Date of Award


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Advisor/Committee Chair

William Husson


This thesis analyzes techniques for the elicitation of meaning and emotion within The Hunger Games. It takes a look at the ways in which a story is told and the different elements found within a story that when put together are likely to produce reactions from audience members. This paper draws principally from ideas about film techniques described by David Bordwell and Kristin Thompson (2008) in Film Art: An Introduction, and ideas about how films elicit emotions discussed by Carl Plantinga (2009) in Moving Viewers: American Film and the Spectator’s Experience. Plantinga’s work complements Bordwell and Thompson’s. This is because while Bordwell and Thompson focus primarily on issues of meaning, Plantinga discusses how audience emotions can be evoked by the meaningful contents they witness on the screen.

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