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Sasani Samira (Shiraz University, Department of Foreign Languages &Linguistics), Darayee Marjan (English Literature Shiraz University)
Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games and the Society of the Spectacle
International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (ILSHS), 2015, vol. 7 (1), s. 31-40, bibliogr. 10 poz.
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Literatura, Filozofia
Literature, Philosophy
Debord Guy Ernest
The theory of spectacle is introduced by Guy Debord in his famous book The Society of Spectacle. Debord presents the society of Spectacle as a mere representation of seemingly real images which is used by the capital for its own good. Spectacle consists of images such as games, entertainments or television shows which are political tools in the hands of the Capitol to stabilize its power. In fact, by applying these images through different exciting entertainments and shows, the Capitol disperses people more and destroys their unity so that people cannot be united to rebel against the Capitol's power. This paper tries to apply the theory of spectacle to Suzanne Collin's Hunger Games and as the title of the novel is very telling of itself, it revolves around the annual event of Hunger Games connoting the starvation of the poor people in the twelve districts and the Capitol. The setting of this novel is Panem which is shown as a dystopia because of its misusing of the modern technologies which are much more developed than our own so that people's mind will be entrapped within the images produced by these technologies. This research tries to prove that the city of Panem, with its governor President Snow, well represents the society of spectacle. This paper shows the influence of such a society on the poor people of these districts and the way they overcome President Snow.(original abstract)
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