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The Hunger Games Themes

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Versions of Reality


Society and Class


Strength and Skill





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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