Theoretical Concepts within “The Hunger Games”
Jessica Ivonne Hernandez
University of Texas Pan American
Jori Alyssa Sechrist
SOCI-4333-03- fall 2013
The novel “The Hunger Games” is very interesting. The novels plot illustrates a unique society far unlike the one we have today. It holds a totalitarian dictatorship government. There are a couple scenes and ideas in the book that I found related to Karl Marx concepts, and one related to Simmel. The Karl Marx concepts I was able to identify were class division, capitalism, and exchange value. The one Simmel concept identified was sacrifice. The imagery in the scenes where these concepts can be found is very self-evident. They speak for themselves.
The first concept I instantly…show more content… Sacrifice is part of value according to Simmel. Simmel explains the concept of value as a condition of exchange between individuals. Many things will have a set price, but these become values only if a person is willing to pay such a price. In this way, Simmel introduces us to the idea of sacrifice as a determining factor in value. We can apply this whole idea to Katniss as she is willing to take prims place when prim is chosen as a tribute for the Hunger Games. We can see how much she values prim and is therefore willing to sacrifice herself. Throughout the novel Katniss is faced with many situations in which she must sacrifice something. During the first part she generally sacrifices attachment to others in order to protect herself. She later has to sacrifice her identity in order to maintain an expected appearance on television. Not only Katniss , but other characters sacrifice many things throughout the novel. These sacrifices relate to Simmels concept of sacrifice. It is obvious that she values her safety because she sacrifices her identity. Another example of sacrifice in the novel is when katniss and Gale sacrifice their life when they secretly enter the woods. This shows how much they value their life and are willing to risk themselves and their families by hunting prohibited animals. The hunting of course not only to provide their families with better alimentation, but to trade in the black market for better things in