Who Will Be Our Mockingjay?

Last week I took my children to see The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. We’ve read the books, and listened to the audiobooks, and seen all of the films as they have come out.

Mockingjay on fireFrom the first time I read The Hunger Games, I was hooked. I even wrote a post about the similarities between Katniss and Artemis a couple of years ago. There’s something about the dystopian society, and the underdog helping to topple a corrupt society that is extremely engaging. We want to believe that we would not treat our children and citizens so harshly.

A quick glance at the news (and I refuse to actually watch the news, and I still can’t avoid it) reveals the truth – we are being fed on fear and told we need stricter laws to protect us (restricting our rights and freedoms). Meanwhile, police violence is on the rise (there are any number of videos out there showing police using excessive force). Our economic system is based on imaginary money, and is likely heading for collapse, despite government efforts to keep it propped up.

As I was watching the film, I found myself wondering, “who will be our Mockingjay?” What will be the tipping point event that catalyses enough people to say NO MORE?

I’m not a proponent of violence. I am not looking for or forward to a bloody revolution. I’m also not likely to step out and be a leader for the kind of change that is necessary. There are alternatives to violence – look at Iceland and what the Occupy Movement was working toward. “We are the 99%” had many of us energized for a while, but I sense that energy has fizzled.

Any movement for change needs a leader – someone, or several someones, to champion the cause and keep the rest of us focused until the change becomes reality. It takes a lot of courage to stand up and be a leader like that because it also makes you a target. Historically, the most outspoken leaders for major change have not had long life expectancies (Martin Luther King Jr, Abraham Lincoln, Malcolm X, John Lennon…), or lived a life under threat and persecution (Ghandi, Edward Snowden, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth…).

I don’t have any answers. I wonder how long we will bow down and accept the increasingly restrictive conditions and limitations to our freedoms being imposed on us. I wonder who the champion for change in our generation, who our Mockingjay will be?

In the meantime, I will continue to visualize the world the way I want to see it, and work on standing up to injustice in my own small way where I experience or witness it.

Blessings,

Mary

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Katniss = Artemis?

I went to see The Hunger Games movie last night. I want to make it clear that I read the entire series over a year ago, long before I knew anything about the movie, or saw anything of their social media campaign (which was pretty impressive). It struck me even more strongly in seeing the movie than in reading the book, that Katniss bears some resemblance to Artemis.

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Both are strong, independent female characters, and both are archers. Both Katniss and Artemis were skilled hunters, and not much interested in the opposite sex. Those are the obvious similarities. Are there others?

When Katniss attacks Peeta after their interviews for saying he had a crush on her, it reminds me of the myth of Artemis and Acteon. Acteon was hunting with his dogs, and he happened upon a pool where Artemis and her companions were bathing. Enchanted, he stayed and watched a while. When Artemis saw him spying on her, she cursed him by changing him into a stag and set his own dogs upon him. Katniss wasn’t quite that severe with Peeta; she is human after all.

The Greeks enjoyed athletics and competition. They created the Olympic games. The Hunger Games is less like the Olympics and more like a gladiatorial arena. We associate gladiators with Roman times, though some scholars think that the gladiators may have a Greek origin, though the Greeks would have used them on a much smaller and less grandiose scale than the Romans. So there is a possible link there.

Katniss is very loyal to those that she chooses as her companions – first her little sister, Primrose; then Rue, and finally Peeta. Artemis is loyal to her companions that she chooses – she often made those of her devotees that she loved her immortal companions.  Artemis saved Iphegenia from her father’s sacrifice, similar to Katniss saving her sister from becoming a tribute.

In looking back, I am quite amazed at the similarities. I wonder how conscious a choice this was on Suzanne Collins’ part, and how much was the archetype of Artemis seeking a voice in the modern world.

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A Walk with Artemis Guided Meditation

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Blessings,

Mary