With the release of the much-anticipated ‘Hunger Games‘ movie, media and people alike are taking about the reality brought forth by the best-selling novel.
I myself read the book long before it was decided upon to be made into a film. Along with the book be a thrilling read, it also made me think of the real life possibilities that it brought to light.
In the novel, the government has taken control of its citizens. Dividing what is now known as North America into the nation Panem which consists of 12 Districts and one Capitol. The country is formed after some apocalyptic event. Each district has its own responsibility, District 12 for example is in charge of mining coal.
As a punishment for a previous rebellion by the districts, in which District 13 was wiped out, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are chosen from each district as tributes in the annual Hunger Games. An event that is televised nation wide and makes its citizens watch. Only one tribute can win. It is a constant reminder by the wealthy Capitol, of who is in control.
When I reflect on the novel, I see what future reality it describes. Not that our country would go through some apocalyptic event to get to that point, we are already heading there now.
We currently are so enthralled with watching people on reality TV, fight and go after each other. It is not far off to think that the next is people wanting to see people actually fight. A real life death match broadcasted all over the world.
The other reality it discusses is the fact of the government growing very large and controlling its people under threat of destruction. A capitol that is inhabited only by the wealthy and elite, whose children are not involved in the games.
In our current day and age, the Hunger Games brings forth a reality that can be all too real if we let it happen. We must never let our own government become out of control, and not let our humanity be lost in reality TV by watching others fight for sport.
- The Hunger Games and The United States (thecollegeconservative.com)