Last updated: August 16, 2019
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Baca 2The Hunger Games and Divergent If you view the world today with the government and citizens you’re going to see the difference of how the world is a capitalist society how the government is the bourgeoisie and citizens the proletariat because of how the government keep secrets and make the laws for the society. In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins it’s about The Capitol creating a game called the hunger games and people from the ages of 12-18 are forced to participate to control the 12 districts which is showing a capitalist society and its weird how the bourgeoisie is named “The Capitol” and the proletariat are the districts. The second bookDivergent by Veronica Roth its location is in Chicago and set in the future and it’s about how the society is divided in 5 factions, Abnegation, Erudite, Candor, Amity, Dauntless and this girl Beatrice took a test to see what faction is she suppose to go to and she got the faction divergent which is that she could be in every faction and the Erudite which is the bourgeoisie thinks that every Divergent should die because of how powerful they are and the proletariats are the other factions but the dauntless faction is breaking that interpellation and false consciousness. The authors illustrate how society is being broken up into different classes under Capitalism through false consciousness and interpellation; it is only when the lower class breaks free from false consciousness of the ruling class that they will know freedom. Karl Marx who was a German Philosopher created a theory called “The Marxist Theory”. The marxist theory was to show how in society it shows that there is class struggles and the theory of valuing things. This theory was to demonstrate the conflicts of the powerful and subjugated. For example, The first large scale attempt to put Marxist ideas about a workers’ state into practice came with the Russian Revolution of 1917, led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin and the Baca 3Bolshevik Party (Mastin 2008). The marxist analysis is proven that in society those societal norms are still viewed in today’s society by showing how today people are trying to have the ruling class separate society in to different classes by having the proletariat below the classes. The first concept that is going to be used is False Consciousness. False Consciousness is when people blindly accept the negative flaws in the system. According to Daniel Little, false consciousness is “Members of a subordinate class (workers, peasants, serfs) suffer from false consciousness in that their mental representations of the social relations around them systematically conceal or obscure the realities of subordination, exploitation, and domination those relations embody” (Little n.d). This portrays that false consciousness in today’s society, nine to five workers work tirelessly to survive without asking why. False consciousness is used to control by the higher class to stay empowered. In the book, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins it illustrates that the district is trying to break through the false consciousness. In the book it says, “But a shift has occurred since I stepped up to take Prim’s place, and now it seems I have become someone precious. At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me. It is an old and rarely used gesture of our district, occasionally seen at funerals. It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love (Collins 2)”. This is evidence is showing how they are breaking through the false consciousness because of how Katniss did something no one has ever done in history and is step up for someone for the first time she volunteered. It’s clear that the government has brute force on their side, but the people of District 12 show that they have their own kind of power. Their three finger gesture makes Katniss feel special and loved and human. Collins illustrated that by having them both sacrifice in this part it was portraying that the game creators are losing Baca 4the idea of the lower class following the ideology of false consciousness throughout that Katniss has the idea of liberation. In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins there was another piece of how the bookillustrates that the society try to break through the false consciousness. In the book it also said, “We both know they have to have a victor. Yes, they have to have a victor. Without a victor, the whole thing would blow up in the Gamemakers’ faces. They’d have failed the Capitol. Might possibly even be executed, slowly and painfully while the cameras broadcast it to every screen in the country.If Peeta and I were both to die, or they thought we were” (Collins 25). This illustrates that they are really breaking through the false consciousness by both of them committing suicide and not having the gamemakers not have what they usually get. The book Divergent by Veronica Roth, also connects with the idea of breaking through false consciousness. In the book, it says, “If there were people around, I doubt any of them would help Christina. We are with Eric, for one thing, and for another, the Dauntless have different rules, rules that brutality does not violate (Roth 9)”. Beatrice is breaking through the false consciousness because of how the faction Erudite are the ones that make up the rules or laws but by joining the faction Dauntless they are the ones that are free and have seem to be breaking that idea of having to follow the rules of Erudite. In Divergent, there was another reason on how they were trying to break through the false consciousness. In the book it says, “They don’t want people to listen, they want people to agree. Ireply and you shouldn’t bully people into agreeing with you. I touch my palms to my cheeks.”I can’t believe my brother joined them (Roth 19)”. They’re trying to break through the false consciousness because of how Beatrice was hoping for her brother not to enter the Erudite because of who they are and of what they do. Baca 5 The second concept that is chosen for the essay is interpellation and it’s about how the working class is manipulated to accept the ideology of the dominant one (Dino 6). According to Longwood University, “The term interpellation was an idea introduced by Louis Althusser to explain the way in which ideas get into our heads and have an effect on our lives, so much so that cultural ideas have such a hold on us that we believe they are our own” (“Notes on Interpellation 2018). This is illustrating that interpellation in today’s society is having people believing in the idea that they are owned by somebody and are made to follow a role on what they have to do for their lives. Interpellation is used by the ruling class to maintain in power and rag around the working class to do what they are told so. In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, it portrays how people in the book are trying to break from the interpellation. In the book, it shows ” The attack is now over. The Gamemakers don’t want me dead. Not yet anyway. Everyone knows they could destroy us all within seconds of the opening gong. The real sport of the Hunger Games is watching the tributes kill one another. Every so often, they do kill a tribute just to remind the players they can. But mostly, they manipulate us into confronting one another face to face (Collins 13)”. They was being manipulated to come face to face and show that were just pawn in their game. Katniss shows again that the Gamemakers are the ones moving them around like chess pieces. Another way that The Hunger Games, is trying to break through the mind of being manipulated is shown in the book. Peeta says, ” I don’t know how to say it exactly. Only I want to die as myself. Does that make any sense?” he asks. I shake my head. How could he die as anyone but himself? “I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not.”(Collins 10). Peeta is breaking the idea of interpellation because of how he wants to die as himself not as a pawn as the Capitol look at him.