The Sociology Of The Hunger Games

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In a not-too-distant, some 74 years, into the future the United States of America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine, and war, to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 13 districts. Each year, two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games; these children are referred to as tributes (Collins, 2008). The Games are meant to be viewed as entertainment, but every citizen knows their purpose, as brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts. The televised games are broadcasted throughout Panem as the 24 participants are forced to eradicate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. The main character throughout the series is a 16-year-old girl from District 12 named Katniss Everdeen.
The glory of Panem, at least on sociological perspective, is that each of its’ 13 districts are divided by area as what they are required to produce as suited for their climate. Being divided as such has allowed each district to form very deep-set morals and values that have been unchanged and will continue to be unchanged through their lack of ability to communicate with other districts (2008). This is at most the best example of a “pluralistic society” (Henslin, 2003) that can be made.
Panem as a whole has some very basic deep root expectations of its citizens, all of which are very similar to totalitarian dictatorships and set it apart from present day America. They instill in their citizens a sense of national accomplishment, they feel that the populous “owes” them for being “merciful” and “saving them from the chaotic rulings of their past.” The state and not so much the citizens feel this accomplishment (2008). It seems that when the Panem government finally conquered our current government those years of war caused the country to be plunged back into a time without electricity, except that connected to propaganda, or vehicle more advanced than trains in the outer districts (2008). It is not said but possibly assumed that this was done to keep the district from rising up together. In order for the government to justify the Hunger Games, it keeps its minor districts in a constant state or poverty, requiring the children to take food rations in return for having their name entered in the lottery. Each ration counts your name once and if your name is called, you must enter the Games and fight your fellow district members to the death (2008). These acts while claiming they promote courage, honor, and determination in its citizens and participants do nothing more but enforce the submissiveness and loyalty of the society. Through both of these things, the American values of activity and work and efficiency and practicality (2003) are the only ones that survive to our grandchildren’s generation. That is unless you find racism and group superiority to be a valid type of value. It does not seem that in any state that...

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