Jamie (Nhu Nguyen)
The Hunger Game Lit Theory
Feb 2nd 2013
The Hunger Game by Suzanne Collins is one of the bestseller on The New York Times for a long time. The period in the story is when the North America was completely collapsed; a country named Panem was established. The country has 12 districts (each 13th District, but it has been crossed from the list) and a city called the Capitol. Each county has a duty, labor, production, and transfer everything they do on the Capitol. In my opinion, The Hunger Game is a very cruel story; the government in this book is very dictatorial. The Capitol in The Hunger Games created the “Hunger Games” for the purpose for all twelve districts to see his power, and there is nothing more foolish than to stand up and fight again. “Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. “Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen.’” (Collins 18-19). From the Marxist lens, there is a strong oppression of the poor by the rich, and socioeconomic subjugation is responsible for the huge disparity between the “haves” and the “have nots”, that is the people who have money and the people who don't. The Capitol has money. Gobs of it. (Shmoop Editorial Team). The Capitol dominates its districts by controlling education and the media, keeping the districts in a state of hunger and poverty, and monitoring all aspects of life with an eagle eye (Studymode). The novel is the criticism about the society that Suzanne Collins want to show us - the big differences between the classes in that period time in which the Capitol and twelve districts are the real examples....
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