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Will you summarize The Hunger Games using the Marxist approach?

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Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, and the other protagonists of The Hunger Games trilogy embody Marxist ideals, even if they may not do so with conscious knowledge of Marxist theory, since Hunger Games exists in a fictional universe. It would be interesting to look at a few elements from Suzanne Collins’ trilogy to explore its similarities with a Marxist worldview.

Firstly, the Capitol and the 12 districts are stark opposites of each other, representing respectively the wealthy bourgeoisie and the exploited proletariat Karl Marx and Friedrich Engles mention in The Communist Manifesto. In Marxist worldview, the proletariat are the producers of goods, while the elite are the consumers of those goods. Similarly, in The Hunger Games, the Capitol exploits District 12 for coal, District 11 for agriculture, and so on.

Secondly, is the use of spectacle or entertainment to control the proletariat. What religion represents in Marxist ideology, spectacle stands for in The Hunger Games : an...

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