The Hunger Games

Themes

Major themes of the novels include distrust of authority (of adults and the government), and feminism.[15] Social inequality, unaccountable governance and violence against children have also been suggested as prominent themes. "In the world of the 'Hunger Games', the Capitol lives a life of extravagant wealth and consumption. Meanwhile, out in the 'districts', millions of people work dangerous jobs with low pay. As the Capitol wallows in excess, the districts can barely afford to feed their children."[16] Author Suzanne Collins also mentions the themes of "just war", gladiatorial combat and hunger.[17] War as a result of climate disaster, and the power and illusions of television have also been cited as themes.[18] Others have mentioned revolution and rebellion as themes. "Although it’s... aimed at young adults, it presents potentially quite subversive ideas of mass revolution, economic sabotage and the populist fight against oligarchy."[19]


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