Historical Connections: Roman of French?



The below comments are from Sherry Shale (address for full artictle at the end of post)

I happen to think that both the Roman and French have been represented within the film. As below details the Roman connections, you only have to take one look at Effie Trinkett’s outfits to see she is inspired by the French at the time of the revolution.

It was kind of the genius of French Aristocrats to dress so beautifully that, if  you are someone who loves beautiful things, you sort of overlook the fact that  all the peasants in France were starving when they revolted. Instead you just  think that Marie Antoinette was aesthetically stunning, and what happened was  sad
Read more: http://www.thegloss.com/2013/03/05/culture/effie-trinket-hunger-games/#ixzz2uTgOORGf

One dominant theme here is unequivocally the same as the “bread and circus” of historical Rome’s strategy of distraction for its masses of citizenry by providing free grain to the poor in time of need (so they didn’t riot) and plenty of gladiator and chariot entertainment (to preoccupy their time from learning too much about the corruption of their leaders). Some historians have argued that the so-called “republic” was so corrupt—such as the Senate—that it was necessary for Julius Caesar to dismantle their pretense of representation.

And because Rome was an aggressive, warrior state, which colonized neighboring countries, its culture inured its own people to the idea of killing human life, as entertainment—with extravagant orgies of bloody and brutal slaughter—even animals against humans. Herein Hunger Games most clearly follows this same strategy—but more for the motive of “punishment” for past district rebellion, and to keep those masses in their place through intimidation (and some distractive hope but not too much).

Yet, surprisingly, few movie reviews on the Internet, I read (about eight or so from the 1st listings after googling “hunger games movie review”, discussed much these obvious historical references to either revolutionary France or ancient Rome? How could this be when the movie made it so obvious? Some of its characters had names distinctly Roman: Cinna, Caesar, Cato, etc. Is there something wrong with our mainstream media and Internet writers to not have connected the dots? Hell, this movie even had horse-drawn chariots running down the equivalent of a Coliseum? (Mere mentioning the word ‘gladiators’ or ‘Coliseum’ hardly constitutes critical awareness and seems very superficial?  Found at https://indymedia.org.au/2012/04/23/the-hunger-games-an-alternative-media-movie-review-0


HOMEWORK: Due Thursday  6th February

Follow the questions on the worksheet.




Look at how society is controlled which is similar to The Hunger Games. But MOST of all, look at how they believe EMOTION to be the MOST dangerous thing. How dangerous does emotion become in The Hunger Games?

[referring to Katniss’ high rating] President Snow: An eleven? Seneca Crane: She earned it. President Snow: She shot an arrow at your head.

Seneca Crane: Well, at an apple.

President Snow: Near your head. Sit down. [Seneca sits next to Snow]

President Snow: Seneca, why do you think we have a winner? Seneca Crane: What do you mean? President Snow: I mean, why do we have a winner? I mean if we just wanted to intimidate the districts why not round up twenty four at random, and execute them all at one? It would be a lot faster. [Seneca doesn’t know what to reply and just looks at Snow]

President Snow: Hope.

Seneca Crane: Hope?

President Snow: Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear. A little hope is effective. A lot of hope is dangerous. Spark is fine, as long as it’s contained.

Seneca Crane: So?

President Snow: So, contain it.

Seneca Crane: Right.

This fan made clip focuses on some of the areas in the film that hope gives Katniss the strength to succeed.

2. Shoot the Apple scene


HOMEWORK: Due Thursday 27th February

Using evidence from the video, explain in detail how these scenes are important to the themes of Power and Oppression.

Evidence must include more than one technique: tone of voice, dialogue, camera shots etc

Give the evidence and then explain how it shows Presidents Snow’s power.