The Holocaust And The Hunger Games

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Remembering the Holocaust in The Hunger Games (2012), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and V for Vendetta (2005)
In Western culture, the Holocaust has developed into a paradigm of modern dangers surrounding racism, bureaucracy and patriotism (Ebbrecht 86). The Holocaust is remembered in popular cinema and portrayed in modern films such as The Hunger Games (2012), Inglourious Basterds (2009), and V for Vendetta (2005) when they base their plots on the idea of targeting a selective group for death. Although these productions do not reference or present direct accounts of the Holocaust, they do draw some parallels to this horrific event. As the age of the survivors of the Holocaust increase, there has been more emphasis placed on preserving the memory of what they have endured through popular culture. While the modern films being examined are works of fiction and do not present factual information, they seem to have a foundation based upon practices and characters that we know from that period of our history. The Holocaust can be remembered in The Hunger Games, since people are segregated from each other as they live in twelve different districts. The powerful and wealthy districts have access to large amounts of food and training, which allows for the Hunger Games to be a way of eliminating the weak and poor. In Inglourious Basterds, Jewish-American soldiers, and a Jewish girl, Soshanna target Nazis for death. They consider themselves to be in the “killing Nazi business” and wish…

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