Ursidae: The Undergraduate Research Journal at the University of Northern Colorado


Sara Harvey

Faculty Sponsor

Kristin Bovaird-Abbo


This project seeks to examine the role of the child presented in The Hunger Games by comparing the image of the child to that of the adult, both in the individual districts and in the utopian city of the Capital. By using the contrasting images, I aim to show how imagery is used to draw on the significance of the misplaced roles. Director Gary Ross uses opposing color themes to show stark differences between the Capital and the districts. However, I feel that a further argument can be made in the way that the children and adults are expressed on screen. The image of the child is important to look at in this film, because of how the Capital uses children—both their image on screen and by tools within this society—to manipulate the power within the dystopian city of Panem.