Throughout this semester of The World of The Hunger Games SIS, we’ve gotten to study the trilogy in detail and relate it to different areas of study including:
History: Gladiators & Greek Mythology
Literature: Dystopian Literature
Politics: Totalitarian regimes
Music: Music and the Appalachia
Sociology: Gender and Romance
Religion & Philosophy: Apocalypse & The Nature of Evil
By studying the Hunger Games through these disciplines, we’ve had the opportunity to challenge our understanding of the trilogy and relate to the real world. The material covered was interesting, intriguing, fascinating and challenging. It was insightful and encouraged us to look at the world differently in terms of the trilogy as well as our reality.
By looking at the history, current reality and politics related to the Hunger Games trilogy, we made connection with the real world, realizing that the horrific events taken place on the Hunger Games are not too far from reality, and what we see as horrifying is in fact possible human behavior.
In addition, The Hunger Games trilogy encourages us to challenge gender and romance stereotypes by analyzing the way these are challenged in the story. Similarly, we analyzed the apocalypse and the nature of evil, which challenges our current behavior in relation to the environment and warfare as well as how we interpret “evil” both in the story of The Hunger Games and in our existing world by interpreting our own behavior.
Furthermore, we analyzed art and culture in the trilogy, and how these relate to society in both the Capitol and District 12 through fashion and music. This theme was also compared to our social reality in terms of how fashion defines our culture and how music impacts our reality and struggles, specifically as compared to the Appalachia.
Overall, the course was challenging and interesting. I personally, spent a significant amount of time reading the required material so that I could interpret and understand in depth The Hunger Games trilogy as it compares to the real world.