The Hunger Games Cultural Analysis

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- The Hunger Games, by Susan Collins demonstrates how cultural assumptions can lead to preconceived ideas. The game maker’s negative assumptions of district 12 are reinforced when Katniss shoots the bow and arrow and misses. However their ignorance and disrespect provides a catalyst for Katniss to break these assumptions, by shooting again, this time at an apple in a pig’s mouth. This act is symbolic of historical allusions to William Tell shooting the apple off his son’s head, emphasising district 12 as a force to be reckoned with as opposed to a group of weak individuals “lucky enough to reach old age”, which ultimately reverses the game maker’s preconceived ideas. As such, cultural assumptions can redefine the image of who we are, and
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