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Compare and contrast the themes of The Hunger Games and To Kill a Mockingbird

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Compare and contrast the themes of The Hunger Games and To Kill a Mockingbird

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mrsbundy | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 24, 2011 at 3:54 AM (Answer #1)

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Many of the themes contained in both of these books center around justice and its inverse--injustice.  In To Kill a Mockingbird, it should be clear that African Americans are considered to be of a lower social class than whites.  However, the central family in the story (the Finches) sees people.  The other people in the town in which they live are blinded by racial differences.  In The Hunger Games, so too are the citizens of District 1 blinded by social differences.  Instead of being blinded by race in this book, the people who live in the Districts closest to the capital look down on those who live in the outlying districts.

In both books, people with the most power tend to discriminate against and marginalize those with less power.  They do this for several reasons, but the main one is to maintain the status quo, and therefore ensure that their way of life will continue.

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