The Girl on Fire: Katniss Everdeen and the Christian Symbolism in The Hunger Games

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 Overview

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 humbling situation.

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 final 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 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 foced to be a warrior in the games so she is like David, the shepherd boy / warrior / king of Israel who delivered the Jews from their enemies. She is like Moses, who delivered the Jews to the Promised Land in 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.

The Hunger Games are a parable about our world and the end of the age. Revelation 18 is all about a time of great tribulation, famine, economic collapse etc. The Bible tells us the Antichrist will show up, and 3 angels from heaven will show up, and Christ will return to destroy His enemies and to usher the saints who live forever and ever into the Millenium and then into the New Jerusalem.

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