The Book and Movie, The Hunger Games, is an allusion to The story of Theseus and the Minotaur from Greek Mythology. The story goes that Minos, the king of Crete, once sent his only son on a visit to Athens, and he was sent by the Athenian king to fight a bull. When the boy died from the fight, the angry Minos captured Athens and declared that he would destroy it unless they completed his bizarre demand: once every nine years, the Athenians had to send a tribute of seven maidens and seven youths, who would then be forced to confront the Minotaur, who would devour them. This directly parallels the story of The Hunger Games. This rewritten version of an old Greek legend shows a theme of how history can repeat itself.
This essay psychoanalyzes one of the main characters in the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. The main character in this novel is Katniss Everdeen. Some defense mechanisms are illustrated in her behavior and actions. This novel is about a country that consists of 12 districts ruled by the Capitol, a totalitarian city. Every year, each district sends two participants, a boy and a girl, to Capitol to participate in the Hunger Games. The participants fight till death, and the survived participant is crowned as the Victor. The novel tells the story of the sixteen-year-old girl Katniss Everdeen, who volunteers to take her younger sister's place in the annual Hunger Games. Peeta was chosen as the male contestant from district 12. The novel
Often in literature, comparing stories will lead to revelations about human nature. Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games both share a motif of being trapped and take human nature to another level. Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games prove that working together and looking out for each other will give you a greater shot at victory.
The Hunger Games is a fascinating series that challenges ideas about government and society. The government and elite citizens force the youth of different economic backgrounds to hunt one another for the amusement of the society’s elites and to demonstrate leadership. The districts have no choice but to obey the president's commands unless they wish to be publically humiliated and killed. Does this represent our political system? We have the freedom of speech but if we tried to start an uprising we would be detained and
“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is a suspenseful and frightening story about a 16 year old girl, Katniss everdeen who is born into a small village called District 12. The capitol, which controls the districts hosts an annual Hunger Games each and every year. Two tributes, a boy and a girl from each district are chosen between the ages of 12-18 to compete against 22 other tributes, but only one can win. Katniss is not chosen, but her younger sister Prim is chosen at only 12 years old. Katniss volunteers in Prim 's place and is now in the hunger games. The boy tribute from district 12 is a son of a baker, Peeta Mellark. They are taken to the capitol and are preparing to spend three horrifying weeks inside of the arena where life or death is their
In the Hunger Games series, a dystopian future is set up. The government of Panem, The Capitol, holds the wealth of Panem giving it the power to control all districts. In order to enforce this theory, they created the Hunger Games. They suppressed the rights of the citizen’s of Panem and selected their children in order to fight each other do death for survival. These games were created to scare the people and show them who was in charge. While these dystopian societies are going on, there are also utopian societies that we can see in our dreams. These societies are filled with what we think makes them perfect. For example, the utopian universe that can be brought to mind could be free of poverty, homelessness, war, racism ,etc. But, if we deeply think about it, if these problems did
In the first installment of the Hunger Games series we are greeted to the character Katniss Everdeen. Katniss and her family reside in the lowly District 12, the coal mining district, where the felling of death and despair is a guarantee. After the death of her father in a coal mining accident Katniss must do whatever she must in order to ensure the survival of her family and herself. Directed by Gary Ross the film was both a critical and financial success.
The Hunger Games is a fairly popular and typical tale that includes a heroine, courage, and bravery. This story can be read or watched through many different lenses such as a Marxist lens, feminist lens, or even an archetypal lens. Through these lenses one can see as a reader or viewer that this is not just a story that fits into one category, but one that can fit into many. Using the Marxist and feminist lenses a viewer can gain a great depth of knowledge into The Hunger Games story itself.
Governmental Control in the “Hunger Games” was something that was really highlighted as people in the capitol had control over those living in the district. The district had strict laws inflicted upon them, making life difficult. Unable or making it really difficult to manage life and feedstocks, while those living in the capitol are free with an easy going life. Such power is capable of controlling those living in the district, making them fight for power while they watch for personal entertainment, “This is the capitol's way of reminding us, now totally we are at their mercy”. Another example of the capitol's power is that “Each district must nominate one boy and one girl for this years annual hunger games; control over the people, denial is something impossible for those living in the district. The freedom of the people
The theme of the dystopian novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is survival. Katniss Everdeen is the epitome of this theme; her disposition luckily possesses all of the attributes needed to survive. Katniss displays the theme of survival because she is resourceful, has integrity, and has perseverance.
That’s how Americans get their entertainment. In addition to the previous statement, hunger and starvation is another symbol that describes the abuse of power is hunger and starvation. Hunger and starvation play a huge part in the storyline because the capitol has most of the food but in some districts food is very sparse such as District Twelve which is where Katniss resides. The reason that Katniss is participating in the Hunger Games and the reason why it’s called the Hunger Games is because whoever wins the games will be rewarded with extravagant gifts and mostly food so to speak. Furthermore, there is a lot of violence and war which makes this book gruesome and fun to read. There is a rebellion going on that the capitol has no idea about because during the games at the end of the book Katniss shoots an arrow at the force field that surrounds the arena where the tributes are fighting. Another major theme in this book is the theme of survival while keeping your feelings and . Katniss, represents this theme very well because she is going into a dangerous and risky game that the capital uses children to
The Hunger Games trilogy revolves around universal dystopian themes such as :oppression, rebellion, class tension as well as appearance vs. reality ," Collins creates the world that on one hand seems quite improbable and extreme, but on the other, vividly reflects some specific issues in a real world, like social inequalities, ignorance and passivity of the people" (Macanić 7).
The film follows a classic narrative arrangement delineated by Todorov. The movie begins with an equilibrium, the people of District 12 live in a miserable penury, which leads to Katniss looking after her family (adopting a patriarchal role, as it was mentioned before). Later on, there is a disequilibrium, Katniss volunteers to take part in the Hunger Games in order to save her sister’s life. And then a new equilibrium arises at the end, as Katniss wins the Hunger Games, consequently finishing an archetypal Hollywood three part story arc. Another narrative structure theory that can applied to the film is Propp’s study on narrative, in this case, the functions of characters. There are six distinct characters present in the storyline: a villain/s (President Snow and Cato); the hero (Katniss); the donor/s (Cinna and Haymitch); the helper/s (Rue, Peeta, Haymitch and Cinna); the princess (Peeta is the “princess” in the film, as he definitely seems to be rescued by Katniss); and the dispatcher (Effie, she randomly selects the participants for the
Suzanne Collins author of “The Hunger Games” designed Katniss Everdeen as the idealistic image of women in society. Her strength, skills, and self-control make her a figure of a woman perfect to match how our society wants women to be like and Suzanne wants that to stand out and make us think about it. Suzanne Collins wants to express how she thinks female should be like in everyday life and express that Katniss is much more than just a character, she is a message that is being sent to all the readers. Katniss breaks all the already established stereotypes by being able to survive, improvise and control herself in bad moments when even the toughest person would break apart.