Hunger Games Key Themes

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After reading The Hunger Games, I found myself personally trying to find a broader meaning behind the novel whilst taking, the key themes and elements then applying them to the today’s society. The main themes that stuck out from the text are how controlling governments put boundaries on our ability, to accomplish great things and the extent to which people go to live under this style of leadership. The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins is a science fiction novel. It is based around a 16-year-old girl named Katniss Everdeen. She lives in the dystopian, apocalyptic land of Panem. In the novel, the Capital is the name of the running government that has full dominance over the economic and political affairs in Panem. A key idea in this novel shows the scarcity of social advancements and diversity between the…show more content…
Love and loyalty are first shown within the sisters Katniss and Prim. When Prim is selected as a contestant to take part in the annual Hunger Games, Katniss voices “I volunteer, I volunteer as tribute,” revealing to the reader the element of human sacrifice in the book. Straight away, it touched my heart and made me imagine myself in a similar situation. If my sibling was in danger, I know I would do anything to ensure they were safe, even if that meant risking my own life. It also saddened me the way that the richer people disregarded the feelings and emotions of the poorer people, based only on their status in society. The Capitol presents themselves as the so called “superiors” of Panem and are characterised as the better people because of their wealth and social position, whilst those from the poorer districts are portrayed as lesser. However they show overwhelming love and loyalty by giving what little money they have to help their districts tributes, proving that morality and humanity or a lack thereof are not dependent on social
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