The Hunger Games Questions and Answers
by Suzanne Collins

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Which utopian and dystopian elements can be found in The Hunger Games? What are similarities and differences between The Hunger Games and reality TV shows?

Utopian elements that can be found in The Hunger Games include the luxury and relative freedom enjoyed by citizens of the Capitol and the rewards enjoyed by the victors of their Games and their families. Dystopian elements include the poverty and oppression of the people in many districts and the government's control of the people through methods such as the Hunger Games.

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The society in The Hunger Games trilogy is depicted as predominantly a dystopian society with a totalitarian government, with only a couple minor examples of utopian society. The country called Panam, is divided into 12 districts, each responsible for producing specific resources, most of which go to the Capitol (government headquarters). For example, District 12 produces coal, because where they are located, the land is abundant in this rock.
How do we know this? Well, a dystopian society is defined by several characteristics:


  • People are oppressed, poor, starving, terrorized by the government or police (or higher sources), and lack many freedoms (speech, independence, and access to information, etc.
  • Nature is not trusted and avoided
  • Government controls many aspects of society: technology, religion, education, manufacturing, etc.

A totalitarian government looks like this:

  • Has complete control of society by enforcing rules with horrific consequences for breaking one
  • Control’s society by...

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