What is the purpose of the novel The Hunger Games?
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Suzanne Collins explained part of her motivation for writing The Hunger Games in an interview with the New York Times:
In "The Hunger Games" Collins embraces her father's impulse to educate young people about the realities of war. "If we wait too long, what kind of expectation can we have?" she said. "We think we're sheltering them, but what we're doing is putting them at a disadvantage."
(Dominus, "Suzanne Collins's War Stories for Kids," nytimes.com)
Her point is that children need to be aware of both the motivations for, and the consequences of, war. Even a deliberately engineered conflict such as the Hunger Games themselves are a sort of war, designed to keep the population in line under the heel of the government. Without knowledge of the brutal tactics used by real-life dictatorships, children grow into adults without full awareness, ignoring real-world problems while focusing on smaller, less important issues. By showing younger readers the consequences of a brutal dictatorship, Collins expands their viewpoints and encourages the asking of tough questions in school.
To be more aware of war and to try to prevent it
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