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Propanganda Used In The Hunger Games

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What would you do to survive? To get the chance to return to your home, embrace your loved ones and breathe the sweet air of victory? In ancient times, around 200 BCE, men were taken as slaves and were put in huge areas, were they had to fight their opponent to the death. This was a form of entertainment for the Roman Empire, and was also a form of dominance, to show the control the Roman Empire had over its people. As Jack London said, “Kill or be killed, eat or be eaten, that was the law.” The same can be said for the dystopian society that Katniss Everdeen inhabits. The government uses the annual hunger games as a form of propaganda, to remind the citizens of their past rebellion, and as a means to control them and their actions in the future. Like gladiators, the tributes are forced to fight to the death, until there is only a sole survivor. Joseph Campbell’s monomyth cycle, will demonstrate the trials and hurdles that Katniss had to overcome, in her journey to survival and physical freedom.
Katniss Everdeen lives in District 12, a poor coal mining district where everyone is just barley scraping together enough food for themselves, let alone their families. Lucky for Katniss’ mother and sister Prim, ahe is very skilled with a bow and often illegally ventures beyond the tall chain link fence, into the forest, to hunt for anything that’s edible. This is Katniss’ routine and she is clearly willing to do what it takes to save her family from starvation. Her call to adventure comes with the annual reaping, where the escort comes and draws names to select the tributes for this year. Each district has two tributes drawn, a boy and a girl. Whilst standing at the reaping, Katniss heard her sister Prim’s name called as the female tribute for the hunger games, she stands up and says “I volunteer!” “I volunteer as tribute!” (Collins. 22). By volunteering, Katniss proves she is more than willing to put her life on the line to save her loved ones. Katniss does not blatantly refuse the call, but rather made sure that her “helper” Gale would take care of her family and keep them from starvation. Katniss never would have left District 12 if the thought her family wasn’t safe. She knew she was very lucky to have someone so close to her, who would do whatever it took to take care of her family while she was fighting for her life
Katniss knows that the maker of the games, will not just throw her into the middle of the area with no training or guidance. That is why she and fellow contestant, Peeta, are given a mentor named Haymitch. First appearing drunkenly incompetent, and seemingly useless, he says “You don’t interfere with my drinking, and I’ll stay sober enough to help you.” (Collins.???) Haymitch is a winner of the hunger games and knows what takes to survive is. Haymitch knows that it winning the hunger games is not all about brute force or sizable strength. It is also about getting citizens to like the tributes, so they will sponsor them and send...

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