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The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games  - Suzanne  Collins Not as bad or as good as people had warned/enthused. A perfectly reasonable way to spend a day!Dystopian elements checklist:-New names for current geopolitical locations (The Districts, the Capital); -Forced propaganda consumption, often about vanquished foes ("The only time you can count on [electricity] is when they’re airing the Games or some important government message on television that it’s mandatory to watch.");-Constant surveillance ("I force myself to take deep, slow breaths, feeling quite certain the cameras are on my face. I can’t show weakness at this injury. Not if I want help.")-Being forced to hide true emotions due to aforementioned constant surveillance ("I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts. Do my work quietly in school. Make only polite small talk in the public market. Discuss little more than trades in the Hob, which is the black market where I make most of my money. Even at home, where I am less pleasant, I avoid discussing tricky topics. Like the reaping, or food shortages, or the Hunger Games. Prim might begin to repeat my words and then where would we be?")-Remaining true to yourself "inside" despite aforementioned hiding of true emotions ("'Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to . . . to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games,' says Peeta.'But you’re not,' I say. 'None of us are. That’s how the Games work.''Okay, but within that framework, there’s still you, there’s still me,' he insists. 'Don’t you see?')-Ironic government slogans ("Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor")-Scapegoat/victimize to consolidate power (The Games themselves)-Everyday resistance ("At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me. It is an old and rarely used gesture of our district, occasionally seen at funerals. It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love.")-Organized resistance (District 13)-Class structure, haves and have-nots (Districts v. Capitol; Seam v. merchants "…the glistening buildings in a rainbow of hues that tower into the air, the shiny cars that roll down the wide paved streets, the oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces who have never missed a meal.")-New vocabulary (Avox, Tributes, Careers, the Stockyard, Peacekeepers)-Remembering 'before' (allusions to implementation of Games due to rebellion)

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