The Hunger Games Vs Handmaid's Tale Essay

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Dystopian literature has become more common in today’s society. Some of the top book series are about dystopias. One of the top dystopian book trilogies is “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins. While most dystopian novels are similar in some aspects, “The Hunger Games” is specifically relatable to Margaret Atwood’s novel, “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Collins describes the society of Panem in “The Hunger Games”. However, Atwood depicts the Republic of Gilead in “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Both “The Hunger Games” and “The Handmaid’s Tale” are dystopian novels that have many similarities, however they have some differences. Collins’ and Atwood’s novels hold similarities in their ideas of societal categories, identification of these sections, constant surveillance, and public punishments. In both societies, the citizens are split into groups. In Panem, there were 13 districts and in Gilead, there were many categories of men and women. In both societies, the districts and categories have specific jobs and are identified by a color or style of clothing. There is a sense of being watched in both Panem and Gilead. In “The Handmaid’s Tale” this surveillance is called ‘The Eye’ but in “The …show more content…

For “The Hunger Games” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”, the structure of Panem and Gilead makes up this difference. In “The Hunger Games”, many citizens of Panem are born into this society. The citizens did not have to adapt to the new rules or workings of Panem because they were born and raised in that world. Whereas in “The Handmaid’s Tale”, all citizens of the Republic of Gilead were the first generation of the society and had to adapt to the new way of life. In Panem their main focus was taking lives to keep your own. However, in Gilead the main idea was to make lives to keep your own. Also, in Gilead men and women had specific roles, responsibilities, and freedoms but in Panem there were no specifically clear roles separated for men and

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