Societies and Gender in The Hunger Games

Societies and Gender in "The Hunger Games"

In 21st century parliamentary democracy Australia, adverse use of power, gender, and the value of the individual aren't pressing concerns. This, however, is not the same circumstance in Suzanne Collin's "The Hunger Games" published in 2008. "The Hunger Games" is a story about a lower class young woman, Katniss Everdeen, fighting against one of the oppressive government schemes called in the televised 74th Hunger Games where children under eighteen years of age are chosen at random to fight for unilateral survival. The oppressive government abuses their influence on the power that their citizens hold, expected gender stereotypes and the ...

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attitude toward members of society, their laws, their consequential punishments and their limited rights they give the members of society. Any government's purpose is to secure the rights of life, liberty and property of their citizens with their consent. The Capitol fulfils none of the aforementioned criteria. One of the primary ways the Capitol abuses their power is through manipulating the basic human need of food necessities. Not only do they allow fatal starvation to occur, they also cover it up with disease. Katniss comments, "Starvation is never the cause of death officially. It's always the flu, or exposure, or pneumonia. But that fools no one" (Collins, 2008). In first-person narration, Katniss informs "But here's the catch. Say you are poor and starving, as we were. You can opt to add your name more times in exchange for tesserae" (Collins, 2008). The Capitol is well aware of the impoverished districts struggling to feed their families and themselves and so they allow ...

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for entertainment value. They do this in hopes of surviving together and rebelling against the government's Hunger Games scheme. Katniss and Peeta demonstrate through this, that lower-class members of Panem can have a great influence not only in disturbing the government but also inspiring Panem's oppressed with their bravery and bold determination.

Collins also explores the importance (or lack of) of the individual in The Hunger Games. Members of Panem and especially those of lower-classes yield no great importance to the Capitol. The function of the districts is to meet their local produce quota. They are seen as money-producing machines without feelings or values that are to be ...

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