The after effects of war and conflict ending in a dystopian setting is shown in Suzan Collin’s Hunger Games which depicts a dystopian society effectively, describing the contrasting conditions in both District 12 and The Capitol. Collins effectively illustrates her dystopian world through the representation of the oppression faced by the people of District 12, “where you can starve to death in safety.” Here, Collins’ paradoxical description of the hunger faced by District 12, shows that citizens of District 12 are constricted in an area where they are safe from danger but they still don’t have the necessities to survive, thus conveying the dystopian world in which the reader is thrust into.
Contrastingly, Collins’ portrayal of the Capitol using ambiguity “They do surgery in the Capitol, to make people appear younger and thinner. In District 12 , looking old is something of an achievement since so many people die early.” This quote emphasizes the significant class differences affects all elements of a person’s life and perspective on Panem.
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