Feminism and Marxism are two major themes in the film Hunger Games. Increasing government control over the individual leads to human-rights violations and institutionalized oppression. Where there is oppression, there is resistance. The unequal social structure empowers the individual to reject immoral controls and stimulates the emergence of Katniss’s feminism. From the Marxist views, film Hunger games discloses the evil sides of society. The film shows a strong oppression of the poor by the rich. The Hunger Games begins at Panem, a nation which consists of a wealthy Capitol and twelve impecunious district. Capitol is the rich and dominating class that takes charge of education and the media and keeps the districts in a state of hunger and poverty. Capitol holds a famous yet inhumane annually hunger game among twenty four teenagers that selected from the twelve districts. The game has only one winner which means all other people have to die. The brutal game strongly exemplifies the oppression that Capitol brings to districts. Actually, the hunger game is a punishment that admonishes...
In today’s world, words, phrases, and commonly known sayings have been altered into an abomination of societies issues and thoughts. Some of earth’s most natural pieces have been used to represent some of today’s most popular brands and technology, such as the apple and Macintosh. Like A. E. Waite said, “The true Tarot is symbolism; it speaks no other language and offers no other signs.” A common occurrence of symbols are demonstrated by Suzanne Collins which signify references predominant in Greek and Roman mythology and deliver deeper meaning to the characters and their role in the novel The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games that follows, the term that defines a dystopian fiction. One main belief that defines Dystopian society is the development into a “hierarchical society” (“Dystopia”). A hierarchical society plays a big part in the story that outline the whole plot. For example, Capitol is wealthier than all the districts. Some districts are more privileged than others. The Careers, being tributes from districts one to three, are prepared and trained for years before the games. However, this is illegal, but because of the support towards District two from the Capitol, they are let off, along with District one and District four, the other richer districts. In this cas...
Women in society are often viewed as lesser and are expected to have more feminine like roles in many situations. However, in other situations they are expected to have more masculine roles. In The Hunger Games, by the director Gary Ross, shows this way of thinking in society throughout the movie. The Hunger Games uses rhetorical moves to appeal to pathos, ethos, and logos to show how society has unrealistic views on women in today’s society by expecting them to have both feminine and masculine roles.
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.
In our Society when you don't follow the rules, you become an outcast to the rest of the society. Suzanne Collins’ novel series, The Hunger Games criticizes our society and its demands for people of specific genders to act in certain ways and become certain things. Stereotypes concerning gender are prevalent in our society and all over the world. However, The Hunger Games gives a very refreshing tone of “mockery” to these stereotypes. Katniss Everdeen isn’t your typical 16 year old girl, and neither is Peeta Mellark a typical 16 year old boy, especially when they are fighting everyday just to survive. The Hunger Games is a work of social commentary, used to convince us that there can’t and shouldn’t be any defined “roles” based on gender. A mixture of “stereo-typical” gender roles within a person and their actions is what people need just to survive in our world that is changing every day.
Moreover, in The Hunger Games the exploitive government uses violent and manipulative oriented incentives to keep the population stable. Although, the concept of the annual games is highly disturbing, the promise of wealth and celebrity is very enticing to the impoverished districts. With the promise of the victors being “showered with prizes, largely consisting of food” (Miller 4) the government tries to use the prize of the games as an incentive for the community to function without rebellion from the population. In the film, President Snow remarks on the true purpose for the extravagance and display of the games. Snow discusses that the legitimate purpose of the games is to provide the districts with “Hope. It is the only thing stronger
In The Hunger Games District 12 gives the capital a very negative connotation because in the movie katniss shows everyone in her district that there is life outside of coal mining. In the movie when Katniss and Peeta get on the train they look amazed to see the surplus of deserts and fruits, but Effie chuckles and acts like it’s no big deal. This part of the movie shows how classism has taken over to the point where fruit is a luxury to district 12 but is normal to the capitol. I think that the author was smart to put this part of the movie in because it really shows the economic difference between district 12 and the capitol. This section shows the difference in perspective between katniss and peeta to the people of the capital because even the way they see kinds of foods shows marxist theory at work.
One of the strongest themes in The Hunger Games is its condemnation of imperialism, which is represented by the Capitol of Panem. Throughout its pages, the novel invites readers to denounce the oppressive socioeconomic forces and repressive ideologies of the Capitol and its representatives. The Hunger Games certainly has a Marxist agenda as it reveals the crippling effects of the oppression of the people by the elite few. Citizens of the Capitol are living lives of luxury and ease while the hard-working and impoverished citizens of the other districts struggle to get by. These are “men and women with hunched shoulders, swollen knuckles, many who have long since stopped trying to scrub the coal dust out of their broken nails, the lines of their sunken faces” (Collins 4). They are the perfect representation of the Marxist proletariat, “the majority of the global population who live in substandard conditions and who have always performed the manual labor that fills the coffers of the rich” (Tyson 54). They have lost hope and merely toil under the domination of the privileged elite, the bourgeoisie who control the world’s natural, economic, and human resources. This domination pervades every aspect of their lives – they are constantly watched by “Peacekeepers” who ensure that there is no hint of rebellion among the people. Katniss and her best friend Gale (a boy who also lost his father at a young age) have nothing but disdain for the Orwellian “big brother” intrusiveness of the Capitol. “District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety,” Katniss mutters. Then she glances quickly over her shoulder. Even here, even in the middle of nowhere, you worry someone might overhear you” (Collins 4). ...
