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Dystopian style novels often portray society at its worst, struggling with political, social, and environmental issues like corrupt or totalitarian regimes, dangerous misuse of technology, or amoral consumerism. Collins' depiction of Panem easily places The Hunger Games within the classification of a dystopian work of literature. The exposition, shown through Katniss' point of view reveals the disparity between the powerful Capitol and 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'" (18-19).
The brutal policies of the Capitol and their totalitarian control of the lesser districts reinforces the dystopian elements within Collins' novel. The Hunger Games portrays society at its worst, and while offering the story of Katniss and Peeta as well as characters like Rue and Gale, also gives readers the hope of a better future.
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