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Why is The Hunger Games classified as a dystopian literature?

The Hunger Games is classified as dystopian literature because it deals with a frightening world controlled by a totalitarian government that severely limits the rights of its citizens. Therefore, a battle for freedom must be fought.

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The Hunger Games is a page-turning thriller featuring Katniss Everdeen as a strong heroine who ignites a spark to overturn her totalitarian government. She becomes known as the "Girl on Fire" because of her impact.

This novel contains the following features which are typical of dystopian literature:

Conformity: In Panem, citizens are forced to totally comply with their government's mandates, and the Peacekeepers are sent in to enforce the reach of the government's control in the districts. Katniss pushes back against this from the beginning, escaping the confines of District 12 to hunt for food for her hungry family. Her independent spirit both helps her win the Hunger Games and makes her a target of President Snow's fury.

Surveillance: Not only are the districts watched and monitored, but when she arrives at the Hunger Games, the killings are broadcast live, and all citizens are required to watch. If the games are going slower than expected, the Gamemakers create fires and other conflict to...

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zumba96 | Student

Yes it is. Dystopian literature is a society that is dehumanizing and unpleasant which is exactly what the Hunger Games are. Year after year kids to adults are reaped from each District fighting until their last breath to become the victor and the only victor of the Hunger Games which is made into an entertainment for others. 

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It is a dystopia...