The Hunger Games Is An Unjust Social Hierarchy

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“So instead of acknowledging applause, I stand there unmoving while they take part in the boldest form of dissent they can manage. Silence. Which says we do not agree. We do not condone. All of this is wrong” (Collins, 2). In this moment, not only citizens, but neighbors, friends, family, neighborhood, look up at Katniss knowingly in pure frustration and empty hearts that their humanity is slowly slipping away before them and there is nothing no one can do about it. Susan Collins creates a government that generates fear to the citizens who live in a pain, fear filled dystopia. A dystopia, a society characterized by human misery, oppression, disease, and overcrowding sums up Panem and its districts accurately. The central government that …show more content…

This same concept goes for the video shown every year before the reapings of every Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen describes the reaping as an annual event that takes place in every district before each Hunger Games, where the tributes of the upcoming games are chosen. Each district’s escort randomly chooses the name of one male and one female tribute from two separate glass balls. The video that is shown before each of these reapings describes the rough history that led to them to this point, how the 13 districts rebelled against a government that supposedly loved them and cared for them, how brother turned on brother, and the repayment to those who fought for peace, etc. The Media is also controlled by the government, the actual Hunger Games is not only a punishment but is also a source of entertainment. One could say that the game’s are a source of a reality TV or a show, you root for your favorite, you cry when they die. Other than the government itself controlling what is seen and heard by the people, they can watch the people. In this dystopian society, cameras and sound systems are developed around the districts and cities. Valori 3 At all times, security can see what anyone is doing at any time. For example, almost everyday Katniss goes outside guarded lines into the woods to hunt which is illegal. She thinks she 's alone but all that time she has been doing it, she has been watched. Cameras are installed into the terrain of the

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