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A Jungian Interpretation of the Hunger Games: a myth that defines our times

Merritt, Frazer and Merritt, Dennis and Lu, Kevin (2018) 'A Jungian Interpretation of the Hunger Games: a myth that defines our times.' Jung Journal, 12 (3). 26 - 44. ISSN 1934-2039

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Abstract

C. G. Jung’s literary theories provide insights into the archetypal dynamics behind Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games and help elucidate the trilogy’s astonishing global popularity. President Snow represents a senex archetype whose reign has petrified and is in need of renewal, whereas Katniss represents a feminine hero aligned with the Self. Jung believed myths compensate for the one-sided dominant attitude of an era, and it is plausible The Hunger Games speaks to the present-day danger of an overly powerful senex in the form of big government and corporate power. Published in 2008, the story offers a metaphoric understanding of the deep dissatisfaction with the Bush administration.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: archetype, George W. Bush, feminine, The Hunger Games, C. G. Jung, Jungian, Katniss, myth, President Snow, Senex, Suzanne Collins, visionary art, Marie-Louise von Franz
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, Department of
Depositing User: Kevin Lu
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2017 13:45
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2018 09:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19630

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