Setting Fire

Another film that I should have known from the beginning would end up in this series is The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. One of the main themes throughout the series – both the books and the films – is disempowerment, and subsequent empowerment through rebellion. Both Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) experience this. A clear example occurs in the first theatrical trailer for the first film, when Peeta outright states:

I just keep wishing I could think of a way to show them, that they don’t own me. If I’m going to die, I want to still be me.

He already realizes that the Capitol is taking away the most basic requirement for personal freedom: agency. He does not want to let the government use him as a pawn, he does not want to be a toy, but at the same time there is nothing he can do. Until Katniss realizes that she feels the exact same way and pulls out those berries in the Arena. Continue reading