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.
The famous Roman orator and senator Publius Tacitus once wrote that “the more the laws, the more corrupt the government.” A corrupt system always tries to put restrictions and create laws in order to ensure that their power as an authority is not in danger of being disregarded. In Suzanne Collins’ renowned novel The Hunger Games, the Capitol is a corrupt system in Panem because it abuses its powers to control the citizens. It does so by forcing restrictions on the freedom of the people, favoring the rich and imposing harsh punishments. Firstly, The Capitol believes in a system that restricts the citizen 's freedom to ensure their supremacy on the public. For instance, when Katniss sneaks into the woods and comments about the situations of starvation
The hunger games by Suzanne Collins is typically called a dystopian novel. Since it sheds the light upon a utopian society that is controlled by the government. A society that is fooled by the totalitarian government of the Capitol in order to maintain power, and prevent the uprising of the Districts.that authority is practiced by making people from the districts live in a dehumanized state using another form of dystopia which is propaganda for the reason that they showed them the penalty of disobedience. Another characteristic of a dystopian society that we can see in the novel are keeping the players during the games under surveillance at all times, and everywhere. The last thing that make "The Hunger Games" a supreme example of a dystopian society is the fact that freedom is restricted by forcing the families from the districts to send their kids to death, also known as the hunger games.
Ancient literature serves as a revolutionary inspiration for modern civilization. Consider the play “Antigone” by Sophocles, Antigone is a symbol of justice and sacrifice towards the minority, and a symbol of chaos and destruction towards the government. Presently, it is believed that books or plays like these (about revolution) have been banned in fear of people starting their own revolutions. For example, in Thailand people have been arrested for doing the three fingered salute from the book, The Hunger Games. Do not be blind to the effects of what a few pages can actually cause.
On analyzing the novel "The Hunger Games", we would be able to understand that it is clever satire of Western manias like fashion, reality television shows and the cult of celebrity. The main source of power that has been dealt in the novel is the authorities of the totalitarian government of the Capitol, though Capitol holds almost all the wealth of Panem and was able to control the lives of the people in all the districts. The Hunger Games had been designed in such a way as an ultimate display of power that has been held by the government and also to warn the plebs against rebellion. Every citizen of Panem is destined to be the pawn in an elaborate game of life and death. 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.
In response, Winston is trying to escape and fight the system. He is aware of the oppression of Big Brother and understand the dictatorship the community faces. The proposal of Big Brother is to strip away the human qualities, such as emotion, so that everyone is alike and easier to control. To contrast, Winston is able to tell the difference and able to detect the false ideas of tyranny and disobeys the rules. His first rebellion was writing his thoughts
Under the dictator Kim Jong Un, freedom of speech is basically nonexistent. Speaking out against the regime is a dangerous act that can result in the death of you and your entire family. In Oceania, the society in Orwell’s 1984, even having an anti Big Brother (Oceania’s equivalent to Kim Jong Un) thought will result in death. Throughout the novel, Orwell shows the deterioration of a man’s humanity at the hands of Big Brother. George Orwell’s 1984 explores the freedom of human thought and what can cause that to be manipulated; it serves as a warning against a government that will take away the main facet of humanity: freedom of thought.
The two control methods are related as they contribute to one purpose the totalitarian control over the people of Oceania. The people are physiologically manipulated as discussed by the mental control measures, and physically forced into loving Big Brother. This is one of the methods the government uses to control people’s minds, by placing fear into them. The fear in 1984 limits the people into even thinking of challenging the government. The emotional trauma the people suffer is the fear they have when the government catches them not abiding to the laws.
Has our nation ever thought about how the government could be manipulating people in believing in anything with the power of language? That is exactly what the book, 1984 by George Orwell does. The government in 1984 controls their people with the fear of having no privacy. In a result from not having privacy, the government can tell who is going against the Party and if they talk bad about the Party then they will be taken away and “vaporized”. Also, if the people do not believe in everything the Party says then they also will be taken away.
In Chapter 3, Goldstein outlines how the Party remains in power by staying in perpetual war, “The war, therefore, if we judge by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture...It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that a hierarchical society needs” (Orwell 155). This shows that the suffering the people of Oceania and almost the whole of Earth are going through is merely so their will is bent towards their own government instead of having a life quality and education level that are high enough to rebel. The Party is imposing itself as the savior of the people, protecting them from foreign