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Hope In The Face Of Capitol Crimes: Inhumanity And Desensitization

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In 2008, Suzanne Collins wrote The Hunger Games and the novel was made into a film four years later. Gary Ross, director of the movie, effectively conveys most of the themes from Collins’ novel, but not all of them. Inhumanity and desensitization plague the Capitol, but hope pulls Peeta and Katniss through the Hunger Games. Although there were flaws with some details, the director did not disrupt the general plot and themes. Ross and Collins worked together to ensure a movie as close to the novel as possible and did a decent job.
One of Collin’s central themes, desensitization, plays a major role in both the novel and the movie. The Capitol citizens’ desensitization leads them to deriving ...view middle of the document...

However, Katniss and Peeta do not give up. For their whole lives until the Games, the two district-twelve tributes have lived in the worst district. Katniss’s life has been especially hard considering that she lives in the poorest neighborhood, the Seam. After her father dies in a mine accident, Katniss supports her mother through depression and her younger sister for a long amount of time. Katniss finds hope one day when she sees a single dandelion growing after her second meeting with Peeta and a day after Peeta gives her the bread that prevents her family from going without food that night:

Our eyes met for only a second, then he turned his head away. I dropped my gaze, embarrassed, and that’s when I saw it. The first dandelion of the year. A bell went off in my head. I thought of the hours spent in the woods with my father and I knew how we were going to survive.
To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not...

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