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The Hunger Games: A Myth In Disguise

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The movie “The Hunger Games” has many similarities and relations to World Mythology. While it may not seem like this movie is as myth related as others, such as Troy and Thor, many of the themes and situations in the movie were inspired by the stories of the great myths and epics. The overall theme of the movie is courage, strength, and destiny.
The first theme in the movie that is similar to that of mythology is sacrifice. “The Hunger Games” begins with the reaping, a ceremony where one male and one female child from each District are chosen to participate in the Hunger Games to fight to the death. The children are chosen as a sacrifice to pay for the past wrong doings of their ancestors. The ritual begins and a video plays to the audience stating “This is a reminder of the rebellion, a price the districts have to pay. Freedom has a cost; we swore as a nation that we would never know this treason again. So it was said that one female and one male child from each district will be chosen each year to fight to the death as tribute. This is how we remember our past, this is how we secure our future.” The requirement of a sacrifice to ensure survival and food will be available for the future is similar to the sacrifices of many ancient cultures; specifically that of Egyptian myth. Osiris was killed and his body torn to shreds by his brother, Set. Everywhere that Osiris’ body was spread; abundant crops grew as a supply from the Gods. This also relates to the myth of Persephone, who was kidnapped by Pluto and brought to the underworld. Each year when Persephone returned to earth the world would flower with abundant growth, when Persephone went back to the underworld, all plant life ceased to exist until she returned again. This shows us the great power and influence of resources for survival and the extreme sacrifices made to Gods and God like humans, in both the myths and in The Hunger Games.
Another two myths in the movie that relate to mythology are courage and loyalty. The movie continues as Primrose is chosen as the female child, her sister Katniss immediately volunteers to take her place and spare her life. This is similar to the loyalty of family we see in many myths, especially in Homer’s Illiad. (Rosenberg) Katniss is so loyal to her sister and family that she will sacrifice her life to spare her sibling’s. Katniss volunteers, because she knows that she is stronger and has a chance of winning. This shows great courage which is one of the traits of every hero in every myth we have read thus far. Katniss displays courage throughout the rest of the movie...

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