The Girl on Fire: Katniss Everdeen and the Christian Symbolism in The Hunger Games Book Details
By Bill Etem
- Category: Literary Criticism, Books, Fiction & Literature, Religion & Spirituality, Bible Studies
- Type: ebook
- Release Date: 2016-05-01
- Author: Bill Etem
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The Girl on Fire: Katniss Everdeen and the Christian Symbolism in The Hunger Games Summary
The genius author of the novels / executive producer of the films - Suzanne Collins - is a Roman Catholic. A central teaching of Christianity in general and Catholicism in particular is a scripture from Jesus: `those who humble themselves will be exalted and those who exalt themselves will be humbled.’ We are told in a flashback that the story more or less begins in a driving rain storm with Peeta tossing the starving Katniss a loaf of bread – he should have handed it to her but he threw it towards her. His difficult mother messed up his manners. Ma wanted him to give it to the pigs rather than to Katniss. So, Katniss was stuck in a very humble situation, but then things began to change for her.
Katniss Everdeen is the face of the Revolution. She got the Revolution moving in a big way with her act of defiance in shooting her arrow at the force field dome over the arena, bringing it down, in film 2 - Catching Fire. This act of defiance followed earlier acts of defiance: saving Gale at the whipping post, the dual suicide attempt with the poisoned berries with Peeta, firing the arrow toward the Game Makers, hunting on forbidden land etc. Katniss sang so sweetly to the dying Rue in film 1 and then she saluted the people in Rue's district. All of this started an Anti-Snow riot in Rue's district. Bringing down the roof of the arena in the Quarter Quell was the last straw and it led Snow to destroy Katniss' district, District 12. He told her at the beginning of Catching Fire what would happen if she inspired uprisings. Katniss Everdeen, the Mockingjay, has you thinking of the Morningstar, that is, of Christ. Katniss is the deliverer of her people. She is like the Patriarch Joseph who delivered the Jews from famine when he ruled over Egypt. She is like David, the shepherd boy / warrior / king of Israel who delivered the Jews from their ferocious enemies. She is like Moses, who delivered the Jews to the Promised Land following their exodus from slavery in Egypt. She is beautiful like the beautiful queen Esther, who delivered the Jews from the evil plot devised by Haman. She suffers and then she triumphs, so she is like Christ, the Deliverer of Humankind. At one point Katniss was strangled by her boyfriend, by the person she loves, Peeta. But Peeta was not in his right mind when he tried to murder her. The Jews with the aid of the Romans, 2,000 years ago, crucified Christ. But they were not in their right minds, so to speak, when they crucified Christ, being under the power of satan. Peeta was under the power of the tyrant Snow when he tried to murder Katniss.
The nation of Panem reminds you of ancient Babylon, a civilization which epitomizes sin, licentiousness, cruelty, sharp divisions between the rich and the poor etc. And of course the modern world has lots of aspects which remind one of Babylon. On this theme, I threw together a playlist on You Tube, search on: 'The NBA on NBC to Catching Fire - Poison Fog.' I have quite a few clips from the 4 Hunger Games films in this playlist.
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