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The Hunger Games Essay

800 words - 4 pages

While picking a pop culture phenomenon, immediately ‘The Hunger Games’ came to mind. There is no limits when it comes to the things I could talk about using this topic. Such as: the characters and how their fiction lives can relate to reality. The title it’s self-threw me for a whirl. Not only do I love the story but others adore it as well. I typically do not like the science fiction type of books/movies but this one really caught my attention. Children my age and younger fighting until death? Did not think it would be something I really enjoyed. What totally blew me away was the realistic feel of the story. People in the world today can relate on a personal level, while reading the book or even watching the movie it draws the audience in grasping their attention; sending out an important message using a strong female lead character and co characters with amazing personalities. This specific story in not just about love, but there is love within the story that throws the audience for a twist.
Suzanne Collins’s envisioned ‘The Hunger Games’ from a myth she read when she was eight years old, Theseus and the Minotaur. In the book the Athens would punish the Crete by sending seven youths and seven maidens to be thrown into the labyrinth (a maze) and devoured by the Minotaur, which is a monster that is half man and half bull. In the story the cycle does not end until Theseus volunteers to go and, he kills the Minotaur. In which Katniss Everdeen was born. In her own way Katniss is Collins’s Theseus who is the heroine in her updated version of the Roman gladiator games, thus brings us ‘The Hunger Games’. (Shmoop Editorial Team)
‘The Hunger Games’ in a nutshell, an annual competition held each year by the government of Panem to remind all of the districts not to rebel against them or the ending would not be pretty. The name Panem come from the Latin phrase panem et circenses, which translates ‘bread and circuses’. The phrase is used to describe entertainment used to distract the public’s attention form more important matters. In other words, by the government providing food and entertainment, the citizens would be forced to give up their rights.
A tribute is held each year selecting twenty-four...

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