In the novel, The Hunger Games, what is an example from the book of how this is about oppression?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the novel, The Hunger Games, the oppression of the people is very clear.  The government is still punishing the people by reminding them every year that rebellion against the government is wrong, doing this by holding the games where children from each of the districts fight to the death.  The districts must select someone, knowing that only one of those sent will live. The districts are reminded that district 13 is completely gone, destroyed because of rebellion. When any sign of defiance shows up in the monitoring by the government, it is swiftly put down. The goverment controls the means of communication, the access to resources for survival, and the constant pressure of knowing that each year the Hunger Games will come again, and many will die in public view on the monitors. All of these equate with oppression of the people.

yamaguchit | Student

Oppression in the novelThe Hunger Games is quite clear to see. The citizens of different regions are mostly all oppressed. They are living under these awful conditions where the government is not only over controlling, but extremely corrupt as well. To summon various individuals among the regions and pit them up against each other in a fight to the death, is not only oppressing each individual who must participate, it is also doing so to the families of friends of them. It is not ethically right, to keep these societies in poverty, while the government clearly favors the higher class. Obviously since this is a fictional book, a government like this will hopefully never operate with such processes. For if they were to, then inequality in the world would be even greater than it already is.