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Movie Quote Monday – The Hunger Games

I’ve been on a Hunger Games kick here recently, so I’ve seen it several times in the past few weeks. This scene jumps out at me each time:

President Snow : Hope.
Seneca : Hope?
President Snow : Hope. It is the only thing stronger than fear.

I have strong feelings about hope, a strong belief in the power of hope, and so that small exchange made an impression on me from the first time I saw it in the theater.

If you look at The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss is considered a representation of hope by both sides. Rebellion leadership uses her as a propaganda tool, a beacon of hope for the masses, an incitement to war.  Snow continues to see her as the embodiment of a hope that needs to be crushed.

But when I look at Katniss, I don’t see hope outright.  I see defiance and will, compassion and love. Determination. I guess what I mean is Katniss doesn’t feel like a particularly hopeful character to me, and she doesn’t seem specifically motivated by hope. In fact, she sometimes operates from a place of despair – the opposite of hope.

And yet her actions incite hope.

Her acts of will unleash something stronger than fear in the hearts of others: the realization that things can change, that there is hope.  If Katniss Everdeen can stand up against the capital, maybe I can too.  

It’s interesting.

So, what do you think? Is hope the only thing stronger than fear?

Items of Interest:

Hope Springs Eternal

Is Hope Important?

Year of Quotes No. 21

Year of Quotes No. 18

Year of Quotes No. 15