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Video

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Literature and legend often reflect their culture. Some themes, like that of rulers imposing coercive power, or of individuals rising up against tyrants, are as relevant today as they were in antiquity. Suzanne Collins drew on Greek mythology's story of the Minotaur and on the legend of Spartacus in ancient Rome as she created the Hunger Games series. Her hero, like the heroes in these stories, does not seek her own power or profit but is standing up against a violent and tyrannical government. "People everywhere yearn for the freedom to pursue their own goals and dreams," says Prof. Amy Sturgis. Even though the themes are ancient, stories like the Hunger Games resonate with readers because the anxieties and fears they portray are real and relevant. "These stories aren't just entertainment," Sturgis says. "They are reflections of who and what we are."

Subjects:

  • Language Arts > Literature
  • Social Studies > World History

Education Levels:

  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12
  • Higher Education

Keywords:

hunger games, Spartacus, Ancient Greece, slave rebellion, Suzanne Collins, Ancient Rome

Language:

English

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Public - Available to anyone

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