Frantz Fanon Essay

1557 Words May 4th, 2013 7 Pages
Frantz Fanon was a deeply involved and diligent philosopher who recognized the separation and relations between the oppressed and the oppressors as well as the fight for freedom. He specifically speaks on Algeria as the colonized, facing the French who were the colonizers. Fanon was writing mainly during the 1940’ s-60 when decolonization was becoming popular. Fanon was greatly involved in the decolonization struggle, and in his book The Wretched of the Earth, Fanon explains and observes the ways in which the colonized shall attempt to declare their rights from the colonizers. Fanon believed that the only way for the colonized to earn their independence, they would have to violently rebel against the colonizers.
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An example from The Hunger Games when Katniss challenges the authority of the oppressor is when Rue, another young tribute, dies. In this instance usually the dead tributes are taken up into the hovercraft and forgotten about; however, here, Katniss displays her respect, care, and honor for Rue by singing to her, and once she did die, Katniss covered Rue’s body with flowers to display the respect that the Capitol does not pay. Katniss defies the uniformity of forgetting about the dead, and even in this dangerous situation in which Katniss could have easily been killed had someone found her with Rue, she remained herself and didn’t allow the colonizers to change her behavior, causing her to leave Rue. Similarly, Peeta even says to Katniss during the movie that if he is going to die, he wants to die himself, and he does not want colonizers and the Capitol to change him. Fanon would definitely agree with Katniss and Peeta’s decision to not be brainwashed and changed by the colonizers for he deems it necessary to challenge the oppression and stand up for what they believe. These games are rather disturbing in which these young teenagers are, “…reduced to the status of [animals]” (Fanon, p. 144). All of the tributes are personally trained and then thrown into the arena to fight for their lives. This can be seen as a violation of the UDHR right in that no one shall

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