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Comparing The Hunger Games vs. The Lottery
Transcript of Comparing The Hunger Games vs. The Lottery
Fear was one of the many tactics the government used to control the people living in the districts. They were afraid that if they spoke out they would either be tortured, or killed by the government. The tributes for the games were also afraid for their lives. They knew that if they did not kill people themselves they would be killed. I'm sure the people having to participate in the games were terrified to kill other human beings, I know I would be. Another example of fear in the society was having to go to the annual reaping. The citizens were terrified that there name would be drawn, knowing that if their name was called they would most likely die.
Fear; The Hunger Games
The people in The Hunger Games, mostly the tributes had to make many important decisions through out the course of the story. When Katniss volunteered as tribute for her sister Prim, she made a choice knowing that it would have a huge impact on her life, yet she still made that choice to save her sister. The people did not have any choice or freedom in their lives. They didn't get to choose if they would go to the games or not, where they would live, or what they would survive on, the government controlled everyone.
Choice; The Hunger Games
In the games the tributes were almost treated as if they were animals even just from how the games looked. They were out in a forest setting, where wild animals would live, and having to survive off of the environment they were given. They also had to kill each other in order for their district to be rewarded with food. Quite similar to the animals in the wild, they kill each other in order to have food. In the capital, people are given all the food they desire but the tributes from each district have to win the games for their people to have enough food. Another example of the characters showing animalistic senses, would be how they wake up when they sense somebody near. This happened multiple times, especially in the movie when the characters would wake up in the middle of the night because they had a sense someone was near, obviously trying to kill them.
Animalistic instincts; The Hunger Games
The characters in this story definitely have set rules and laws that they have to conform to in order to stay safe from the government. Even though there are rules and laws the government has set in stone, which are completely unfair the citizens still have to follow. In The Hunger Games no body rebelled against the government or said anything that would make the government think anything was going on because they were forced to follow what President Snow would say. Every year the people would show up to the reaping because everybody else was and if they didn't show up with all the other citizens trouble would come their way. When Katniss volunteered for her sister at the reaping, she knew that she would be standing out from everybody else, because nobody else would have volunteered as tribute knowing what they would have to endure in the games.
Conformity; The Hunger Games
Fear; The Lottery
The Lottery was very fear based just like The Hunger Games. The towns people were afraid of their name, or a family members name being drawn because they knew if they had the slip with the black dot they would be killed. The person that ended up winning the lottery would be terrified to go through the pain of being stoned and seeing everyone gathered in a big circle around them ready to kill them. At the beginning when the little boys were collecting the rocks, fear would grow in the citizens as they witnessed stones being collected that could mean they're imminent death.
Choice; The Lottery
In this short story the people really didn't have true freedom or choice at all. The towns people had no say if their name was drawn and they had to be killed for sacrifice. The only person that really had a choice to put an end to the horrible tradition was Old man Warner, but he believed in the lottery and believed it would provide the town with good crops for the season. I believe choice did not have any part in this story because the people did not have a say in who would win the lottery, meaning who would die.
Animalistic instinct; The Lottery
I believe that instincts come's into play when a person feels like they are in some sort of danger or they are afraid. In The Lottery I think that most of the citizens believed in the purpose of the lottery but if their name was ever called they would not want to go through with it. When I saw that even the family members of the lottery winner were participating in the stoning, it reminded me of how animals with kill their newborns if something is wrong with them. The family members of the winners knew that they had to kill their family member in order for something good to happen. Another example, would be that when the lottery winner was picked their animalistic instincts heightened and they were trying to talk the others out of following through with the tradition. When an animal knows they are in danger they start to panic, trying to get out of the situation, similar to how Tessie Hutchinson was saying the draw had been unfair.
Conformity; The Lottery
An example of conformity in The Lottery, would be how the townspeople show up at the center of town for the lottery each year so that they fit in. If they did not show up they would be standing out from everyone else who did attend the event. When the Hutchinson family won, Tessie stood out by complaining about the fairness of the draw. Also, at the beginning of the story some people were talking about how many towns had eliminated their lottery. The town in the story was not conforming to what all the other towns were doing by keeping their tradition going.
When the reaping takes place in the hunger games the characters are very calm and collected even though their fate could be decided from the event. I'm guessing they are used to the reaping and how it works because the Hunger Games had been going on for such a long time. When Prim's name was called Katniss knew that she would have a much better chance surviving the games then her little sister would, so she volunteered for her. In the Lottery even though Tessie Huthinson's name was called her family did not volunteer to be killed as sacrifice in place of her. In the hunger games they drew two people from each district to compete in the games. The lottery on the other hand only drew one person that was guaranteed death. In the hunger games those chosen at least knew that they had a chance to live, unlike the lottery.
The characters in this story were calm at the beginning but moods changed when the paper slips were handed out. When the Hutchinson name won, Tessie was complaining about the draw. That's when I realized that the lottery was not a normal one that involved money. If the lottery was a draw to win money the people would not be complaining when their family name drew the slip with the black dot. When Tessie Hutchinson won, she seemed afraid but she knew what was going to happen to her so she was not the least bit confused.