Inequality Of Power In The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

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In Suzanne Collins ' The Hunger Games, the Capitol serves as the nation of Panem 's government. By instituting a division of power, demonstrating their power, and establishing a police force, The Capitol 's ideals of a utopia became corrupt and, as a result, were transformed into an oppressive system of government. The Capitol, like most totalitarian governments, initially had pure intentions and wanted nothing more than to see their citizens prosper and flourish under their rule. It was only through the dishonorable actions of their leaders that caused the system to fail. Perhaps the ideals that embodied Panem were contorted in a way that all evidence of morality had been erased? The Capitol seems to have fundamental roots in morality and honesty, …show more content…
These sections, referred to as districts, are each given a particular function in society and benefits Panem in unique way, usually through supplying trade goods. This ideal of separation is instituted to provide each district with the supplies they need to thrive. While potentially idealistic, the districts clearly have an unequal balance of power. Career Districts are those that are geographically closer to the Capitol. These districts are often more wealthy than the other districts. Inequality of power can be seen inside the individual districts as well. Within districts, each citizen has a certain job. Jobs can range from low paying work, such as coal mining in District 12, or political offices that earn far more. While different jobs pay differently in almost every society, this would directly affect the reaping for the Hunger Games. The reaping is an annual ceremony in which each district pulls the name of a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 and 18 to participate in the Hunger Games. Every time a child asks for rations or a tessera as it is called in the districts, another copy of their name is added for the next reaping; this will

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