The dystopian novel, The Hunger Games, is written by Suzanne Collins.
It is told from the perspective of a teenage girl, Katniss Everdeen, who is forced into a frightening competition to fight for her life. She lives in the nation of Panem, which is broken up into different districts and strongly controlled by the Capitol. Every year, there is a reaping, where one boy and one girl from each of the thirteen districts are randomly chosen to join the annual Hunger Games.
They are then placed into an arena to kill each other, while it is broadcasted live for the wealthy people of the Capitol to watch for their own entertainment. It is designed for only one person to win, and they are rewarded with food and other necessities, which is a big deal considering how poor the districts are compared to the people in the Capitol. It is very clear that the people of the Capitol see the district people as worthless pieces of entertainment. The themes and the character developments of this novel prove that the people of the districts are much more than that, and that they deserve a much better lifestyle.The most apparent themes of this novel are power and sacrifice. The totalitarian government of the Capitol without a doubt has all of the power in this society. It is quite obvious that the Hunger Games were created by the capitol for more than just entertainment.
The games keep the district people fighting each other, so that they don’t think about fighting or rebelling against the Capitol. Although the Capitol only sees them as game pieces, they prove to be more than that. The people of District 12, Katniss and Peeta’s district, give an important gesture to salute Katniss after she saves her sister and volunteers to be in the Hunger Games. “At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me… It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love” stated on Page 24.
This gesture unites the people of District 12 and symbolizes their honor and support for her, rather than for the capitol. The theme of sacrifice within this novel adds on to the idea of the district people being humans with feelings, unlike what the Capitol thinks. The contestants of the Hunger Games are constantly making sacrifices for themselves and for each other.