Hunger Games Ethics Analysis

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How is it that in a society with such wealth, there is such grave poverty? If you were wondering which society the question was referring to, Panem or the U.S., this draws a great point on the status of our own economic system. In the Hunger Games, the stark difference between the poor and the wealthy, along with how the economics of Panem operate, creates a great divide between the Capitol and the districts; through ethical analysis, we will examine the divide and what it is included. Using Immanuel Kant’s ethics, we see that everything the Capitol does to the districts is wrong, and provides a small piece of the wedge between the districts and the Capitol. Going by Kant’s idea that if a person is not okay with the rest of the world doing …show more content…
Multiple times throughout the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, Katniss talks about how lavish their food is compared to her home food. She’s mapped out how to replicate the meals, and often she would have to find alternatives for basic meats like chicken, or vegetables. She even mentions that the meals would take days to prepare for if she were to make it in District 12 (HG pg 55) But the drastic difference is apparent when Katniss and Peeta go to the Capitol ball. Seeing all the food there urged Katniss to eat until she was absolutely, happily stuffed, but seeing how the Capitol wasted food by having the citizens forcibly throw it up in order to eat more made Katniss ashamed of herself and the people around her (CF pg 37). There are districts starving, but the Capitol is wasting food for their own benefit, without thinking of anyone else that could benefit from …show more content…
There has to be a resistance, one force that opposes the Capitol. Just like Gale urged in Mockingjay, there is a good side and a bad side, and no turning back; this is evident even in our own world (Mockingjay, pg185).
In the Hunger Games, there is such a drastic gap between the wealthy and the poor, and it serves as a mirror to the gap that exists in the U.S.
Knowing that humans have a habit of putting themselves in the best position of possible, we know that everyone would pick being wealthy over being poor. But this situation would give the opportunity to put the wealthy people into the poor’s shoes, and hopefully once they step out of the situation, they can see that the wealth is not as equally distributed as they may have thought. It is difficult to see things that are wrong in the world when you are focused on your own gain.
In Roger Thurow’s article “Enough,” even just the first chapter’s title, “Good for the Goose, Band for the Gander,” displays the exact problem that plagues both Panem and the U.S. (Thurow). Everything that the districts work for directly benefits the Capitol, but none of the districts benefit from the Capitol in the same way. The goose is the Capitol, the gander being the

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