SC_D11_02752Scene 1: The start of the first Hunger Games.

In the first hunger games, the scene where the Hunger Games are just beginning can be directly associated with Campbell’s monomyth. At this stage, it would be considered The Belly of the Whale. There is a point of no return – the two must fight their way out of 24 other people or die trying. The connection is using narratology to analyze this scene.

During this, the people of all districts are simultaneously watching all of this happen on television. This is a way to mask the true reality of injustice that is practice by the Capitol for some time. This is an example of the upper class using propaganda and distractions in order to mask people from the true realities that they are stuck in. This connection uses Marxist theories, of which describe the misconception wielded by the lower classes that their place in life is necessary and contingent.

Scene 2: Snow describes the functionality of hope.

President Snow is speaking with the Game Master about the usefulness of hope among the districts. The dialogue is as follows:

President Snow: Seneca… why do you think we have a winner?
Seneca Crane: [frowns] What do you mean?
President Snow: I mean, why do we have a winner? I mean, if we just wanted to intimidate the districts, why not round up twenty-four of them at random and execute them all at once? Be a lot faster.
[Seneca just stares, confused]
President Snow: Hope.
Seneca Crane: Hope?
President Snow: Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. A spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.
Seneca Crane: So…?
President Snow: So, CONTAIN it.

From a Marxist perspective, this is a perfect example of a higher authority doing what they can to keep the lower class in the dark. The effect of “containing” this hope will result in the bourgeoisie believing that life is something that it is not – a core aspect in Marxist theory. Snow is making sure that each person believes that they are playing their one and only part in society.