Hunger Games Essay By Cobe Mager

War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength

There are many examples of how Panem and present-day governments control people's movement, communication, along with keeping citizens at odds with each other. Both Panem and present day governments share very similar ways of keeping their governments in power. Two present day governments that operate similarly to Panem are North Korea and Russia.

Panem and present day governments are controlling people's movements . In Panem there is no freedom of movement meaning “travel between districts is prohibited” (Collins, 41). In North Korea citizens can’t travel into or out of the country. The government of North Korea also allows no video or audio footage into or out of the country (Jones). A way this keeps the government in power is if you leave your country or home you're probably not going to come back making the government in need of resources.
Panem and present day governments are controlling people’s communication. In Panem “We have so little communication with anyone outside our district” (Collins, 203).They don't want one another to know about each other. This relates to modern day examples such the government taking away Russian TV systems (Ioffe). The government doesn’t want people to know bad things about there country. A way this keeps the government in power is its another way of eliminating information flow, it shows the citizens all the government does in a good way. The Government told citizens Putin was a “God”, with this being said the government has more control over their country.
Panem and modern day governments keep citizens at odds with each other. In Panem “The capitol get just about everything they want, where is District 12 gets nothing” (Collins, 59). A present-day example of this is in North Korea the government of Pyongyang gets whatever they want and whenever they want it. The remote areas of pyongyang are treated unfairly with little of everything just like district 12 (United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights). This keeps the government in power by having the government able to contol a remote area where citizens can't invade government officials. (Can’t rebel with no one to rebel against).This means if you don't have anyone to talk to and now one to be mad at it makes no sense to rebel. The marginalized areas are a place the government puts people who are deemed untrustworthy. A place they can no longer rebel. This lets the rest of the population know the consequences of disloyalty. In panem the capitol divided the people into 12 districts, within each district they know very little information on the other districts. The government made it so they can’t join together and rebel.

These are many examples of how present day Governments and Panem have very similar ways of keeping their governments powerful and dangerous to mess with.

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