Themes of Rebellion in Modern Literature -2

Published May 26, 2012 by sidmary
English: A picture of a mockingjay from the no...

English: A picture of a mockingjay from the novel “The Hunger Games”. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Hunger Games:

Next you may come to the Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins. Here no doubt, the main and the dominant themes is rebellion and Katniss Everdeen is its symbol. Here, its about breaking laws for what you believe to be your right, as in entering the jungle for hunting. Katniss stepping up to save her sister is another act of defiance of fear. Love defies fright, and so the whole story builds on this. Its love for her sister that propels Katniss to keep moving, keep defying, keep challenging. Thus its no wonder that when Prim dies, all Katniss’s energies seem to be drained away. After that, its Peeta’s loves that helps her keep afloat, but her defiant, rebellious, challenging personality is lost forever as she fears for her children and their safety. Perhaps this helps determine that often its love that calls for rebellion, and often its love again, that withholds one from it?

In this series again, the “good rebellion” and the “bad rebellion” are emphasized again with reference to objectives. Katniss’s objectives are pure and inbred, while those of Coin are well thought of, and cultivated over a length of time. Katniss, a symbol of the “New Blood” cares for a revolution that benefits all; while Coin only thirsts for power. Her personality can easily be related to: Its about the succession of power in the world. When people get fed up of one tyrant rule, they bring another to lead them, who promises them a better rule but who, when his turn comes up,  turns out to be as much of a tyrant. The oppressed, having gained power, becomes the oppressor. This is how for ages the world has been ruled, and all the while, some Katniss Everdeen is used, and some Katniss Everdeen is waited for…

The Twilight Saga:

If we move further to “The Twilight Saga” perhaps, rebellion is hard to pinpoint here, but present nevertheless. It manifests itself in Bella’s unexplained attraction towards the vampires, and Edward specifically. She finds love where all others find repulsion. She doesn’t fear what she is  supposed to fear. Its defiance of the normal course of things, but then, the presence of vampires and werewolves themselves is a defiance of the normal course of things! Reciprocating this, is Edward’s liking for her. There is an incessant breaking of rules of the Volturi and the rules laying down the level of intimacy between vampires and humans. There is breaking of the truce between the vampires and the werewolves, which is made to appear justified, and acceptable this once. Over here, its rebelling the rules; traditions; natural, instinctive feelings and emotions- all in a very natural, in-artificial way. The defiance in Bella is an innate part of her-something that is totally natural. This hints perhaps, at the new generation, defying the principles of the older one.

So what can we conclude from this?

(Part 3 coming up 😛 )

–Sidra Maryam


8 comments on “Themes of Rebellion in Modern Literature -2

  • I’m enjoying this series of entries. I still say yes, modern society is only happy with heroes if they are rebels against a status quo. Heroes that defend the status quo against outsiders have almost completely fallen into disuse. I think it’s becuase we no longer subscribe to this idea of… well… an ideal “normal” that we all aspire to.

    • I do totally agree with you!!! 🙂 And with the state of things, there aren’t really many “heroes” actually defending the status quo. are there??? And we definitely find repulsion in the “ideal normal.” Indeed. I can testify that well being a “21st century teenager” 😛

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