Hunger Games Censorship

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Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”. In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, what used to be North America is now the country of Panem which consists of a rich Capitol and twelve other districts. As a punishment for past rebellion by the districts, the Capitol forces each district to give a male and female teenager to fight to the death in what is called the Hunger Games, while all of Panem is forced to watch on television. Katniss Everdeen volunteers as tribute when her sister is chosen as the female tribute for the games. Krishnamurti is trying to warn of us the same dangers of society that Collins is; if we conform to a society that is doing wrong, that makes us no better than those who have made it that way. Collins is undoubtedly trying to warn us about the future of our country by making connections between Panem and America but the ones that are most profound are the overwhelming obsession with violence, the connection between the games and reality TV and …show more content…
They watch 24 teenagers brutally fight to the death every year for pure entertainment. In fact, it’s the highlight of their year. They live for these few sacred weeks of non stop bloodshed. The bloodier, the better. There is a part in the end of the games when Katniss and Peeta are lying awake listening to the gruesome sound of their fellow tribute, Cato, being slowly and mercilessly get torn limb from limb by a pack of crazed human-dog like creatures called Muttations, as Katniss recalls, “’Why don’t they just kill him?’ I ask Peeta. ‘You know why’, he says… And I do. No viewer could turn away from the show now” (Collins 339). To the people of the Capitol, the Hunger Games really is just a fun show. While a mother is watching her child get shredded alive, limb from limb, in agonizing pain, the people of the Capitol are just happy things are finally heating

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