The complex social system the government creates involves a sort of hierarchy where each individual has a specific duty in society. This societal structure aids the expansion of government power because it does not allow for people to form relationships with others around them. “Individuals police each other” so the government can make sure no one is secretly opposing their rule (Laflen 106). Therefore, Offred tries “not to think too much [because] like the other things, thought must be rationed” (Atwood 10). Anything she thinks can easily compel her to say something she might regret because “the Republic of Gilead...knows no bounds.
Though only one contestant could win the Games, all the tributes were forced to slay other corrival from other districts and also one from their own district. Through this symbolic way Capitol hindered the plebs of the districts from joining the rebelling forces, as the Games had distracted the people to divide and fight among themselves. One of the worst factors of the Games is that the government broadcasts all the events as a live
In the Hunger Games itself, kids fight to their death so that the world can be entertained. The games are also publicized through the media. The government of Panem makes it seem like it is okay to do what they are doing, however, the people in certain districts would say otherwise. Propaganda is used to control the citizens of the society. In The Hunger Games, freedom is restricted.
In addition to this, even children were brought up in a manner that they love and respect unconditionally Big Brother. They were thought to denounce even their parents when they broke the rules. Children knew only this life, and were confident in what the Party was selling them, besides they are inducted in an organization called Junior Spies unlike the adults who work to prefabricate the news, the stories and one’s life ‘it is often necessary for a member of the Inner Party to know that this or that item of war is untruthful,…but such knowledge is easily neutralised be the technique of doublethink’. –‘Nearly every aspect of the society presented in 1984 by George Orwell is controlled, including the most natural impulses of sex and love’. People are encouraged to supress their sexual desire, sex was only to reproduce, it was a duty to the Party to make a child, who will end up being a Party
A few of the ways the government will manipulate and distract its people are by the development of a clever social hierarchy system and the believable techniques of propaganda. The totalitarian governments created in George Orwell's 1984 and Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games are very comparable when it comes to the rigid social structure to maintain control and power over its citizens. The social hierarchy developed in the novel The Hunger Games, begins with a leader figure of the nation Panem: President Snow. He runs the futuristic Capitol which lords over all the other twelve districts and portrays economic dominance over Panem. Along with a cabinet of Capitol members with President Snow who assist him with his intelligent governing.
In her essay, she points that an individual should not be tagged as a criminal to the society due to his or her poverty. She also points that the government should provide more shelters to homeless, and that the government should help them to find a job in order to have them enrolled back in society. Unfortunately, the public housing, which is a support for poor families provided by the government, has been becoming an easy target for law enforcers to fine people that is in need. As Ehrenreich says, “The public housing that remains has become more prisonlike, with residents subjected to drug testing and random police sweeps”. It demonstrates the elephant in the room that the government wants to avoid such reality meanwhile people is suffering in public houses filled of diseases and filth.
He describes the communities that have stopped the practice of the lottery as a “pack of crazy fools” (Jackson, Literature) This is an example of how the history of a ritual can establish it as normal. To Old Man Warner, the lottery is normal and essential. History is a major key in the way today’s society functions. Without learning history and its trials and errors, we would keep repeating the same mistakes previously made. The people in the lottery found a way to feed the people of their town by the sacrifice of one life.
Suzanne Collins’ novel The Hunger Games is about stereotyping and dehumanization as ways government uses to control ordinary citizens of Panem. The main character, Katniss Everdeen, is forced to take part in the Hunger Games, which is one of the main approaches to dominate over the country. Even though Katniss is pressed to face various difficulties, the novel focuses on political and social problems that are faced in modern society. The definition of the word dehumanization by Merriam-Webster is to ‘depriving human qualities, personality, or split’. This refers not to consider people as actual human beings but as something lower classed.
It showed how normal civilians acted when they were given authority over others. Even the most cordial, intelligent people can take on an evil, machiavellianistic nature when introduced to a dominant role in an individualized setting. This experiment taught psychologists so many things about human behavior and the prison system. It is an event that is taught in classrooms all over the world. While some people question the ethics of the experiment, it paved the way for more understanding as well as the reform of psychological practices
Because these designer babies have healthy cells, their life span is longer than the normal ones. Third, they are intellectually enhanced. Compared to normal people, the demand of designer babies in a company will increase, they get the job while those who were born without undergoing a genetic enhancement process will loose the job because they are considered incompetent compared to designer babies. Fourth, the parents have a chance to choose the gender of their child. They will claim that it will create balance in the family but they will not realize that it will also create imbalance between the population of male and female in the society.