Complete governmental control develops as an apparent theme of both 1984 and The Hunger Games. 1984 uses the concept of big brother for the sole purpose of instilling a dependence on the government for every aspect in the citizens’ lives. Similarly, the capitol of Panem in The Hunger Games censors information from the people so that any idea of revolution will be instantaneously
Before this book was made, in the 20th century, the Woman’s Suffrage movement was a huge movement from the political stand point. Woman were given the right to vote and given more rights for themselves. (NWHM) This book, depending on which district, seems to view women as a burden to society. Collins seems to look at woman as a growing power due to Katniss, the main character of the story. Not only does Katniss show that women have power by bringing food to the community and having enough courage to volunteer for a position in the games itself, she likes to question society and make decisions that show how much, as a woman, that she can do. Katniss is viewed as “the girl on fire” Collins even put in that Katniss viewed herself as though she was not pretty, not beautiful, but as radiant as the sun. This just goes to show the power that she sees in herself and how much fire she can start to get a movement going. This shows the activist in her and the power she wants to have as a woman. Her younger sister, Prim, is viewed as a child that was always seems to be a risk. Katniss calls her “little duck” through the book giving her the child-like nickname that makes the reader look for the child-like qualities. (Collins) Their mother tends to be a burden, as if Collins used her character to show a connection between how women are treated in the book and how women were treated in the past. Although, it’s not just the women that seem to be like sheep, it’s almost everyone in society. Collins tries to push the idea of every person, no matter the gender, as unequal to the dominant
The Hunger Games Feral Feminism written by Katha Pollitt was one of the most interesting articles I have ever read. I agree with Pollitt that the movie go some things right and wrong about the book. One way the movie got it right was by showing us the dystopian capital city. Pollitt writes “In the Capitol, which has the dated-futuristic look of a fascist Oz.” (Pg. 555) I agree with Pollitt is that I love what they did with the Capital City in the movies and especially in the third with the destroyed city that was littered with the deadly booby traps/mines. Another thing about the city is what the Capital city was based on other human cultures. Pollitt wrote how lifestyle is somewhere between Roman Empire, the Court of Louis XVI, and the Cirque
“Ours not to reason why, ours but to do and die.” by Alfred Lord Tennyson basically sums up The Hunger Games. While the Tennyson quote is about the courageous Light Brigade in the Crimean War, The Hunger Games is a twisted and sick corruption of government’s care of the people. The Hunger Games is the story of how a leader keeps control of his people by frightening them with the yearly sacrifice of 24 of their children. I did not enjoy the film adaptation of the The Hunger Games ,by Suzanne Collins, as much as I enjoyed the book.
In The Hunger Games, the inequality between the rich and the poor is the biggest theme presented in the book. Throughout the book, Katniss mentions that starvation is common in District 12, and she has often gone hunting illegally in the woods for food for her family. This is an example of how the rich and the poor are separated. Wealth is only centralized in the hands of the rich, while the poor are left to starve, leaving disparity. The best examples of the inequality between the rich and the poor is seen in the tessera system, and the way the tributes are selected for the games. In the novel, they have what is called “the reaping”, which is the lottery at which they choose the tributes for the games. It is said in the book that the poor is more likely to be picked than the rich are. In the tessera system, children
The residents of the districts in The Hunger Games are cruelly treated by the ruling Capitol. In the poorest districts, their labor as miners (District 12) or farmers (District 11) is exploited for the good of the rich while they slowly starve or are injured or killed by their dangerous work. This is very clearly a tale of capitalism run amok: the wealth disparity between the rich (the Capitol), the poor (most of the districts), and the “middle class” (the districts with Career tributes, 1 and 2) mirrors that of contemporary American society. Katniss is a vocal critic of this structure throughout the novel, often thinking things like “What must it be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button? How would I spend the hours I now commit to combing the woods for sustenance if it were so easy to come by? What do they do all day, th...
Humanity has always been overlooked by certain societal standards. Before technology, these norms travelled through proxies like religion, politics, wealth, and certain scientific beliefs. In modern day America, these ideals are now also filtered through mediums such as media, movies, tv shows, fashion, etc. As time goes, we become more aware of the inequalities these ideals create and come up with theories such as feminism and Marxism to analyze them. Socially, Marxism addresses the relationship between one 's economic class and how it affects them in civilization. Meanwhile, feminist theory aims to address the oppression and issues dealt with under a patriarchal lifestyle. In this story we can see how both of these theories affect the central