Dystopias In The Hunger Games

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The cruelty of society, injustice of communities and the desire of perfection makes Dystopian stories and novels written in the 21st century like: Equilibrium (2072, Libria), Divergent (futuristic Chicago) and The Hunger Games (2087, Panem) unpleasant and repressive. “Dystopia” comes from the Greek roots “dys-” and “-topia”. “Dys-” means bad and “-topia” means place to live in. Therefore, a dystopian world is an unfavorable society in which to live in. It is essential that in dystopian stories and novels a back-story, a hero, a conflict and a climax are present. Most of the times, the antagonist in a dystopian novel is the government. The government makes the protagonist’s dreams, aims and desires fail. Dystopian novels tend to represent the…show more content…
In each of these traumas, the cause of loss of liberty and unbearable living conditions is the oppression by a totalitarian or authoritarian government. The totalitarian or authoritarian government tries to mold the society to be perfect by controlling it in many ways such as: corporate control, bureaucratic control, technological control or philosophical control. Governments are in charge of making sure everyone does what they believe is correct and ideal and that way they ensure no conflict or war. The way they are able to do this is with the use of rules, drugs, serums, fear, and torture. Some methods they use are the elimination of any human emotion and memory that may enable the person to think for themselves. This has been seen throughout all dystopian novels and stories published in the 21st century and even…show more content…
It begins with the government working against the protagonist’s aims and desires and only focusing on what they believe is the correct way to deal with the post-war. Most of the time, the protagonist acts different than the rest of the community making him or her a risk or threat to the government. The obvious result of this situation, for the governments, is to eliminate the risk or destroy it by any means necessary. The oppression is frequent and common. It always results in the loss of civil liberties, sexual freedom, and privacy. It increases the risk of destruction of the society and its people. It usually comes to be after a traumatic event and/or shifts in control, which ends in totalitarian governments or bureaucracies, as mentioned before. The conflicts almost always evolve because the hero has been a victim of the dystopia and wants to rebel and help others. The protagonist realize by themselves, or with help, how wrong it is and do not want to live in that repressive society any

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