Religious References in The Hunger Games

I love the Hunger Games. Books, movies, all of it. Have you ever noticed the religious references in the series? Disclaimer: This list is not all-inclusive. Also, I may be pushing it at times. Another Disclaimer: SPOILER ALERT!!

  • Panem means “bread.” We Catholics love bread and the Eucharist.
  • You know when you learn about Christ figures in English class? Why couldn’t Katniss be one? She’s willing to sacrifice herself for the good of Panem. Katniss ministers to the sick in Mockingjay at the makeshift hospital just before it is bombed. Katniss loves children— she volunteers for Prim as tribute, and she cares greatly for Rue in her first Hunger Games. Also, Katniss provides food for her family— Jesus provided food for 5000 people out of 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish.
  • What about Peeta as a Christ figure? He’s also willing to sacrifice himself for others. Jesus is the Bread of Life, and Peeta makes bread, anyway.
  • Girl on Fire? Fire is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. I’m not saying Katniss is supposed to represent the Holy Spirit. But there’s definitely some religious imagery there.
  • 12 Districts (okay, technically 13, but ignore that right now). 12 Tribes of Israel.
  • The motto of Panem is “Panem et Circensis” (Bread and Circuses), which is in Latin.

Thought of any others? Comment!


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