Hunger Games

Connecting Modern Literature to Greek Mythology

Hunger Games

Every year the Capitol of Panem hosts an event called the Hunger Games where two "tributes" a boy and a girl are drafted from each of the twelve districts to be brought to an arena and fight to the death. This year, unfortunately, Katniss's little sister is selected for the Hunger Games, so Katniss volunteers to take her place. Also selected is Peeta Mellark, the baker's son, who is a bit of a softy. All 24 of the tributes are transported to the arena to fight it out. Katniss is on her own at first but towards the end she will gain Peeta's help. These two will come together and bring a brand new ending to the dreadful games.

Featuring Katniss Everdeen as the Protagonist

In the story, Katniss is deemed the Protaginist. Katniss is the the main character in the story who will do anything to keep her family safe. She is fierce and independent, traits shown in a protagonist. Cato is the male tribute from District 2, and is one of the main antagonist in the story because of his alliances and fierce fighting . During the story he will also fight against Katniss.

Plot Connection

According to Suzanne Collins the greek myth Theseus was one of her greastest influences for the book the Hunger Games. The Myth Theseus is about a group of seven boys, and seven girls that are chosen by their king to fight the Minotaur. All the children are sent to Crete where they will be placed in an arena to fight it out. The result of the myth is death of all the children except for Theseus who will conqure the beast. In the Hunger Games the same thing happens. The government will send 24 tributes to arena and the will fight it out resulting in the death of all the contestants. Katniss and Peeta wil be the lucky two, that will survive.

Katniss related to Perseus, Atalanta and Artemis ?

Katniss, Atalantaan Artemis are all feirce fighters. They are all independent women and will prove the men wrong. All the characters are well skilled with a bow and arrow. There is no doubt in my mind that Suzanne Collins had Atalanta and artemis in mind when creating Katniss. Perseus and Katniss also have some strong connections such as the archytypal trait of born into danger. Katniss is born into life with the Hunger Games and Perseus born into a lie that he will kill his king. Katniss and Perseus are also extremely protective of their family, like when Perseus beheads Medusa to save his family and when Katniss voluteers to save her sister.

Peeta and Hercules ?

Some may think that Hercules and Peeta are totally different , but they are quite simiar. Hercules is big and strong but would not intetionally hurt anyone. Same goes for Peeta, he would not intenionally hurt anyone unless they hurt him or his family. Throughout the games Peeta will kill many but only if they hurt him or Katniss. At the end of the games Peeta will offer to take his life so Katniss Coud survive, the same threat came from Hercules when he will be tricked in to killing his family and cant deal with the agony.

Cato and Hades ?

Both of these characters are considered an antagonist in every story they appear in. They are always mean and like to hurt people physically and mentally. In the Games, Cato will make and break allies to win the games, all that he is in for. In mythology Hades will imprision a woman Presephone just so he is not alone in the underworld. Both of these characters are self centered and only care about them selves.


Hunger Games Book Review by BooBoo12345


As you can tell above Greek Mythology creates most of the modern literature we read today. Authors such as Suzanne Collins will connect their story through chracters, plot events, themes and Archytypal traits.