THE THEME OF CLASS CONFLICT IN SUZZANE COLLINS’ THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY

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THE THEME OF CLASS CONFLICT IN SUZZANE COLLINS’ THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY

 

ABSTRACT

This long essay assesses the theme of class conflict in Suzanne Collins’ the hunger games trilogy. It serves to highlight class conflict as the central idea Collins presents in her novels. It employs Karl Marx’s class conflict theory and Antonio Gramsci’s hegemony as tools aimed at identifying the underlying strife between the two classes in Panem. It also assesses the inequalities and labour exploitation that give rise to the struggle while also analysing the many tactics employed by either classes in their bid to subjugate the other.

 TABLE OF CONTENTS

DEDICATION.. i

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS. ii

DECLARATION.. iii

ABSTRACT. iv

TABLE OF CONTENTS. v

CHAPTER ONE.. 1

1.0      Introduction. 1

1.1      Thesis Statement 1

1.2      Definition of Key Terms. 2

CHAPTER TWO.. 3

2.0 Background…………………………………………………………………………………3

CHAPTER THREE.. 5

3.0 Literature Review.. 5

CHAPTER FOUR.. 6

4.0 Theoretical Frameworks. 6

CHAPTER FIVE    ……………………………………………………………………………….9

5.0 Critical Analysis of the Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. 9

CHAPTER SIX.. 22

6.0 Conclusion. 22

REFERENCES. 23

INTRODUCTION

Suzanne Collins’ the hunger games trilogy is easily counted as one of the most successful young adult series ever written. The three novel series brings to life many characters that are set in a dystopian society filled with many trials and tribulations. The novels present a well written and imaginatively crafted account of a teenage girl’s unwitting success in defeating the social injustices that are rampant in the world she lives in and the people responsible for them. One of the most interesting aspects about the trilogy comes in the form of the thematic connotations that are derived from a complete reading of the series. Collins, it would seem, intends to comment on many issues that range from the inequality between the rich and the poor, to the notion of suffering as entertainment, and other ideas like the importance of appearances. The world she creates gives a dramatic view of society and flawlessly comments on the many social, political and economic issues that are faced by communities today. The theme that is most prevalent in the trilogy is that of class conflict. In all three books, Collins keeps with the notion of the strife between the rich and the poor members of the society.

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