In a society where the government has sanctioned a yearly night of anarchy titled, The Purge, citizens are supposed to rid themselves of built-up aggression and anger from throughout the year and experience a night without restraints of any laws or social norms tieing them down. For the rich and powerful, it is a night to look forward to, celebrated with fancy parties, well-equipped killing sprees, or night of relaxation in their well-protected homes. For the not so wealthy and privileged citizens, the narrative is quite different, as they are the main targets of violence. The film progresses through the course of purge night and the dynamics between a family and neighbors in a small neighborhood.
The dystopic aspects of The Purge are very much realistic and probable, as many parallels can be drawn between that society and modern American society. To point out the most obvious fact, the wealthy are well protected and their neighborhood is, for the most part, peaceful despite the one house of the main setting that makes the storyline. Those with more money are able to protect themselves better and provide the best security for their families while the homeless and poor are left completely unprotected and vulnerable. In American society, wealthier neighborhoods are generally safer, while not so wealthy areas tend to have more violence and petty crimes that occur on a day to day basis. From the movie, the homeless man allowed into the home of the main family we are observing is essentially left out to be a victim. While he is innocent and has no business with the wealthy college kids that are trying to attack him, his economic status and state of life make him a prime victim to the government’s program, The Purge, as the wealthy college kids pick a homeless person at random to celebrate their night and view it as doing good for the country. This concept of the movie shows the dystopic element of powerlessness and violence allowed by society. In America, those in poverty, who are often dependent on government aid, quickly become victims of any bad policies or laws that take effect. There is even sometimes a lack of care for those in poverty and many in poverty feel that this lack of attention/care is a conspiracy to let them die off and get them out of society, as it seems to look in The Purge.
Overall, the biggest point of power that the government gained by sanctioning this night is fear. I would also assume everyone operates in fear all year between each Purge night being as nice as possible. This would put people in a state of mental oppression because they will always have to “doublethink” and operate in two mindsets. People have to think to be a friend, and also to be a respected, liked person so they do not become a victim on Purge night.