Hunger Games 1984 Total Control “ Taking kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch- this is the Capitols way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. “ “ The attack is now over. The Gamemakers don’t want me dead. Not yet anyway. Everyone knows they could destroy us all within seconds of the opening gang. The real sport of the Hunger Games is watching the tributes kill one another. Every so often, they do kill a tribute just to remind the players they can. “People simply disappeared, always during the night. Your name was removed from the registers, every record of everything you had done was wiped out, and your onetime existence was denied and then forgotten. You were abolished, annihilated: vaporized was the usual word.” “At the apex of the pyramid comes Big Brother. Big Brother is infallible and all- powerful. Every success, ever scientific discovery, all knowledge, all wisdom, all happiness, all virtue, are held to issue directly from his leadership and inspiration.”
Social Hierarchy Hunger Games 1984 Separation of Groups “ You can see why someone like Madge, who has never been at risk of needing a tessera, can set him off. The chance of her name being drawn is very slim compared to those of us who live in the Seam. Not impossible, but slim.” They make sure to let the people know who is wealthy, who is not. Separated by districts which are classified by wealth. Different classes within the main ones. “The other person was a man named O’Brien, a member of the Inner Party and holder of some post so important and remote that Winston had only a dim idea of its nature.” Have inner and outer party who are clearly at the top of society
Social Hierarchy Hunger Games 1984 Class cannot change within society. Whatever part of Oceania you are born into you stay that way. Always told it cant be changed to help protect the government. Set Social Standards “The exceptions are the kids from the wealthier districts, the volunteers, the ones who have been fed and trained throughout their lives for this moment. The tributes from 1, 2, and 4 traditionally have this look about them.” Once born into a district, you stay there. You stay wealthy or not wealthy. You inherit the occupation that your family has.
Human rights Hunger Games1984 Surveillance “The Gamemakers appeared early on the first day. Twenty or so men and women dressed in deep purple robes. They sit in the elevated stands that surround the gymnasium, sometimes wandering about to watch us, jotting down notes” “People file in silently and sign in. The reaping is a good opportunity for the Capitol to keep tabs on the population” “BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU”
Human rights Hunger Games “’Leave the district. Run off. Live in the woods. You and I, we could make it,’ says Gale.I don't know how to respond. ‘This idea is so preposterous. ’” 1984 “Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it” “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows” Freedom
Human rights Hunger Games “Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion.” 1984 "In the vast majority of cases there was no trial, no report of the arrest. People simply disappeared, always during the night” Value of Life
Fear Hunger Games 1984 “The Thought Police would get him just the same. He had committed-would still have committed, even if he had never set pen to paper- the essential crime that contained all others in itself. Thoughtcrime, they called it. Thoughtcrime was not a thing that can be concealed forever. You might dodge successfully for a while, even years, but sooner or later they were bound to get you” (Orwell 19). When an individual commits a crime against Big Brother, Thoughtcrime, sooner or later they would be caught by the Thought Police. Fear is what overcomes people who are captured by the Thought Police. In Hunger Games, one fears for their life because of the chance of being killed at the hands of another child. Family devotion only goes so far for most people on reaping day. What I did was the radical thing.” Katniss had no choice but to participate in the Hunger Games. Her little sister had been called up and she would have never survived; Katniss volunteered to participate only because she couldn’t stand the thought of losing her sister. Katniss has the hunting experience which would become vital if she was starving, but she knows that there is always the chance that she won’t win, that one of the careers will kill her early on in the games and that she will become another lost soul, victim to the Capitol’s authoritative supremacy.
Fear Hunger Games 1984 “ He had the feeling he could get inside it, and in that fact he was inside it, along with the mahogany bed and the gateleg table and the clock and the steel engraving and the paperweight itself. The paperweight was the room he was in, and the coral as Julia’s life and his own, fixed in a sort of eternity at the heart of the crystal.” Winston is experiencing true love as he sleeps next to Julia. He wants to get away from the worries of living in a society where loving another person and having interactions with them is illegal. Though it isn’t quite the same case in Hunger Games, Katniss at times wishes that she can “close the curtains” to show her affection for Peeta. “Then I’ll just have to fill in the blanks myself,” he says, and moves in to me. This is the first kiss that we’re both fully aware of. Neither of us hobbled by sickness or pain or simply unconscious. Our lips neither burning with fever or icy cold. This is the first kiss where I actually feel stirring inside my chest. Warm and curious. This is the first kiss that makes me want another.” “Maybe I did it for myself, Peeta, did you ever think of that? Maybe you aren’t the only one who... who worries about... what it would be like if...’ I fumble. I’m not as smooth with words as Peeta. And while I was talking, the idea of actually losing Peeta hit me again and I realized how much I don’t want him to die." Katniss is actually feeling love for the first time with Peeta. She realizes how much she really cares about Peeta, how she wants him to survive the Hunger Games with her, to have both of them emerge victorious at the end. She feels actual love after her “artificial” love that she needed to show Peeta for District 12 to get sponsors for the Hunger Games.
