What is a thematic statement for The Hunger Games? What are three pieces of evidence to support it?

The Hunger Games is about a group of children who are selected through a lottery to compete in the ultimate reality show where they have to fight to the death. The novel shows how human suffering and entertainment can be linked. One example of human suffering being entertaining is how viewers watch Katniss and Peeta's relationship grow despite knowing one of them must die. Another example is Cato's death. The Gamemakers give him a slow, gruesome, suffering death because it provides the most entertainment for the viewers.

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A theme statement needs to be a sentence. Maybe that sounds redundant, but often readers will give a theme as a single word. For example, some people might claim that a story's theme is "love." Love could be part of the theme, but "love" is a topic and can go...

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A theme statement needs to be a sentence. Maybe that sounds redundant, but often readers will give a theme as a single word. For example, some people might claim that a story's theme is "love." Love could be part of the theme, but "love" is a topic and can go multiple directions. The story could portray love as good or evil, and the theme statement will point that out.

The Hunger Games has a lot of available themes and topics, but one that I like examining is how the book shows human suffering and entertainment. The theme statement could be the following: "Human suffering is the ultimate entertainment."

Children are selected through a lottery process to compete in a no holds barred, fight to the death competition. Even the lottery itself is a form of human torture. A person knows their name is in the lottery "x" amount of times, and they have to suffer through the public selection process. The entire reaping process is treated like a big festive spectacle for the Capitol despite its morbid purpose.

You could argue that the relationship between Katniss and Peeta is also entertaining audiences with suffering. The audience believes that the relationship is doomed because one of them must die. Katniss and Peeta believe this too, so their growing friendship is both difficult to watch and entertaining. It's similar to why people watch drama-filled, romance-focused reality television shows. We love to see the train wreck of relationships that are coming.

A final example is Cato's death. It is slow and gruesome. The muttations could absolutely kill him quickly and efficiently. They could put him out of his misery, but the Gamemakers want to give the viewers the most prolonged, gruesome, suffering death possible. His suffering provides the most entertainment to the viewers.

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