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Understanding Evil in the Hunger Games

How can you stand by and watch those who create evil, continue? Albert Einstein once said, “The world is dangerous to live in, not because of those who do evil but because of those who look on and let them do so”. This quote relates to The Hunger Games on many levels. This paper will attempt to explain the meaning of Einstein`s quote, along with the ramifications of condoning evil by three distinct characters in The Hunger Games. The characters identified as condoning evil are President Snow, the Peace Keepers, and the Citizens from various Districts. This paper will not only explore the evil nature of these characters; it will also demonstrate how evil is portrayed within their society. President Snow is the leader of Panem. He promotes evil due to his self-interest and his need of self-preservation. President Snow uses food as a power tool, because he knows that food is something that everyone requires. The Citizens have to do what they are asked to get what they need. Snow is worried that if he does not maintain order and status quo that it will cost him his leadership. He is the one who sets the rules, and he has the power to change them. President Snow’s perceived fear of loss of power prevents him from changing his ways. He is stuck between being evil and doing the right thing. Ultimately, Snow is the evil Einstein is referring too. The Peace Keepers are the people who enforce the laws created by the Capitol and President Snow. They choose to follow President Snows’ orders, and decisions instead of doing the right thing. The Peace Keepers know that they are doing wrong, yet they choose to look on and obey President Snow. The Peace Keepers are provided with a better life style; their quality of life has increased from poverty to abundance. They maintain order with extreme physical force and are paid to do so. They have the physical force to over throw President Snow; however they choose to obey and follow

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