The Hunger Games
We get it: Jennifer Lawrence is awesome. We think so, too. That being said, we wouldn't actually want to see her killing other kids in a bloodthirsty sociopolitical spectacle, so what makes things different in Panem?
|21st-Century Literature||21st-Century American Literature|
|American Literature||21st-Century American Literature|
All American Literature
|Author||Collins - Suzanne Collins|
Society and Class
Versions of Reality
Though it may seem to us like our society could never sink to such depths...
...we wonder... could it? We don't exactly have the most refined standards for entertainment
in this country. And when it comes to reality TV... come on--
you know you've watched the stuff. Maybe not hardcore reality programming, like
Mob Wives or Bridalplasty... But the simple truth is that there is some
sick part of us that likes to see someone suffer a complete breakdown.
Because hey, at least it isn't us! Of course, the flip side of that coin is that
we also have a chance to see someone succeed against nearly impossible odds.
We are also big fans of elimination-style competition. Look at any sport's playoff structure...
...or how the winners of a talent show are determined...
...or even how our presidential elections are decided.
It's riveting stuff... ...and it seems that an elimination-style
competition with life-or-death stakes might be right up our alley.
But could we really get over the idea of kids killing kids?
Even the spoiled ones, who could maybe benefit from a couple days in the arena?
Rome had a similar sport played in their Coliseum. Gladiator fights were the entertainment of
their day. ...but that was like thousands of years ago,
right? Well today, we do love many forms of competition
in the US.
...but it's doubtful we as a people would ever go back to those Roman times. Back when
we were willing to string up a bunch of young 'uns just to get our fix.
Right? What's your take? How brutal will reality
television get in the future? Shmoop amongst yourselves.