The Hunger Games And 1984 Comparison

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Most people find dystopian novels uninteresting and repetitive: They follow the basic formula of an individualistic protagonist attempting to save his or her people from the suffocation of a too controlling society. This judgment of dystopian novels all having the same format is not false at all. However, just because books have the same underlying structure it does not mean that they all relay the same message to their readers. As a matter of fact, some dystopian novels can be a foretelling of the future, a warning, or even a symbol of hope. For example, authors George Orwell and Suzanne Collins wrote dystopian novels, but they each have a different purpose in mind. Both George Orwell’s 1984 and Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games depict…show more content…
In 1984, “an oblong metal plaque (telescreen)” (Orwell, 2000, p. 6) monitored the people of Oceania 24/7. They lived their lives with a constant reminder that they have lost their privacy. Similarly, in The Hunger Games, the tributes of the districts of Panem were placed in an unfamiliar place filled with hidden cameras that observed their every action (Collins, 2008). Both the people in Oceania and the people in Panem were not only observed but also kept in check by some kind of special forces. The Though Police eliminated anyone in Oceania that showed any sign of resentment towards Big Brother, while the Peacekeepers in Panem also watched the people and took care of the rebels. In both novels, a ruling party or group administered all the monitoring: Big Brother’s Party in Oceania and the Capitol in Panem. The people of Oceania and Panem did much freedom to pursue things they wanted, because they were always scared that the government would find out and punish them. The terrible fate of the governed showed the undesirable effects of totalitarianism in society that were both evident in 1984 and The Hunger Games. The pressure of being under surveillance all the time can mess with the psyche of the people and thus reveal some insight on human nature whether it is good or

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