Examples Of Binary Opposition In The Hunger Games

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Binary opposition is not only a vital concept in linguistics, but it also plays a significant role in the fields of anthropology, sociology, literature and art as it is believed that things only mean something in relation to one another, like the ever-existing concept of good and evil. They serve as labels to identifying certain ideas but what makes them opposites is that fact that they cannot coexist and this creates boundaries between groups, leading to discrimination, inequality and injustice. This is very much present in The Hunger Games in which two opposite groups are created based on the same idea of presence and absence (of power) and the weaker group fears the stronger and ends up obeying whatever the dominant has to say. This not only creates prejudices, bias and disparity between groups but also leads to the ‘us and them’ distinction, where the dominant…show more content…
As mentioned in the very first chapter of this study, the type of control that the Capitol has is technological in nature. From the very beginning of the story, we are told that it is not safe to talk against the Capitol as they have eyes and ears everywhere. Katniss Everdeen, the narrator, mentions it that she goes to hunt in the forest to keep her family from dying and even in the ‘middle of nowhere’ (Quote 18, line 3), she worries somebody ‘might overhear’ her (Quote 18, line 4). For this reason, she explains that she ‘learned’(Quote 18, line 7) not to talk about the Capitol in ‘public’ and ‘avoid tricky topics’ such as the ‘reaping, or food shortages or the Hunger Games’ (Quote 18, line 11-12). She is so cautious that she tries to ‘turn her features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read her thoughts’ (Quote 18, line 8). From this example, we can understand how malicious the nature of Capitol’s control

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