Hunger Games 1984 Analysis

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The Hunger Games versus 1984
Many dystopian novels portraying alternate universes with authoritarian governments exist for fiction lovers to read. In 1949, George Orwell published the original such a novel, 1984. The novel depicted a war and poverty infested world controlled completely by Big Brother and the Inner Party. Following its successful release, many additional authors began to also write dystopian novels, many of which paralleled the undertones of 1984. One of these novels, The Hunger Games, depicted a post-war nation ruled by a totalitarian government that divided its nation into 12 districts that each completed distinct tasks for the government. The Hunger Games and 1984 share many similarities in their core elements, plot, and characters. Specific parallel themes include the authority over the people, the rebellious characterization of the protagonist, and the large divide between the rich and the poor. Authority depicts the first parallel theme between the two novels. In both novels, some sort of overarching power had complete control over the lower-standing citizens. In The Hunger Games, the government stationed Peacekeepers, the
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These people lived in sumptuous apartments and worked closely with the government as the heads of the four Ministries. They enjoyed exclusive privileges, such as having the option to turn off their telescreen; buying sugar, bread, and coffee; and wearing makeup. Conversely, the proles lived in extreme poverty. They wore raggedy, torn clothes and live in rundown and previously bombed Victorian houses. They received little education or food and were destined to a life of exhausting manual labor. From lack of proper showers, filth and grime stained their bodies and a permanent stench followed them. The contrasting differences in housing, clothing, wealth, and privileges paints terribly divergent and classed societies in both these dystopian

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