The Hunger Games and Traditions

Originally Written by Anthony Fertino


There is a long-standing relationship between tradition and society. I believe one of the strongest themes in the substance presented by Suzanne Collins is our capacity to be controlled by order, even if the order is horrendous.

However, her trilogy is the explanation of how we irrevocably rise against that. And although it may seem overly inspirational to some, the resonating truth of our past as civilizations expand and fall, struggle and flourish, is that one person has always been all it takes.

Katniss is very real—in many ways—and in many ways, that person can always be yourself.

We are a constantly progressing species because we push ourselves, with our ambitions, and even with the tragic misdeeds we take upon our own shoulders. I believe that traditions create a sense of familiarity, and through that unity, the President Snows who truly exist will take advantage of our inner thirst for relevance and welcome integration.

The backbone of the trilogy is always the strength of the individual. Even when it falters, even when support is needed, it will prevail, and that no matter what perseverance you may have, the right circumstances demand that the individual make the best decision possible.

That the tradition at hand happens to be life and death, and about society, is trivial in terms of the wide range of applications the concept of rebelling and self thought even when control is not yours.

There are few in this world who have an abundance of control in their lives right now, and it is rarely conveyed so inwardly how significant it is to find a voice within the maelstrom of reality. Katniss’ story is universal, although proportionately varying from our own experiences.

She speaks for a range of people in a myriad of contexts, and I believe we all have the might to break the confines of traditions, find our voice, and wear an emblem on our sleeve to show our pride for it.