|Teseo y el Minotauro dibujados por Daniel Panero.|
Suzanne Collins ha declarado que su obra Los Juegos del Hambre le debe mucho al circo romano de gladiadores y al género televisivo del reality show, pero también al mito de Teseo.
Suzanne Collins has stated that she owns much of her work in The Hunger Games to Roman gladiator sports and the genre of reality television shows, but also to the myth of Theseus.
|Suzanne Collins, autora de la trilogía de Los Juegos del Hambre.|
Mythology tells that, in return for her defeat in war and to avoid her destruction, Athena had to send 14 tributes, seven boys and seven girls, to Crete, where they would be thrown into the labyrinth and devoured by the Minotaur. On the third occasion that Athena was preparing to send her tribute to the Minotaur's labyrinth, Theseus, the king's son, offered himself as a volunteer. Theseus overcame the Minotaur with a magic sword and saved his companions and his country from such an outrageous tribute.
Este tema se repite como leyenda en la historia del Reino de León. Esta vez eran 100 doncellas el tributo que debía entregarse al rey moro para su harem. Y dice la leyenda que el Apóstol Santiago se presentó en una batalla, montando un caballo blanco empuñando una espada, liderando el combate y liberando al Reino de tributo tan afrentoso.
This theme is repeated in legend form in the Kingdom of León. This time the tribute was a hundred young women that had to be handed over to the Moorish king for his harem. The legend tells that the Apostle James presents himself in battle, mounted on a white horse, fist around a sword and heads up the battle freeing the Kingdom from such an outrageous tribute.
|José Casado del Alisal. "Santiago en la Batalla de Clavijo" (1885).|
In the Kingdom of Castilla there was also a similar legend. There it was Saint Millán who appeared killing the Moors.
|San Millán en la batalla de Hacinas. Óleo de Fray Juan Rizi (1653-56)|
En esta fecha aún se defendía desde San Millán de la Cogolla (Castilla)
el patronazgo de España para San Millán.
The Hunger Games are linked, thus, to the most ancient mythological traditions, although the distinctive characters are not of divine affiliation nor are they saints. They are characters that are presented to us as those close to us, just like ourselves, in a credible world at a possible future time.
Suzanne Collins ha escrito una distopía con mucho potencial para reflexionar acerca del mundo actual y el que estamos construyendo, quizá sin darnos cuenta.
Suzanne Collins has written a dystopia with a lot of potential to reflect on our present world and the one we are building, perhaps without noticing.