Study Guide

The Hunger Games Themes

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Power

Versions of Reality

Identity

Society and Class

Love

Strength and Skill

Appearances

Politics

Competition

Sacrifice

Themes of The Hunger Games Explained

Dwelling on concepts of power, society and class, politics, and not-so-friendly competition, The Hunger Games themes underscore the political strife and problems of a dystopian, futuristic society.

What Do The Hunger Games Themes Mean?

Katniss Everdeen, the girl on fire herself, is put in a difficult position when she takes the place of her sister in the 74th Hunger Games. Originally started as a political ploy for the district’s youth to battle for class status and wealth, the game itself has turned to more of a performance for the benefit of the privileged elite rather than a structure for societal gains.

For a more in-depth look at the underlying themes of The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collin’s first book of the series, explore the topics listed above.

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