Morality And Fear In The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins

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“Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here” Marianne Williamson. The fear of the world didn't just come out of nowhere, fear came from a source and the source of the fear came from the people. Author; Suzanne Collins takes on this heavy topic that “fear is learned” in her book The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is a book that foreplays a government that picks kids age 12-18 from 12 districts and sends them to an arena to kill each other. Collins originally wrote the book to inform the society that humanity is slowly becoming desensitized to violence. In the book, Collins uses an allegory to strictly criticize: society, human behaviour, and fear. She oftenly promotes the question: “How does fear change a man?”. Well, society …show more content…
When fear takes root in situations, humanity is forced to answer and act upon our morality. In this way morality and fear are connected. For instance when Katniss narrates the sentence: “I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do that there is a part of every tribute they can't own.” (Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic 9/14/08 Print) This quote takes place in the scene where Rue (a 12 yr old tribute) has just died, and to avenge her death Katniss places flowers around her body. This act becomes a target of rebellion because Katniss is telling the capital that she isn't afraid to stand up for what she believes in. This quote connects to fear because when Katniss says she wants to “show the capitol that whatever they do or force us to do that there is a part of every tribute they can’t own.” (Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. Scholastic 9/14/08 Print) Katniss is trying to say that no matter how hard the capitol tries to scare them into killing each other there will always be the that piece of remorse or emotion that the capitol cant scare away. Humanity’s morality will step in whenever fear is present. In this case, Katniss decided to place the flowers to avenge Rue, but it wasn't just …show more content…
In the hunger Games every single character is for themselves there may be alliances here and there but in the end they all expect to kill one another. The hunger games has proven that when it comes down to a life or death situation, it doesn't matter who you are im looking out for myself right now. In the whole book no one other than Rue, Cinna, Katniss, and Peeta has done something right for another person. All the tributes are scared and that pushes them to actually kill. If the tributes weren't afraid and morality had won the war none of them would have killed each other and they would’ve let natural forces wipe them out, but that's sadly not the case. Real life situations such as; shooting a burglar with a gun to protect family is wrong but it can be justified as right. The fear of a burguralar taking one’s family away overcomes man’s senses, in this case fear has one yet again.Therefore fear isn't easy to overcome. Regardless fear will always be there. Altogether the world is a mess of fear and every example needed to justify is shortened

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