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Hero's Journey in Hunger Games

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Kyle Berchtold

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Hero's Journey in Hunger Games

The Hero's Journey
Ordinary World
Hero is just another guy/girl. They do not fit in with society. They are sometimes an outcast. Ex. Peter Parker is viewed as an outcast by his peers in school; Shrek is seen as a mean and cruel ogre.

Hunger Games - Katniss Everdeen was a girl who lived in District 12, hunted in the woods, and traded for food. Her life was a series of days repeating those three things in order to keep her family alive. She shared her life with her mother, sister, and hunting friend, Gale.
Call to Adventure
The hero is presented with a problem, challenge, or adventure. Someone/something asks the hero to leave his home to go on an adventure. The hero usually refuses to leave at first, only to be convinced, tricked, or forced into leaving later. In other cases, the hero leaves willingly. Still other times, the hero begins the journey on accident.

Hunger Games - Katniss’ sister, Prim, was randomly chosen to represent District 12 in the Hunger Games. Rather than seeing her innocent sister die, Katniss volunteers to take her place. The games are a yearly penance for an ancient rebellion by the Districts against the Capitol of Panem. One boy and one girl from each District are placed into an arena and forced to kill each other until one winner remains.
Crossing the Threshold
The hero leaves the ordinary world and goes into the special world
At some point, the hero leaves the familiar, safe world of childhood and home and enters fully into the new world of the journey.

Hunger Games - Katniss "crosses" the threshold when she and Peeta make their first appearance as tributes in the opening ceremony.
Path of Trials
Slaying the "Dragon"
The "climax" of the story. The hero fights and defeats the antagonist/monster/enemy.

Hunger Games - Katniss and Peeta are the final tributes left in the Arena. The Chief Gamemaker announces that the previous rule, which allowed there to be two Victors of the Hunger Games, has been revoked and there can only be one Victor. Katniss refuses, instead offering a suicide pact to Peeta. He accepts, but they are stopped by the Gamemaker and crowned co-winners.
Master of Both Worlds
The hero, sometimes willingly and sometimes unwillingly, again crosses the threshold and returns home. He or she brings new wisdom and important cultural values back to the community upon return.

Hunger Games - Katniss goes back to District 12 having discovered love for Peeta as well as increasing her sense of mistrust for the Capitol and her sense of independence.
The time span when the hero goes through many minor tests, meets allies, receives advice/training from mentor(s), and encounters/battles enemies.

Hunger Games - The path begins for Katniss with training. She is mentored by Haymitch, the only previous District 12 winner of the Hunger Games, and Cinna.

After scoring an 11 out of 12 in the training exhibition, Katniss enters the arena with a large target on her back. Some of the competitors had been training all their lives for this event and were thus efficient killers. Katniss knows her best bet was to run as fast and far as possible.

As competitors start to die, Katniss finds herself in a strong position. She destroys the supply center of the strongest competitors, finds an ally in Rue from the 11th District, and eventually partners with (and falls in love with) Peeta.
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