Theme Of Innocence In The Hunger Games

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Innocence is a word that reminds you of children and youngsters. Children are most of the time not aware of the cruelty and evilness that exists in this world. Therefore it is easy to take advantage of their innocence. The antonym of the word innocence is guilty. Characters in the three texts that will be discussed in this essay, are not exactly innocent. But they are definitely not guilty enough to deserve death. In these texts innocent characters are chosen as sacrifices, to make the sacrifice fair, very painful and entertaining. In the short story of “The Lottery” once a year there is a lottery, and every family is required to draw a paper out of the box. Whoever is chosen, is sacrificed by being stoned to death . The selection process…show more content…
The author Suzanne Collins has made the punishment very violent. “In punishment for the Uprising, each district must provide one girl and one boy, called Tributes, to participate”(Collins 19). The author has made the punishment violent by choosing young boys and girls as the tributes. Once more, the theme of innocence is applied here. These young tributes have not done anything wrong to be punished horribly. Similar to “The Lottery”, the author of The Hunger Games has made the games fair by requiring every single boy and girl between the ages of 13-18 to be apart of the…show more content…
Shirley Jackson chose Tessie as a sacrifice to make the sacrifice seem fair in “The Lottery”. Similarly Ursula K. Le Guin chose a child as a sacrifice, because its innocence causes it to suffer more and keep the city happy. Suzanne Collins also chose the tributes to be young boys and girls to indicate that the innocence of them is what makes the games much more entertaining for the Capitol. As you can see innocent people are always victimized and taken advantage
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