January 15, 2018
Building a functioning world involves creating an unreal place with internal knowledge. Dystopian authors usually create unreal worlds which can either fail or flourish depending on how far stretched it is from reality. Suzanne Collins, the author of The Hunger Games definitely made her world unique and in some aspects it fails and in others it flourishes. The world in The Hunger Games fails because the Hunger Games have ran smoothly until now, and nobody reveled against this horrendous man slaughter, but it flourishes in creating districts and the concept of how everything isn’t fair.
First of all the world fails because of the lack of chaos during any of the previous Hunger Games. It’s ridiculous how everyone is powerless against the reaping. In The Hunger Games Katniss said, “I protect Prim in every way I can but I’m powerless against the reaping.” (Pg 15). This shows how Katniss thinks that she’s powerless against the reaping but she actually isn’t. There are many people in the district and they could get together and revolt but nothing like that is shown in the history of the Hunger Games. In the novel it states, “If you lift a finger we will destroy every last one of you, just as we did in District 13.” (Pg 19). A government can’t just destroy a whole District like that. That’s thousands of people dead right there which doesn’t benefit anybody. Everyone getting together can overthrow the government and in fact it has happened many times in history. There is no way that a government is able to kill everybody in their path so either they will have to surrender, get killed or compromise. In Philip Dick’s “How to Built a Universe that Doesn’t Fall Apart in Two Days” speech he said, “I do like to build universe’s that do fall apart. I like to see them come unglued, I like to see how the characters in the novel cope with the problem. I have a secret love of chaos. There should be more of it. Do not believe— and I am dead serious when I say this— order and stability are not always good, in a society or in a universe.” Philip Dick is saying, to have a universe flourish there should be chaos and in the Hunger Games there was no chaos with the seventy four other Hunger Games. This leaves readers questioning the reality of the universe.
The universe in The Hunger Games flourishes because of the way that Suzanne Collins created the Districts. There are twelve existing Districts and they are all known for something and are ruled by the Capitol. This is much like the United States because the U.S has many states which are unique in their own way and a supreme power that rules over all of them. In The Hunger Games it said, “He lists the disasters, the droughts, the storms, the encroaching seas that swallowed up so much of the land, the brutal war for what little sustenance reminded. The result was Panem, a shining Capitol ringed by thirteen districts, which brought peace and prosperity to its citizens.” (Pg 18). This shows how they went to war and then built their own country. So they have a government for every District and the Capitol rules over all of the districts. Philip Dick said, “Fake realities will create fake humans or fake humans will generate fake realities and sell then to other humans, turning them eventually into forgeries of themselves.” (Pg 3). The reality in The Hunger Games seems real so that means that the humans must seem real to, and they do. In the novel Katniss says, “At just eleven years old with Prim just seven, I took over as the head of the family. There was no choice.” (Pg 27). Katniss at just eleven took over as the head of the family so she struggled a lot to make ends meet for her family which shows how caring and selfless she is, which are human character traits.
Lastly in the world of The Hunger Games flourished because of the concept that Suzanne Collins displays, which is that the world isn’t always fair. In The Hunger Games Rue was a twelve year old girl who was from District 11. She was chosen as tribute and had to fight people bigger, stronger, and smarter and much older then her. This little girl is basically being set up for death. In The Hunger Games is said, “A scream, a young girl scream, there’s no one in that area capable of making that sound except for Rue. (Pg 232). This is the science where Rue was killed. Although it seems far fetched from reality, think of all the child soldiers killed every day. Little kids are taken and turned into fighting machines and many die everyday. Not only that but a lot of people also have unfair advantages. A lot of rich districts have been training children from birth to be killing machines in secret. In the novel it said, “The competition will be way far beyond my abilities. Kids from wealthier districts, we’re winning is a huge honor who’ve trained their whole lives for this. Boys two to three times my size. Girls who know twenty different ways to kill you with a knife.” (Pg 36). When Effie Trinket says, “May the odds be ever in your favor!”, it basically only applies to the trained kids, and the ones with no practice are doomed.
Dystopian novel authors all create different worlds with different traits to help it flourish. The author of the novel, The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins built a world that does both flourish and fail. Her world fails because of the lack of chaos in the previous Hunger Games. But it flourishes because it captures how unfair the world is and the way that their government functions.