Pop Culture Primer: Sister Love in The Hunger Games

Katniss-and-Prim-Reaping-Day-the-hunger-games-30110009-200-200 What do you feel when you see this picture? Empathy, fear, desperation, anger?  It is a still shot from a scene from ‘The Reaping’ from the movie ‘The Hunger Games’ when older sister Katniss (the heroine), substitutes herself for her sister Prim. Destined for death, her love for her sister prevails over her fear of the inevitable.

I felt all of the above feelings and more watching this scene, and throughout the whole movie. In the face of a power much greater than her own (The Capitol), Katniss showed  strength, compassion, and the pure love of a sister to propel her forward. I use this, as I want to use many others on this blog, to provide an accessible representation of the power of love, and its ability to conquer great odds. Yes, I know it is ‘just a movie’, but the feelings that the actors, writers, director, and all involved in the production of this movie portray, as in other forms of art and entertainment– are real. We connect with them on a personal level, and relate it to our own lives and the people that we care about.

Many of us lead boring lives in comparison to movies like this. Many of us in the world do not- facing incredible obstacles such as extreme poverty, disease, war,  and other forms of violence. Regardless of who we are in the world, where we are in the world as humans on this beautiful planet, we all deserve love in our hearts, and peace in our homes and homelands. What child is born anywhere in the world feeling hate and wanting to commit violent acts? These children are not born, they are made. Many times, under circumstances that they do not control. I do not condone violence, but understand the myriad of circumstances that propagate violence.

I truly feel in my heart that we, as individuals in our daily lives, can effect change. The love that Katniss feels for her sister Prim in this movie is undeniable. The power of love can be greater than any force on Earth given the chance. Show the love, people. Even in small bits and pieces, the message can grow in leaps and bounds.

If we are ever to grow into a world where our differences can be resolved by nonviolent means, we have to plant the seed now. In our neighbors, our friends, our families, our children. We can be strong, without being violent. Yes, I know Katniss resorts to violence in this movie, but only by necessity. I believe the true messages of the movie, and this is my interpretation, are the terrible consequences of violence and the poison of absolute power, and the power of love.

Power to the people! That means YOU! Do something good for someone today, you’ll be glad you did.

“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”—Amelia Earhart.

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