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Sidsel Toft Torstensen, Rebecca Juul Rasmussen, Cecilie Værn Poder & Niklas Schultze Oreskov

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


In this report we discuss the use of history and historical awareness found in the film The Hunger Games directed by Gary Ross from 2012. Through the usage of Bernard Eric Jensen’s theories on history usage and history awareness and on the basis of Roland Barthes essay “The Rhetoric of The Image”, we have analyzed major historical references found in The Hunger Games, both visual and non-visual. Most people will not classify The Hunger Games as a historical movie but despite this, it still draws on many different historical events such as the rise of Nazi Germany and the Roman Empire. We argue that the ability to relate to characters and fictional universes is one of the major reasons to draw on historical references. The writers of the screenplay for The Hunger Games use historical references to make the world of Panem relatable to the real world by using both ancient history and contemporary references such as reality shows and a futuristic setting for the viewer. The paradox we have found in The Hunger Games is that it uses the past in the shape of historical references to portray a future, which in turn is used to interpret the present. The Hunger Games can therefore be seen as a critique of our modern society.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato28 maj 2015
VejledereKim Esmark


  • Jensen
  • Billedanalyse
  • Eric
  • Relaterbarhed
  • Theseus
  • Romerriget
  • Barthes
  • Depressionen
  • Antikken
  • Panem
  • Hunger
  • Reality
  • Historiebrug
  • Roland
  • Historie
  • Katniss
  • Games
  • Bernard
  • Samfundskritik
  • Historiebevidsthed