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Copy of Dystopia in The Hunger Games

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Sharon McMullen

on 14 November 2013

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Transcript of Copy of Dystopia in The Hunger Games

A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.

Start with a Utopian society.

A utopian society is a place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions.
Dystopian Characteristics
Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
• Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
• A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
• Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
• Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
• Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
• The natural world is banished and distrusted.
• Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
• The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
The Dystopian Protagonist
• often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.
• questions the existing social and political systems.
• believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives.
• helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.
Dystopia in "The Hunger Games"
Every year, the 12 Districts of Panem are forced to give up two of their children, one male and one female, between the ages of 12-18 to fight to the death.
Underneath, a rebellion is developing.
On the surface, everything appears normal.
Dystopian Films
Controlled by Government
Truman Show
Rise of the Planet of the Apes
Fahrenheit 451
V for Vendetta
Controlled by Technology
Controlled by the Illusion of Perfection
The Matrix
I, Robot
What category does 'The Hunger Games' fit?
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'The Hunger Games' is a story of the people controlled and kept in fear by their government - the 'Games' being a yearly reminder of what will happen if they try to rebel again.
Welcome to the Hunger Games. And may the odds be ever in your favor!
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