Compare And Contrast The Hunger Games And Robin Hood

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Robin Hood is a character from english folklore from the early 15th century. He is a bow-wielding outlaw hero who “steals from the rich and gives to the poor.” This character has been admired for centuries and recreated many times most notably as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen is a modern take on Robin Hood’s story. Outlaw heroes like Robin Hood and Katniss are often admired because one of their goals is to help the common people. The Hunger Games is not an exact retelling of Robin Hood’s story however it is very similar. Katniss Everdeen is the Robin Hood character of the story. She is an outlaw that fights and oppressive rule and has an iconic bow. Robin Hood is also an outlaw that “robs from the rich and gives to…show more content…
For example, Peeta is comparable to Maid Marian, and Gale is like Little John because they are both a close friend to the main character. While they share the same basic story there are many aspects that differ from each other. In The Hunger Games the government is referred to as the capitol which has far more money and power than the other districts. Katniss rebels against the capitol during the hunger games. While she isn’t exactly stealing from the rich and giving to the poor, she is working to take down the government in order to to help those in the poorer districts like her own. Robin Hood does, however, directly steal from the rich and give to the poor. While they go about helping people in different ways, they are still ultimately helping people. The main characteristic that identifies these two as “outlaw heroes,” is that they are helping the people. The way they help people is one aspect of Robin…show more content…
The Hunger Games takes place in the dystopian future after some unspecified catastrophic event and Robin Hood’s story takes place around the 13th century in medieval England. It should also be mentioned that the time periods during which these stories were released have a large impact on how these characters have been represented. The Hunger Games was published in 2008, where you were far more likely to see a female lead than you would in medieval England. While both were aimed towards a young adult audience, Robin Hood was more geared towards males and The Hunger Games, slightly more towards females. They share the same basic plot, yet their stories take place in a completely different setting. Although Katniss and Robin Hood share the same archetype, the change in setting shows how this archetype can be reimagined for different societies or time periods. Katniss is a modern reimagination of Robin Hood for various reasons. Robin Hood steals from the rich and gives to the poor. Even if he robs with good intention, he is still thief. Katniss however, helps those in the districts by essentially taking down the government. While few people could relate to Katniss, they may admire her more. Robin Hood is an outlaw hero because he helps people, but he still carries the title of a thief. People may be less likely to admire him in this
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