in any way I can.
It implied that the loss of their tributes was not a normal thing they should just make peace with. It is a wrong that was done to them, a wrong that can’t be rectified, and won’t be rectified by the Capitol. But from one district to the other, from a district that knows loss to the other district that knows loss, here is at least a small thing we can do.
This was a bit lengthy, but I hope you’ll like it and if you have any more questions, you know where to find me :)
These, for me, are the two most depressing paintings in western history. They were painted by post-impressionist Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec, a man who, due to inbreeding, was born with a genetic disorder that prevented his legs from growing after they were broken. After being so thoroughly mocked for is appearance, he became an alcoholic, which is what eventually caused his institutionalization and death. His only known romantic relations were with prostitutes.
And then he paints something like this which is so beautiful and tender and sentimental. It seems like the couple in bed really loves each other—cares about each other. Wakes up happy to look at each other. And I see that love and passion and I wonder how lonely he must have been. I wonder how he could paint something like this without it breaking his heart.
Maybe they say artists should create what they know, not because its unbelievable when they extend themselves beyond their experiences, but because when they pull it off with such elegance, it’s so damn unbearable to look at. I hate thinking of Lautrec, wondering about the lovers he created and knowing it was beyond his experience. Creating something that he knows is beautiful and knows he’ll never really understand.
My name is Hazel. Augustus Waters was the great star-crossed love of of my life. Ours was an epic love story, and I won’t be able to get more than a sentence into it without disappearing into a puddle of tears. Gus knew. Gus knows. I will not tell you our love story, because like all real love stories, it will die with us. As it should. I’d hoped that he’d be eulogizing me, because there is no one I’d rather have. I can’t talk about our love story, so I will talk about math. I am not a mathematician, but I know this. There is an infinite between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many days of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.
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Josh Hutcherson has finally done the Ice Bucket Challenge and has donated as well!