Hunger Games And Pan's Labyrinth Comparison

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The Hunger Games and Pan’s Labyrinth are both popular dystopias, with one set in a fictional country and the other having a historical, real-world setting. The stories feature elements of control, oppression, and resistance throughout; causing the reader to believe that a perfect Utopia may be one of freedom, equality, and a willingness to cooperate. Both dystopias present oppressive, controlling societies. The Hunger Games' Panem is run by the Capitol, a city in the center of the country with states surrounding it. Pan’s Labyrinth is in a real-world setting featuring WWII-era Spain being controlled by military leader Capitan Vidal. Both societies feature cruel displays of power in order to maintain validity as leaders and instill fear in…show more content…
In the beginning, he makes sure they are noticed and remembered by their fiery costumes. This helps to get them the sponsors that Haymitch will need later to continue to support the couple in the arena. These stories are picturesque examples of dystopias through the themes of control and power by an oppressive leadership, along with the ultimate defiance by citizens of the societies. The general population has a sense of hopelessness, resources are controlled, and people are divided. Citizens are kept too weak to fight back, and those who do are punished in public as a reminder to others that resistance is futile. In contrast, when considering the reverse of this type of society, you can picture a place of freedom and equality. There would be no rationing system, so everyone would have enough to eat so that they can be happy and healthy. With no oppressive leadership, they would feel hopeful for their futures. Capital punishment would be unheard of, as everyone would follow the reasonably instilled laws of the society. After all, they have no reason to disagree with them, so they are willing to
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