What are the differences and similarities between the plot and setting of The Hunger Games and To Kill a Mockingbird?

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The hunger games is a novel directed towards young adults (teens) and takes place in the future. It gives a clear image of how society can fall into corruption and greed. It also shows how much power one person has to change things, despite being just one individual among millions. The author uses powerful techniques to get his point across, such as having Katniss make decisions that would be out of her character so that the reader will see where she is coming from. He also uses flashbacks to allow the reader to understand what Katniss is thinking throughout the book.

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To Kill a Mockingbird and The Hunger Games have some similarities.  They are both set in a small town.  The characters know little of the world beyond their town.  In To Kill a Mockingbird, the world outside of Maycomb isn't even discussed.  While Katniss does venture into the world outside District 12 in The Hunger Games, she is certainly unprepared for the differences she will see.  

Both characters are young children.  Scout is a few years younger than Katniss, but both main characters share the innocence and inexperience of youth.  Both characters are also faced with the harsh realities of life.  They are forced to grow up and find the strength to face difficult situations.

Both stories deal with great injustice.  Katniss is set to face this injustice herself while Scout must look on at the injustice done to another.  Both are living in a world with unfair legal systems and corrupt governments.  They each experience some form of persecution and witness great injustice both to themselves and to others.

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