What is a dystopia?

1-Sentence Definition

A place that is corrupted and people are unhappy.

I have watched movies such as The Matrix, Platform, and The Hunger Games. A particular example of a dystopian society is displayed in The Hunger Games series. Every year in the ruins of what was once North America, the Capitol of the nation of Panem forces each of its twelve districts to send a teenage boy and girl to compete in the Hunger Games. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen volunteers in her younger sister’s place and must rely upon her sharp instincts when she’s pitted against highly-trained Tributes who have prepared their entire lives. She must make impossible choices in the arena that weigh survival against humanity and life against love.

   In the Hunger Games, the citizens of the districts all live terrible lives where they always must fear – the peacekeepers, the Capitol, the games, and their own neighbors. It sheds light upon a frightening dystopian society that is controlled by the government that severely limits the rights of its citizens. Because the Capitol holds most of Panem’s wealth, the government there is able to control the people in all of the districts across Panem. The Hunger Games, then, are the ultimate display of the government’s power and were designed to warn the population against rebellion. Consumerism and violence of capitalist society, its money-making purpose cannot be ignored even though the Hunger Games offers an obvious critique of exploitation. The Hunger Games definitely criticizes American society through the themes of fear, oppression, and revolution.  

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