Hunger Games Politics

Originally Written by Anthony Fertino

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Everyone has their stake in the political spectrum. Maybe because of your parents, or because of being directly affected by the decision of someone in governmental power, or any number of reasons. Maybe you saw V for Vendetta. I don’t know. But the bottom line is, regardless of how politically aware one is, typically a position has been grounded.

It’s been a hot topic lately with the Presidential Election drawing ever nearer, and I believe, aside from Katniss’ family, that politics is the most important element of the entire trilogy. Our heroine is remarkably aware of the absurdity of the totalitarian government that runs her life, because of its iron fist ruling.

On the silver screen, it seems even more preposterous, almost silly, how the rules of the game change so radically. She realizes at the end of the first installment instantaneously that she cannot kill Peeta, and should not have to.

At this point, she realizes her point of leverage, and sees beyond even returning home to her sister, who was otherwise all of her motivation throughout the entire tournament.

While it may be so conveniently dangerous and familiar to infuse a plot with a totalitarian government, and a tyrant so suitably unforgiving as Snow, it is interesting to follow Katniss’ transition from understanding the flaws of her government, and openly talking about it with Gale, to actually becoming a part of the solution and seeing beyond herself.

This transformation is of course the point of the story—a thematic claim that one should observe there is a world beyond their own, and that they can affect that world.

True, while Katniss is often defiant, she is rarely in a position of personal power, even forced to obey and struggle bargains and compromises with the Resistance in Mockingjay, who are supposed to be the last hope against Snow. However, it was Katniss’ decision to kill herself in the first story, thus her choice remains most useful and most dangerous to both sides of the dystopian country.

I think that perhaps, whether intentional or not, there is a message here in the Hunger Games trilogy by contrasting the harsh conditions Katniss must endure to our own: people refuse to act politically unless their own little bubble is directly disturbed by it. Being aware is a choice, and raising a conviction to stand by is a step further.

No, this isn’t an advertisement to go vote. My only intentions are to interpret Snow and his cohorts, who willingly carry out his bidding, in our trilogy.

It is also a remarkable addition to note the social division between the Capitol, the rich, and the Districts, who keep the world turning and receive restricted benefits from their efforts besides adversity. I think this speaks for itself.

Maybe this is just the way things are, in our country, in our world. And if that’s so, then maybe we can be the change it deserves.