Examples Of Classism In The Hunger Games

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Published in 2008 and written by Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopian novel set in the fictional nation of Panem which is divided into twelve districts and a Capitol (Levithan, 2018). The story follows Katniss Everdeen, a young revolutionary from District 12 who comes from nothing, but ultimately changes everything. Every year, two youth from each district, excluding the Capitol, are chosen to participate as tributes in the Hunger Games, a battle to the death orchestrated by the Capitol’s leaders for the whole of Panem to watch. For the majority of Panem, the games are a horrifying, gruesome reminder of the broken society in which they live. Upon analysis it becomes clear that there are many similarities between Panem's class discrimination and that of modern society. Class discrimination refers to the prejudicial systematic barriers put in place by the ruling class that are used to oppress, and ultimately control the lower class (Ricee, 2023). Classism negatively impacts society’s lower classes, but benefits society’s most affluent and powerful groups, which explains the lack of progress in combating this issue (“Classism”). Panem’s Capitol is a direct reflection of current society’s discriminatory elite, while poverty-stricken districts reflect the harsh realities of those with extremely low socioeconomic status.
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