Breaking Down Dystopia: The Hunger Games – part 3

Dear Jerry,
This week we will be bringing our series to an end by talking about what we can learn from these amazing books that we seem to love so much. The past two weeks I have talked about the capital and how they think, then I talked about how the districts work, and eventually how Katniss defied the Capital.
The Hunger Games is a great book that many, many people love, but what can we take out of it? Well for starters it gives us a reality of how powerful the government can get, and how easily it can get out of control. The districts of Panam were not always separated into districts, and they had not always had to participate in the Hunger Games. But once the country rose up against the Capital, the Capital found it necessary to split them up so they were less powerful and scare them with the Hunger Games. This is a great example of why we need to make sure our government does not become more powerful than us.
Another thing is that it gives us another perspective of “reality” T.V shows. Nowadays we have shows like Surviver, Wipe Out, or even the Bachelor, that encourage us to cheer for people to get hurt, either physically, or emotionally. I don’t know about you, but that sounds a lot like the Capital. In The Hunger Games, the Capital puts on the games and sits back to watch people die, or get hurt, and that is what we are beginning to do in our own world today. With shows like these, we are not far off from the Capital.
With all of that being said, what are you entertained by? I think The Hunger Games gives us many chances to examine ourselves and also examine our government. But if there is one thing I want to leave you with, it is that you should never stop asking questions, that is what Katniss did, and it changed her world and everyone else’s world around her, for the better.

-Maddy

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