The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games is a science fiction, dystopian post-apocalyptic series that takes place in a futuristic North American nation called Panem. The film series is based on the novel series of the same title written by Suzanne Collins. Many who watch the films view them as an action-packed adventure series, but The Hunger Games, like many other dystopian films, feature social and political subjects that relate back to past and present culture. Dystopian films like the Hunger Games provide messages, either directly or indirectly, that connect to issues in society. These messages are based in specific themes featured throughout the series. Government and society, media and culture, feminism and leadership, and ethics and the environment are the main reoccurring themes presented in the Hunger Games. In this essay I will examine how aspects of the Hunger Games series, like other dystopian films, make connections to contemporary sociopolitical issues, while also examining how the author brings awareness to these topics. Dystopian films challenge the idea of a perfect world and are often focused on themes of rebellion, oppression, inequality, and poverty of a society caused by an organization in power. According to Terri Chung, they are usually related to the society in which we live, but to some extent are exaggerated, especially the social and political issues that are represented (1). The films are typically set in the future and tell the story of a current or past society. They…

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