Compare and contrast the dystopian worlds portrayed in The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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Similarities between Collins'The Hunger Gamesand Huxley'sBrave New Worldinclude themes like societal control by the government, the use of current technology for the time it was written, and exploratory interpersonal relationships between main characters. Where these two stories are different is by how they portray these three aforementioned themes.  For example, with the government controlling society, Collins has her government intimidate through poverty and the games that pit different social classes' children against each other to the death. However, Huxley's world controls its people through happiness obtained through instant gratification, genetic engineering, and drugs called Soma. Collins' world seems frightening and full of suffering; whereas Huxley's world, although manipulative in its own right, uses happiness to control its people. The question arises as to which is the better way to control people; is the best control maintained through pleasure or pain?


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