October 16, 2013
The Hunger Games The Hunger Games, written by Suzanne Collins, is set in a dystopian country called Panem. This country is split up into twelve districts, and the districts are lead by the Capitol. Annually, the Capitol forces children of the districts to fight in the Hunger Games until only one child is left alive. The Capitol uses the games to show their power and to discourage the people of Panem to start another war. The games are very entertaining to the people of the Capitol, and the whole country is required to watch on television. Even though this seems unusual to enjoy watching children fight to their death, this idea has been around for thousands of years.
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In both cultures, there were mixed emotions amongst the contestants and gladiators. In some districts, the children were trained their whole lives to fight in the Hunger Games and win. These people were called Career Tributes and would volunteer at the time that the children were chosen to fight in the games. (Collins) Gladiators in ancient Rome were also bought as young children and trained their whole lives to fight in these games. These are some of the few contestants that glorified the games and tried their hardest to win and bring honor to their home district or household. (Augustus) In contrast to those who felt they needed to win for glory, there were also gladiators and contestants that had to play in the games unwillingly. The contestants that didn’t volunteer were chosen randomly. They did not want to be in the Games and had to fight for their lives against the careers. (Collins) Some gladiators were forced to be in the games and also had to fight for their lives. Ancient Rome’s way of training their gladiators had an impact on the way Collins writes about the contestants in The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games and ancient Rome had many similarities and this shapes the way the novel was written. Some of the similarities include how the powerful in each culture ran the games, how some contestants and gladiators were chosen to be in the games unwillingly, how important these games were to the entire nation, all the