Post-colonialism in The Hunger Games

1957 Words8 Pages
The success of the books, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, is remarkable considering that the storyline is of a game in which children kill each other. The books have reached iconic status in America and is an anomaly in the Young Adult Literature genre in that it has a female protagonist yet is popular with male and female readers of all ages. Collins wrote the series in response to her fears of the blurred lines between Reality Shows and televised news events (Blasingame 726). The dystopian world portrayed in the book is rife with Post-colonial themes. There are many opinions about the proper definition of Post-colonialism even going so far as to argue about whether the prefix “post” should be added to the word Colonialism. For the sake of clarity, I will use the term Post-colonialism as it is broadly defined in Post-colonial Studies: The Key Concepts, “the effects of colonization on cultures and societies” (Ashcroft, Griffiths and Tiffin 186). Many critics such as Bhaba, Spivak and Said define this critical theory as predominately characterized by race; however there are other critics, such as Jessica Langer, who believe that “the injustices perpetrated by colonialism, in all its forms” (152) should be considered in Post-colonial studies. I will argue that the Post-colonial concepts of Hybridity, Othering and Imperialism go beyond racial barriers and reverberate throughout the The Hunger Games.
The novel tells the story of a future in which North America has
Get Access