Hunger Games Novel Study Essay

Essay by holdupJunior High, 7th gradeB+, September 2014

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Many futuristic novels challenge us to consider the important issues that are relevant to the novel and our world. Suzanne Collins does this by introducing us to the protagonist Katniss and her world, in the novel, The Hunger Games. Katniss lives in Panem, a post-apocalyptic nation made up of districts that live in poverty and a Capitol that lives off the resources provided by the districts under the Capitols brute force and brutality. This novel challenges us to explore the themes of inequality, the negative influence of media, the desensitization of humans to violence and suffering, and how appearances can change how others perceive you.

Inequality is most usually something found in the past or under a dictatorship government. In Panem the government and its people are living in comfort and indulgence but most of the districts are living in destitution and are close to starving to death.

Katniss criticises the government about having them in control with no freedom whatsoever but does not care whether they are starving to death. While the Capitol is living in luxury, the districts are working hard to provide it. One thing the Capitol refuses to share with the districts is food. In the poor districts, many of the residents do not even have enough to eat, even though the Capitol has more than enough to share. Furthermore, all but the most basic foods are luxuries. Katniss notes that starvation is common in District 12, and she has to hunt illegally in the woods to feed her family. The novel suggests that most of the district's residents are not able to or don't know how to hunt, meaning even the little Katniss's family has, it is still more than many of the other families in her district. Later on...