What negative aspects of entertainment in our society does Suzanne Collins seem to be warning us about in The Hunger Games?

Expert Answers
schulzie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

1. Reality TV: we seem to find it entertaining to watch others struggle and have bad times. E.G. Cops, Survivor, Hoarders, Intervention. People watched the Hunger Games as if it were a TV program.

2. Violence: We have come to accept violence on TV and in movies as adding more excitement.  No one thinks of the possible consequences or the fact that someone was maimed or died.  Remember, each of these characters had to die!

3.Competition: Winning at all costs: People forgot their moral compass as to what is right and wrong and just wanted to win. Someone else's death brought joy to another group.

4. Appearance and lies: What Katniss and Peeta looked like and even their love affair was all staged for the audience.  None of it was real, but it was to the people watching

5. Manipulation: the hosts were able to portray the tributes any way they wished to make them more or less appealing.  From the interviews at the beginning of the games to the games themselves.

zumba96 | Student

It shows us how we've become as humans and as people and how we accept these in our life. The Hunger Games is a more gruesome terrible version of what we see on TV everyday. We have reality TV where others fail and others watch it mercilessly or those that include violence. We see shootings and when we see another one it gets brushed by too often because these has happened before. This is exactly what is going on except a much more bloody and gruesome version of it is the Hunger Games.