Fear Hunger Games 1984 "If the Party could thrust its hand into the past and say this or that event, it never happened-that, surely, was more terrifying than mere torture and death" (Orwell 34). Big Brother can change history to his liking and then everyone would have to believe it whether it actually happened or not. When a government has this sort of power which rules over all others, fear is felt throughout every person who is under their control. In Hunger Games, the Capitol infuses fear into the Districts by forcing them to send two of the children from each District to participate in a games where they have to kill each other to survive. This is the Capitol’s way of reminding the Districts that they cannot overcome the power of the Capitol and that the Districts are at their mercy. “Listen up. You’re in trouble. Word is the Capitol is furious about you showing them up in the arena. The one thing they can’t stand is being laughed at and they’re the joke of Panem.” The Capitol had always been a powerful, but when Katniss and Peeta try to kill themselves and the Capitol had to end the games before they committed suicide, they were infuriated because it made them look weak, look like they had pity, look like they could be rebelled against. Katniss had never feared that she would start a controversy such as this, but she has always feared of what would happen if she upset the Capitol and whether the result would be the death of her parents or of District 12 as a whole.
Isolation Hunger Games In classes/districts knowledge 1984 Isolation of individuality
Isolation Hunger Games “I’ve never been on a train, as travel between the districts is forbidden except for officially sanctioned duties” (Collins 41) In the nation of Panem, districts are isolated pieces of land responsible for themselves and themselves only. Travel between them is forbidden unless authorized by the Capitol which shows the feelings of Panem towards its districts and how they should interact. The districts themselves are isolated from the others, as a result the people of the district become isolated as well. 1984 “But even that was a memorable event, in the locked loneliness in which one had to live”(Orwell 18) While Oceania is not divided into individual states itself, the people living in it live in isolation from each other. In Oceania, any interaction with another person might be regarded as thoughtcrime and if not that then the person was certainly be under the watchful eyes of the Party. While Oceania is not divided into individual isolated districts, as is the case in Hunger Games, the people are isolated from one another. They are not isolated for physical reasons;they are isolated because of the Party and the control they assert on the people Isolation of Districts/classes
Isolation Hunger Games “Kids from wealthier districts, where winning is a huge honor, who’ve trained their whole lives for this” (Collins 36) The kids of wealthier districts are exposed to better training methods because the knowledge is available unlike in the poorer districts like district 12. The wealthier kids have been trained with the knowledge of combat for most of their lives, thus enabling them to potentially win the hunger games and win wonderful prizes for their districts. While the districts with a limited range of knowledge are consistently dissapinting in the annual hunger games, they could gain power if they were aware of the knowledge they are being deprived of. Other districts do not need to hunt for their food every day the way Katniss does because they have the necessary advancements to live a proper life. 1984 “If there is hope, it lies in the proles. If they could become conscious of their own strength, they would have no need to conspire. History does not matter to them.” Even thought the proles make up most of the population of Oceania, they are isolated from the knowledge that enables them to take a stand against the Party. If the proles were not isolated from this knowledge of their own strength, Winston believes the proles will free the people from the Party. In Hunger Games, the poorer districts are also isolated from the knowledge that could create a shift in power. In both novels, the districts or social classes that are not restricted of knowledge have more power and control over those with an isolated range of intelligence Isolation of knowledge
Isolation Hunger Games “For the opening ceremonies, you’re supposed to wear something that suggests your district’s principal industry” (Collins 66) When the sacrifices of the hunger games are prepared for their almost secured deaths, they must be dressed in clothing that represents the district’s main source of income. Last year the contestants from District 12 were stark naked and covered with coal dust. The designers took away their individuality from them even thought they think they are making the sacrifices look beautiful. The contestants are the test subjects of the designers; they cannot disapprove, but they can stand there and take everything being thrown at them. 1984 “There will be no loyalty, except loyalty towards the Party. There will be no love, except the love of Big Brother. There will be no laughter, except the laugh of triumph over a defeated enemy. There will be no art, no literature, no science. When we are omnipotent there will be no need of science. There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no enjoyment of the process of life” The Party’s aim is to eliminate all individuality from its people to facilitate its process of making Oceania one hundred percent theirs. The Party believes that if individuality is eliminated then no one will think differently or think about rebelling, nobody will question the decisions of the Party, and everything will be smooth sailing for the Party. Isolation from individuality