Is Katniss a Modern-Day Spartacus?

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PostTue Dec 03, 2013 9:22 pm » by Evildweeb


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Is Katniss a Modern-Day Spartacus?


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by @LearnLiberty

Published on Dec 3, 2013

Literature and legend often reflect their culture. Some themes, like that of rulers imposing coercive power, or of individuals rising up against tyrants, are as relevant today as they were in antiquity. Suzanne Collins drew on Greek mythology's story of the Minotaur and on the legend of Spartacus in ancient Rome as she created the Hunger Games series. Her hero, like the heroes in these stories, does not seek her own power or profit but is standing up against a violent and tyrannical government. "People everywhere yearn for the freedom to pursue their own goals and dreams," says Prof. Amy Sturgis. Even though the themes are ancient, stories like the Hunger Games resonate with readers because the anxieties and fears they portray are real and relevant. "These stories aren't just entertainment," Sturgis says. "They are reflections of who and what we are." Do the themes in these stories resonate with you?


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John Dryden translates Plutarch's ancient story of the Greek hero Theseus

http://classics.mit.edu/Plutarch/theseus.html


Jona Lendering tells the tale of Spartacus the Roman gladiator turned revolutionary

http://www.livius.org/so-st/spartacus/spartacus.html


Rick Margolis sits down with Suzanna Collins to talk about Mockingjay, Philosophy, the world of Panem, and the overall meaning of The Hunger Games

http://www.slj.com/2010/08/authors-illu ... e-capitol/


Jeffrey Tucker explores the many themes and ideas in The Hunger Games and other pop culture and how these themes can reflect a change in thought

http://www.fee.org/the_freeman/detail/o ... z2lJaypHXm


A series of essays on liberty in literature

http://www.cato-unbound.org/issues/july ... literature




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohFC_ymn7Zg




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PostTue Dec 03, 2013 10:26 pm » by Poooooot


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I love Katniss. I am a huge Hunger Games fan. In fact, I saw Catching Fire opening weekend ( I never go to the movies).
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PostWed Dec 04, 2013 5:07 am » by 99socks


I don't know how anyone who's seen the Hunger Games could miss the metaphors...
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PostWed Dec 04, 2013 5:49 pm » by Thebluecanary


I'm pretty sure the author has said she was heavily influenced by Greek myth.

I'm waiting for the crowds to die down to go see #2, but yeah Hunger Games is awesome.
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PostWed Dec 04, 2013 10:50 pm » by Constabul


Rip off Battle Royal (Japanese film).. yeah there are some variances, as would be expected but imo obvious.
The author claims to have never seen the film(2000) or novel(1999).

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7.8 Imdb rating.. worth the watch if you have never seen it.
Forty-two students, three days, one deserted Island: welcome to Battle Royale. A group of ninth-grade students from a Japanese high school have been forced by legislation to compete in a Battle Royale. The students are each given a bag with a randomly selected weapon and a few rations of food and water and sent off to kill each other in a no-holds-barred (with a few minor rules) game to the death, which means that the students have three days to kill each other until one survives--or they all die. The movie focuses on a few of the students and how they cope. Some decide to play the game like the psychotic Kiriyama or the sexual Mitsuko, while others like the heroes of the movie--Shuya, Noriko, and Kawada--are trying to find a way to get off the Island without violence. However, as the numbers dwell down lower and lower on an hourly basis, is there any way for Shuya and his classmates to survive?

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0266308/


I only recently watched the hunger games movies. Never read the novels. Overall, even having seen the above mentioned film, i did enjoy it well enough. But it is a rip off...
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PostWed Dec 04, 2013 10:53 pm » by Constabul


Oh yeah, havent watched the spoof yet, looks stupid, but here is the link for imdb on it too... The Starving Games
'Kantmiss Evershot must fight for her life in the 75th annual Starving Games, where she could also win an old ham, a coupon for a foot-long sub, and a partially eaten pickle. '

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2403029/
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