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The Hero's Journey: The Hunger Games

The 12 Steps of the Hero's Journey matched to the charcters and plot of the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy.

Ally Hall

on 3 June 2013

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Transcript of The Hero's Journey: The Hunger Games

Ally Hall
1st period The Hunger Games The Hero's Journey as it is Depicted in the Hunger Games The ordinary world is where the Hero's Journey typically begins, and the protagonist that will embark on most of the journey is Katniss Everdeen.
Most heroes are born under unusual circumstances, and Katniss is no exception. She lives in District 12, one of the poorest districts in Panem, and she and her mother and sister are constantly on the verge of starvation.
As she enters the Hunger Games, she will not have the training that the tributes from the other districts will have had. Ordinary World Crossing the Threshold is the point in the Hero's Journey when the Hero exits the Ordinary World and moves onto a different world that is completely different from the one they are used to.
The people and environment that is the Capitol is completely different from the District 12 that Katniss is used too.
Included in his definition of Crossing the Threshold, Campbell explains the existence and importance of Threshold Guardians. They are the first of many tests and challenges that will come along the Hero's Journey.
In the Hunger Games, Effie, Cinna, and Katniss' whole prep team are all Threshold Guardians. Crossing the Threshold A Depiction of the Hero's Journey The Hunger Games The Hunger Games:
Katniss' Journey Refusal of the Call The approach to the inmost cave would be Katniss and Peeta's participation in the games up until the final scene.
Katniss gets badly injured and even loses one of her allies, Rue, during this period of time.
The Gamekeepers are trying to throw all of the tributes off, and they use every dirty trick they can think of, setting fires being one of their favorites.
Katniss is fighting for her life and safety here, but it is nothing compared to the ordeal she will have to face next.
Peeta has also been injured, and while her wounds heal, she is focused on nursing her closest ally back to health. They figure out that they need each other to be able to survive the Games, and therefore make sure to band together and stay close to each other. Approach to the Inmost Cave Tests, Allies, Enemies Now that the Hero has crossed the Threshold and has offically left the Ordinary World, they will meet their allies, confront enemies, and learn the new rules of the special world.
She finds an ally in Peeta, the male tribute for her district. In additon to Peeta and Haymitch, she later bands together with a little girl named Rue during the actual games.
The Gamekeepers are constantly trying to throw the tributes off during the games, and these are the main tests that Katniss must face on her journey.
She has a good circle of allies that surrounds her during her journey. The Hunger Games is all a huge test for her. Ordeal The Ordeal is when the Hero engages in the central life or death situation, and/or faces his greatest fear.
In the Hunger Games, the Ordeal is the final scene where Peeta and Katniss must fight off a pack of ferocious wolves if they want to get out alive.
The rules state that only one tribute can make it out alive and when the game, and the idea of the Hunger Games is that there is only one winner. This causes a huge dilemma for Katniss and Peeta, because they realize that they can't lose each other.
They succeed in killing off the wolves, but the Gamekeepers are still not satisfied because there are still two tributes left. They devise a plan to both eat poison berries at the same time so they die together, and to show the Capitol that they aren't just pawns in their game anymore.
The Capitol realizes this plan and stops them before they can carry it out, saying that for the first time ever two victors will be crowned. Reward Katniss and Peeta have both won the games and each get the winner's rewards, both monetary and physical, but also comfort in knowing that they can return home to their families.
They both receive the reward that they sought from the beginning, which was to win the Games. Katniss also gets a reward in the fact that she succeeded in protecting her sister, as well as her home district. Call to Adventure The Road Back The Capitol is upset and embarrassed that something so simple could have been their downfall, and they are out to get Katniss for making the flaws in their games so obvious.
Katniss is oblivious and doesn't understand the full magnitude of what she and Peeta have just done, and Haymitch is the one to tell her that there's going to be a lot of repercussions from what she has just done.
She realizes what a threat she has became to the Capitol, and she and Peeta are able to convince the Capitol that they are in love, and for this reason they absolutely had to win together.
This relieves some of the tension and upset in the Capitol after two victors were crowned. Resurrection The resurrection is typically when the Hero has his most dangerous meeting with death, and is the final Ordeal.
This can represent a cleansing or purification of the character.
This battle is for much more than the Hero's own life, and this is seen in the Hunger Games when Katniss is faced with a target on her back and a Capitol that wants nothing more than to get rid of her for good.
In the end, she accepts her love for Peeta for what it is and they are both ready to face whatever battle the Capitol is going to make them face, and they are ready to do it together. Return with the Elixir The elixir that Katniss and Peeta return with is the knowledge that they have insinuated something much bigger than themselves, and that their small act of rebellion during the games will eventually turn into a rebellion on a much larger scale.
The elixir they bring back to District 12 is hope for the future, and the knowledge that just because things seem dark and bleak that you never know what's going to happen.
Katniss and Peeta not only gave hope to their district, but to some of the other poor districts as well, sending out a general beacon of hope, something for people struggling with the weight of everything to hold onto and focus on. Meeting With the Mentor The Call to Adventure disrupts the normalcy of the hero's Ordinary world, and the reaping is what drags Katniss into a world away from home.
Her sister is drawn as District 12's female participant in the Hunger Games, and Katniss can't bear to see her only sister suffer such a grim fate.
She volunteers to take Primrose's place as tribute. This action is what sets the stage for not only the rest of the book, but for the rest of the Hero's Journey to take place as well. The Refusal of the Call to action is normally one of the most important parts of the Hero's Journey, but the Hunger Games is one of the few situations where it doesn't happen.
Katniss willingly accepts the dangers of the journey she is to embark on. She volunteers for her sister on a whim, but she is willing and ready to fight back against whatever is thrown at her.
No one asked her to do a specific task or go on this journey to find something in particular, as it happens in most cases, but rather she willingly volunteered to embark on it. Every hero that embarks on the Hero's Journey has someone to guide them along, and typically it's the person that gives them the call to action.
Haymitch was a Hunger Games victor from a previous year, and is assigned to be her mentor before she has to enter the arena to fight.
Haymitch is an odd character to be labeled as Katniss' and Peeta's mentor, because he isn't exactly accepted by their society and doesn't make up the ideal image of a mentor. Ally Hall
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