Everyone is aware of the unwritten law that asserts that rules are made to be broken. Nothing will ever change if no one stands up for what they believe in. According to the Irish author, Oscar Wilde, throughout history disobedience has always remained man’s original virtue, and it is among disobedience and rebellion that progress is made. Wilde insists that disobedience, rebellion, and going against the rules will be the most influential push towards positive change. Sometimes disobedience seems like it will cause nothing but problems and unwanted consequences; however, like Wilde urges, rebelling and disobeying is surely always worth it in the end. To begin, the foundation of America was built on disobedience and revolution. The Revolutionary …show more content…
Katniss’ act of defiance near the end of the novel with attempting to have her and Peeta eat the poisonous berries to assure there will be no single winner of the games, sparked a fiery rebellion in the districts. That same flame that was in the hearts of the people of America in the 1770’s is shown in this fictional story burning hot in the hearts of the nation of Panem’s citizens. As the books carry through the series, the reader can see that Katniss did the people a favor and sparked progress towards a better life for them. Eventually, the districts win the rebellion and gain reliable government leaders. The story of Katniss in The Hunger Games reaffirms Wilde’s claim, proves disobedience to be valuable, and promotes social …show more content…
For example, sneaking out after curfew most often gets teens to be grounded and forces them to face unwelcome consequences. Breaking the dress code at school often gets teens put in detention. However, there is certainly progress hidden in these rebellious acts. Teens will always learn from sneaking out, and from the consequences of it, to know not to do it again. Breaking dress code brings attention to the issue, and often gets it adjusted for the better. It worked at my high school. Girls wore leggings all the time last year and now the rules have turned into a compromise on wearing leggings- it is allowed if the shirt worn is fingertip length. There is something beautifully defiant in the twisted web of progress that mistakes lead to, and there is no doubt Oscar Wilde knows this. Overall, the Irish author’s claim about disobedience and rebellion is definitely a credible argument. Even when it seems hopeless to find a positive change, there is often at least conclusive learning experiences that exemplify progress. The ability to rebel and break rules is always an undeniably unique and valuable trait. After all, it is those who have no fear to break the rules or to fail that have caused dramatic change in the scope of people’s history. Rules are written to be broken, and the ability to stand out amongst the crowd and be a leader who ignites change is what forces social progress
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History has encountered many different individuals whom have each impacted the 21 in one way or another; two important men whom have revolted against the government in order to achieve justice are Henry David Thoreau and Martin Luther King Jr. Both men impacted numerous individuals with their powerful words, their words carried the ability to inspire both men and women to do right by their morality and not follow unjust laws. “On the Duty of Civil Disobedience” by David Henry Thoreau along with King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail”, allow the audience to understand what it means to protest for what is moral.
The Hunger Games was a good movie when it came out. This movie refers to a dystopia world in which there are 12 districts and a capitol who rules with an iron fist, in which the districts must provide a tribute to fight in an annual Hunger Game as a punishment for a past rebellion. Katniss Everdeen is a hunter from the 12th district, which Gale, her friend gives her tips on hunting. One day her sister, Primrose Everdeen, is chosen for the Hunger Games, and in order to save her, she volunteers instead to serve in the Games along with Peeta Mellark. During a TV interview, Peeta confesses her love for Katniss Everdeen, which causes the enragement of the latter; however, she later forgives him as he explains to her that it was only to gain sponsors. During the Hunger Games, she did not receive a lot of supplies except some medicine to cure a wound, but Districts 1 and 2 almost won the Game due to their training, and amount of supplies which Katniss destroys but cannot recover any of them. The Hunger Games was one of the best movies I ever watched because it has a little bit of everything and it captures the real-life survival game that we live on a daily basis.
Despite the belief that fighting with violence is effective, civil disobedience has been tried throughout history and been successful. Fighting violence with violence leaves no oppertunity for peace to work. By refusing to fight back violently, Martin Luther King Jr. took a race of people, taught them the value of their voice, and they earned the right to vote. Henry David Thoreau presented his doctrine that no man should cooperate with laws that are unjust, but, he must be willing to accept the punishment society sets for breaking those laws, and hundreds of years later, people are still inspired by his words. Mohandas K. Gandhi lead an entire country to its freedom, using only his morals and faith to guide him, as well as those who followed him, proving that one man can make a difference. Civil disobedience is the single tool that any person can use to fight for what they want, and they will be heard. After centuries of questioning it, it appears that the pen truly is mightier than the sword.
In a not-too-distant, some 74 years, into the future the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games; these children are referred to as tributes (Collins, 2008). The Games are meant to be viewed as entertainment, but every citizen knows their purpose, as brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts. The televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eradicate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. The main character throughout the series is a 16-year-old girl from District 12 named Katniss Everdeen.
The Hunger Games, a film based off of a novel written by Susan Collins, was released in March of 2012. The film, and the book it was based on, chronicles the struggles of a girl named Katniss Everdeen, a girl who lives in a poverty stricken province or “District”, until untimely circumstances forces her to play in the Hunger Games, a gladiatorial like contest where children between the ages of 12 and 18 are forced to fight to the death. A contest that was set up by an oppressive and authoritarian government, and has thus far been sustained via the forced obedience of the rebellious Districts, the brainwashing and conditioning of Districts 1 and 2, and the conditioning of the residents of its Capitol. The movie has a variety of messages, most especially in regards toward social control and social conditioning. With these ideas in mind, a case could very well be made that The Hunger Games, throughout its two hour long run time, shows a very realistic look at a socially conditioned society and what humanity can become with the right amount of conditioning and control by an authoritarian force.
