What are some of the central themes in The Hunger Games and how were they developed? Remember, a theme is an obsservation about human tendencies or human nature. A theme is a complete sentence; a...

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The Hunger Games addresses the theme of totalitarian power and control through the abusive reign of Panem over the districts.  The Games themselves send a strong reminder of the Capitol's dominating hold over the Districts:

"Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch--this is the Capitol's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. [...] Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. 'Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there's nothing you can do'" (Collins 18-19).

Collins characterizes President Snow and the Capitol as being ruthless, using fear, intimidation, and propaganda to maintain Panem's control over the districts.  Collins uses the disparity between the Capitol and the districts to address the dangers of government control, as well as to focus on issues like human rights and equality.  Ultimately, The Hunger Games sends a convicting message concerning the dangers of allowing government too much power. 


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