What I find particularly fascinating about this trilogy, besides it's obvious critique on American society/capitalism, is the Marxist lens through which these books can be viewed. Essentially, they are a lesson in Marxism. There is conflict between the classes, the poor(the districts) stay poor, the rich (the Captiol) remain rich by controlling the poor, and this dynamic drives a revolution (led by the trilogies main character, Katniss Everdeen). To be clear, Marxism is critiquing/condemning capitalism. Who knew we were teaching our 13-year-olds the basics of Marxism?
|Above: The Captiol; Below: District 12|
In "The Pedagogy of the Oppressed", Paulo Freire presents his theory of education in the context of revolution--a Marxist idea. Friere writes:
It is only when the oppressed find the oppressor out and become involved in the organized struggle for liberation that they begin to believe in themselves. This discovery cannot be purely intellectual but must involve action; nor can it be limited to mere activism, but must include serious reflection: only then will it be a praxis.This quote further explains the theory of Marxism, and helps to contextualize The Hunger Games through a Marxist lens.
Interested in knowing more about The Hunger Games through the lens of Marxism? Check out this blog post "Panem Brings to Life Marx's Manifesto."