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The Hunger Games through The Conflict Theory

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Kirsten Oakes

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The Hunger Games through The Conflict Theory
Bourgeoisie vs. Proletariat
Bourgeoisie- "The Few"
Proletariat- "The Many"

-In a society divided into classes, the few who have power will struggle to maintain power
-Don't always want whats best for the many
-Try to maintain power
Bourgeoisie aka The Capitol
-Conflict theory states that those with power are the wealthy and they will do anything to keep power.
-Annual Hunger Games
-Control over all districts
-Peacekeepers
-Control over resources
Proletariat aka The Districts
The Districts struggle for power and have no control over any of their resources
-Tributes
-All goods go through the Capitol
-Can't rise up to the Capitol
Conflict Theory
-Karl Marx

-"Society is in a state of perpetual conflict due to competition for limited resources. Conflict theory holds that social order is maintained by domination of power, rather than consensus and conformity."
-Totalitarian Regimes
-President Snow
Differences in Social Issues
-Capitol does not send tributes to the games

-Districts do not have a choice for participation
Appearance is Crucial in the Capitol
P.17-18

“…and Effie Trinket, District 12's escort, fresh from the Capitol with her scary white grin, pinkish hair, and spring green suit.”

p. 61

“…Venia, a woman with aqua hair and gold tattoos above her eyebrows…”

p. 62

“…some guy named Flavius. He gives his orange corkscrew locks a shake and applies a fresh coat of purple lipstick to his mouth…”

p.62

“Octavia, a plump woman whose entire body has been dyed a pale shade of pea green…”
Gaps in the Societies
Disparity between Capitol and Districts
-large gap leads to class consciousness
-different wants for each society
Class Consciousness
Appearance in the Conflict Theory
Conflict theory judges societies based on appearance
-Districts poor
-District 12 grey clothes
-Capitol- outrageous
Capitol Has it All
Lavish Lifestyle
-Purple drink
-limitless food
-control over food and fuel for the districts
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