The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins in a classic example of a dystopian Text as it is a futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through a bureaucratic, technological, or totalitarian control. Throughout the book their are many forms of powers from wealth, gender, the Capitol, and Peeta Mellark. The totalitarian government run by the capitol is clearly one of the most obvious and dangerous form of power in The Hunger Games. This is achieved through the hunger Games. The Hunger Games are an ultimate display of the capitols power and authority over their people as they spread fear and hopelessness though Panem to distract the people from sparking the flames of …show more content…

A reminder `that the Dark Days must never be repeated ' (p.21). The games are also held for the entertainment of the citizens of the capitol and stand as a distraction for them to not start a rebellion against their own government. That the capitol would knowingly send and sacrifice innocent children for their own amusement and entertainment for 74 years and call it punishment shows their sinister abuse of power. In Panem, wealth is an obvious sign of power that is mainly held in the hands of the rich who usually come from the capitol or even parts of some of the 12 districts. As a result, there are massive disparities between the Rich and the poor and with these comes mutual hatred or distaste for the other, this is a hatred that has been exploited by the capitol. One of the Clearest Differences comes in the shape and form of the Tessera. In Penam you are mandatorily entered `for the reaping the day you turn 12. That year, your name is entered once. At thirteen, twice. '(p.15) This continues until you turn 18 `the final year of eligibility '(p.15) . You can opt to add your name more times in exchange for tessera. Each tessera is worth a meagre years supply for grain and oil for one person. You may do this for each of your family members as well." (p.15) The problem with this is that with the more times you voluntarily enter your name into the reaping, it leaves you with an increased chance of being chosen as a tribute for

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