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Dystopian Elements in The Hunger Games, Divergent, and The M

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Dystopian Elements in
The Hunger Games, Divergent,
and
The Maze Runner

By: Gabbie Fulp
Definition Of Dystopia
Dystopia Fiction is a relevantly new genre that is quickly gaining momentum
The definition of dystopia is described as "a world in which nothing is perfect."
Elements of a Dystopia
A dystopia consists of five main elements:
Oppression from the government and rebellion toward the government
Constant surveillance by the government
Large wage gap between the rich and the poor
Lots of propaganda from the government to control the people
Free will and thought is prohibited
Dystopian Elements in
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element about oppression and rebellion:
The people of Panem are forced to give their children up to compete in the Hunger Games and Katniss Everdeen, unknowingly, starts a rebellion against the capital
By defying the capital she sparks a rebellion against the oppressive Capitol
Dystopian Elements in
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element about constant surveillance:
In the Districts, there are special police known as the Peacekeepers.
The Peacekeepers are everywhere and constantly monitor "problem people"
The tributes for the Hunger Games are watched almost everywhere before the Games begin
They are also watched during the Games the whole time
The Hunger Games
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element about wage gap:
Dystopian Elements in
The Hunger Games
The higher the number of the District, the poorer it is.
District 12 is the farthest from the Capitol, so it is the poorest
The people in the Capitol have more money than all the Districts combined
Dystopian Elements in
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element about propaganda:
The actual Hunger Games is used as propaganda.
The Hunger Games make people listen the Capitol and to remember that it is in charge
The propaganda does not provide any space for anything that does not pertain to the Capitol
Dystopian Elements in
The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element about free will and thought:
The Capitol controls everything that happens in the Districts providing no room for free thinking because if they stop working the Capitol will most likely kill them
The people in the Districts have no say on what they want to do and are assigned a job forever with no change even if the worker does not want to do that job
Dystopian Elements in
Divergent
Divergent
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element oppression and rebellion
The government is divided into five groups known as Factions
They oppress the people by making them choose one forever at the age of 16
This causes Tris Prior to rebel the system because she is divergent and does not conform to one Faction
Dystopian Elements in
Divergent
Divergent
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element of constant surveillance
Once a 16-year-old has chosen a Faction, they begin a process during Initiation
During Initiation, the Initiate is always watched to evaluate their usefulness to the Faction
They also get their thoughts monitored through stimulation which inserts their a reality straight to their mind
Dystopian Elements in
Divergent
Divergent
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element of the wage gap
The people who do not pass Initiation, become known as the Factionless.
The Factionless have nothing and rely on the Factions to provide them with basic necessities
This shows that not conforming results in loss of everything.
Dystopian Elements in
Divergent
Divergent
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element of propaganda
The Factions use the Faction system as propaganda by making the people choose a Faction or their family
This makes them choose Faction over blood because they are encouraged to follow the result of the aptitude tests
Dystopian Elements in
Divergent
Divergent
successfully demonstrates the dystopian element of no free will or thought
The Factions make it so that the teenagers are more likely to follow their aptitude tests even if it means they leave their family
They are only allowed to choose one of the five Factions and the cannot start a new one making them conform to the government
Dystopian Elements in
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
successfully demonstrates oppression and rebellion
In the Maze Runner
, a group of boys are trapped in an experiment that is surrounded by a maze
The maze is controlled by a group of people known as the Creators
The Creators oppress the boys by keeping them in the maze for over two years
This causes the boys to try to solve the maze in hopes to take revenge on the Creators
Dystopian Elements in
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
successfully demonstrates the dystopian elements of constant surveillance and wage gap
The boys are watched by little mechanical bugs known as beetle blades
The beetle bugs report the boys' activity back to the Creators
The Creators also control everything that the boys receive showing that they control the money creating a very large wage gap
Dystopian Elements in
The Maze Runner
The Maze Runner
successfully demonstrates the dystopian elements of propaganda and lack of free will and thought
The Maze Runner
uses reverse propaganda by making the boys solve the maze even though they do not want to do anything that will help the Creators
The boys must stay in the maze because they cannot leave until they solve the maze and therefore causing them to be held against their wills.
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