Essay on The Hunger Games Versus 1984

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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 equivalent of a police officer in modern society, in every district to rule absolutely. The duties of these government officials included overseeing trading hubs, quashing rebellious outbreaks, and showing excessive force at every public event. The Peacekeepers employed only violence to carry out their professional…

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