Essay Comparing Lord Of The Flies And The Hunger Games

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Although Lord of the Flies and The Hunger Games deal with different circumstances and different situations, both books exhibit similar ideas such as the loss of innocence, importance of appearance, leadership and similar characterisations. Katniss and Ralph share many similarities as both characters are thrust into violent circumstances beyond their control; both characters find themselves isolated in a wilderness with other children. The island in Lord of the Flies and the arena in The Hunger Games leave the children exposed to harsh deadly elements, where they must fend for their own survival. Neither of them really wanted the responsibility of leadership or knew what the future could bring, but they both threw themselves into it to protect…show more content…
Each individual is pampered and made to look their best so that they can make the best impression and have the most support. Katniss, a former hayseed must now be concerned with how people in the cosmopolitan Capitol perceive her. As such, she is assigned a whole team of beauty technicians and a fabulous stylist who helps her carefully craft the perfect look for all the Hunger Games televised events. She comes out as “The girl on fire” making probably the best impression yet. Appearance is also very important in the actual Hunger Games. A good example is when Katniss chooses not to cry because it will make her seem weak, “When they televise the replay of the reaping tonight, everyone will make note of my tears, and I’ll be marked as an easy target. A weakling. I will give no one that satisfaction.” Appearance may also be used as a strategy to attract certain public image, “Peeta Mellark, on the other hand, has obviously been crying and interestingly does not seem to be trying to cover it up. I immediately wonder if this will be his strategy in the Games. To appear weak and frightened, to reassure the other tributes that he is no competition at all, and then come out

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