Susan Shau Ming Tan’s essay of the Suzanne Collins’s Hunger Games trilogy titled “Burn with Us” is a psychological analysis of the dystopian novels. She analyzes the dominating characteristics of the capital and how through the Hunger Games they are able to silence the population by destroying the innocence of childhood. She also points out some of the defining characteristics of Katniss Everdeen, considered one of the strongest written female protagonists, and shows how she is able to use the oppressive nature of the hunger games to unite the country into rebellion against the capital. This powerful piece of analysis points out some of the more disturbing points in the world of Panem and enlightens the motivations of Katniss as she struggles to be the girl on fire and the girl who just wants to
Katniss Everdeen lives in Panam, in District Twelve, under the control of the oppressive Capitol and President Snow. Katniss’s sister, Primrose, is chosen for the Hunger Games. The contestants must kill each other to win and Katniss fears for Prims life. She then volunteers in her place(Collins, pg 22). Throughout the book, Katniss defies the Capitol. She hunts outside her district, sells food in her district’s black market, and wears a mockingjay pin. the pin is directly related to defying the Capitol. Near the end of the book, Katniss and Peeta, the male tribute for District Twelve, defy the Capitol in a most public way(Collins, pg 345). They were going to commit suicide by eating poison berries. This would cause the Games to have no victor. It would be the ultimate act of rebellion done by any couple in Panam. The form of rebellion done by primarily Katniss is a different rebellion than seen in Grease. This rebellion was against a corrupt and powerful government. But, it was still rebellion. The message given by the book about rebellion is: defy corrupt governments and people and, don’t do bad things just because someone tells you to. Pop culture has obsessed over this book, its sequels, and its movies. With obsessing over the book, comes obsessing over the defiance and
The Hunger Games is an astonishing reading experience that propels the reader to feel the emotions expressed by the characters throughout the novel. These emotions were expertly developed by Suzanne Collins to create an atmosphere of compassion and understanding. Katniss Everdeen was affected by turning points which caused great adversity, demonstrated her resilience and also discipline as a human being. While others would’ve backed down and gave up, Katniss persevered to accomplish her goals no matter the situation. Volunteering as tribute, losing her sister-like friend Rue and threatening her own life for the benefit of all the districts are all examples of turning points. In life we are all faced with points where everything changes, these
French philosopher Albert Camus once said, “With rebellion, awareness is born.” Society imposes a set of preconceived notions of how one ought to act—to obey the law, uphold civic virtue and always respect the authority of the sovereign. These ideologies are what sustains society; however, Camus refers to another form of sustenance required in society: rebellion. Rebellion paves the way for conscientization as individuals learn both the levers of oppressive power structures and how to combat them. Another form of rebellion is contextualized by conflicting interests within oneself. Rebellion allows for critical perceptions of how our lives are shaped and molded by authorities. The conflict between our inner beliefs and the beliefs of an authority
Disobedience is concretely defined as “The failure or refusal to obey someone in authority”, so it is no surprise - considering the beliefs of the contemporary societies - that it is a prevalent theme in Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ and Webster’s ‘The Duchess of Malfi’. Both texts revolve around the disobedience of a central character, Eve in ‘Paradise Lost’ and The Duchess in ‘The Duchess of Malfi’, both authors intelligently explore the inevitable consequences of disobeying those higher than yourself.
Since she is the female victor from district 12, she is in the 74th Hunger Games. She sees how painful and scary it is and so she tries to stop the capital which is who is controlling everything. She doesn’t want that to happen to anyone else. She rebels against President Snow in plan of eventually killing him to take over the capital and change the world. Teens can relate to this because a lot of the time we feel controlled. It might be by a parent, teacher, grandparent or someone else but all of us are controlled by someone. A lot of teenagers end up rebelling because they feel as if they have no choices. They go against the rules of who they are rebelling against. That persons rules and values are not necessarily right. Who decides what is right? It seems as if we have entered into a state time where there is no right and wrong. Katniss breaks free of that control and does her own thing. Another way teens can relate to the hunger games is through the love triangle. Some of us might have a similar situation of where we might like two people. In the movie it says, “What I need is not Gales fire, kindled with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can
The main character, Katniss, volunteers as tribute for her district to save her sister from having to be tribute. Upon arriving in the Capitol for the games, she sees just how vast the gap between the Capitol and districts are. To fight against this class struggle, she begins to revolt. At first this comes in the form of small things, like shooting an arrow at a pig feast of Capitol higher-ups and refusing to kill her friend in the games, resulting in the first ever co-victors of the Hunger Games. Katniss’ actions soon lead to full blown rebellion in the districts, starting a revolutionary war between them and the Capitol. At one point Katniss remarks: “My ongoing struggle against the Capitol, which has so often felt like a solitary journey, has not been undertaken alone. I have had thousands upon thousands of people from the districts at my side.” (Catching Fire 90). In true Marxist fashion the working class needed to use a violent revolution to confront the class struggle against the ruling