The Handmaid's Tale & The Hunger Games
series Offred...a Handmaid in a totalitarian society
where a few fertile women must provide offspring
for those most priveleged in society. Always watched. No freedom.
No past. Secrets.
Finally, Offred's own
personal rebellion is
discovered, and she is
taken away. But to imprisonment, or freedom...? The United States is no more. Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance. The Eye. "He looks at me, and sees me looking...Then he winks...
Perhaps it was a test to see what I would do.
Perhaps he is an Eye." "Or sometimes, a black-painted van,
with the winged Eye in white on the side...
When they pass, we avert our eyes." Citizens live in a dehumanized state. Almost bare bedroom Same food every day Supervised while bathing,
even going to the bathroom Can't leave the house
except for specified times No freedom of speech Propoganda is used to control the citizens of society. "When that was over, they showed me a movie
Know what it was about? It was about life in the Colonies....
they spend their time cleaning up. Sometimes it's just bodies....
The other colonies are worse, though, the toxic dumps and
the radiation spills." --Moira The Aunts try to scare the Handmaids into behaving. 16 year-old Katniss Everdeen from District 12
takes her sister's place to participate in the 74th
annual Hunger Games along with Peeta Mellark.
Only one tribute out of 24 competing will survive
and bring glory and food to their district. Her choices inside and outside the arena change their fate and their lives forever and she becomes the face of a rebellion. Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance. The tributes' every move in the arena is televised live 24/7
for the whole world to see. Every murder, every betrayal,
every sacrifice, every tear. Citizens in the districts are kept in line by
Peacekeepers, the Capitol's soldiers. They
carry out executions and punishments for
any behavior out of line. Citizens live in a dehumanized state. "For three days, we'd had nothing but boiled water
with some dried mint leaves...All forms of stealing
are forbidden...punishable by death. But it crossed my
mind that there might be something in the trash bins... Unfortunately, the bins had just been emptied. The realization that I'd have nothing to take home had
finally sunk in. My knees buckled...It was too much. I was
too sick and weak and tired, oh, so tired. 'Let me die right
here in the rain.'" Propoganda is used to control the citizens of society. "They're all gathered at a television screen....
It's always the same. War footage. Propoganda.
Replaying the bombings of District 12. An ominous
message from President Snow."See the full transcript