Comparison Of Omelas And The Hunger Games

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Have you ever wondered what the author was trying to say in a dystopian novel or short story, or how it is related to modern-day society? It may be difficult to read between the lines in some dystopian texts. In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, a male and female from ages twelve to eighteen are chosen to fight until there is only one person standing. Katniss and Peeta beat the odds by out thinking the Capitol. In The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula Le Guin, the happiness of Omelas depends on a child’s suffering. Between The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula Le Guin, The Hunger Games does a better job at getting its point across by explaining how the Capitol is controlling and only…show more content…
Panem consisted of thirteen districts The thirteenth district was destroyed after they rebelled against the Capitol. All the districts have assigned duties they have to do for the Capitol. For example, District twelve is the coal mining district, but they are not allowed to keep the coal. It is like that in every other district in Panem as well. Because the Capitol is all-powerful, everyone there are inconceivably wealthy compared to the rest of the country. The Capitol is vibrant, wealthy, and extremely extravagant, “...the magnificence of the glistening buildings in a rainbow of hues that tower into the air, the shiny cars that roll down the wide paved streets, the oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces who have never missed a meal”(59). This accurately shows their wealth because their main focus is on their appearance instead of when their next meal will be. The setting of the Capitol seems perfect compared to the rest of Panem. There are not any signs of struggle in the Capitol as the districts of Panem; when they are in the same country. At the beginning of The Hunger Games, Katniss complains about how dreadful the Capitol is, but it is not until later on in the book that we start to actually see that the Capitol is not as perfect as it may seem. Panem is similar to society because they have a powerful…show more content…
She is a hero to Prim because if she did not volunteer for Prim, she would have died. Katniss also changed the games with her great idea, when she and Peeta tricked the Capitol into thinking that they were going to kill themselves. Katniss is a thinker and she noticed how selfish the Capitol was. Peeta is another character in The Hunger Games that was a thinker and he was also the male tribute from district twelve, “ ‘because...because...she came here with me’ ”(130). This causes the Capitol to believe they were star-crossed lovers and it got them more sponsors. These characters are believable and compelling because there are people in our society that would lie in order to survive or would die for someone they love. The neglected child from Omelas is a compelling character because it was the glue that held the city together, “some of them understand why, and some do not, but they all understand that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of their makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weather of their skies, depend wholly on this child’s abominable misery,” ( 3). This explanation indicates how deranged the people of Omelas are because that child’s suffering is so significant to everything that makes Omelas prosperous. If that child did not

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