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How is the short story "The Lottery" similar to The Hunger Games.

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khawar97 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM via web

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How is the short story "The Lottery" similar to The Hunger Games.

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mizzwillie | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted January 23, 2012 at 12:55 PM (Answer #1)

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Several similarities exist between the short story, "The Lottery" and the novel, The Hunger Games.  In both stories, the main character questions the reasons for the continuing deaths each year and the purpose of allowing the lottery or game to continue. In a way, both Tessie and Katniss are rebellious towards the demands of the government and the negative event required of the villages each year. Tessie complains while Katniss acts, but each resents the government intrusion into village life. In each story the government is demanding someone's death as the punishment or the appeasement of the ruling group.  While set in completely different eras, the feelings of frustration and anger on the part of the villagers are evident in both stories.

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