Comparing the Dystopian Elements in Suzenne Collins' The Hunger Games and George Orwell's 1984

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Discuss in which ways and how far the dystopian elements in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games echo those in George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four Dystopian literature adheres to certain conventions; the theme of a dystopian future typically encompasses a severely repressed society, with socio-political dysfunction and class stratification. Themes of surveillance, censorship and personal independence have been established by authors such as George Orwell, and are recurrent throughout 2008 novel “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, although Orwellian dystopia and conceived ideas of freedom are juxtaposed in an intriguing fashion. “The Hunger Games” revolves around the notion of the various districts of Panem offering in tribute one young man and woman, to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice, Panem being the nation that was established during an unknown period of time, and the pageant of honor being the barbaric means of controlling its citizens. Whilst more recent dystopian literature derives heavily from Orwellian conventions in some respects, it arguably differs greatly in others, redefining to an extent the genre. “The Hunger Games” echoes “Nineteen Eighty-Four” in the sense that these novels convey a sense of what a perception of the future could be like, predicting a governing body that controls all aspects of the lives of those who live under it. A difference is that the “Party” in “Nineteen Eighty-Four” has absolute control: speech,

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