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The Hunger Games through The Conflict Theory

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Kirsten Oakes

on 28 April 2015

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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
-Control over resources
Proletariat aka The Districts
The Districts struggle for power and have no control over any of their resources
-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

“…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…”


“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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