The Hunger Games and real Life by Macrory Mason

In “The Hunger Games”, by Suzanne Collins, and in North Korea, there are many examples of how tyrannical governments limit people’s human rights in order to stay in power, control, and order over everyone in the country.

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Freedom of Movement

In Panem and in North Korea, the governments do not let the people travel to different parts of the country. In fact, some people in the country are not treated as fairly as others because many of them don’t always have the resources they need to keep everyone going. This keeps the people from all getting together and starting a rebellion because they can’t all meet in one place. For example, Katniss Everdeen, the main character in The Hunger Games, doesn’t know anyone outside her district because the Capitol restricts people to travel to other parts of Panem (pg 5). In North Korea, the government doesn’t let people travel inside or outside the country to keep everyone in one place (“Secret State of North Korea”).



The governments in both Panem, the country in “The Hunger Games”, and North Korea do not let anyone have weapons of any kind. This keeps the people from being armed and starting a rebellion. For example, Katniss owns a bow and arrows made by her father, even though she knows it’s illegal to have a weapon in her district (pg 5). In North Korea, most people don’t even have enough money to afford food, so it’s not likely for someone to buy a weapon to fight with (“Secret State of North Korea”).

"The Hunger Games" weapons

"The Hunger Games"

The government in Panem randomly selects two tributes in each district on Reaping Day to participate in The Hunger Games, an all-out fight to the death game. The Games last for weeks, and it’s broadcasted throughout all of Panem to watch. The winner gets a lifetime of ease and fortune back in his/her district, while the losers get death.

"The Hunger Games" mockingjay


All in all, the governments in THG and in North Korea are very strict to their country’s people and mostly care about staying in power. They only care about keeping everyone in line and following their rules and laws.

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Works cited

Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. NY, NY, Scholastic Press, 2008.

Jones, James, director. “Secret State of North Korea.” Frontline, 2014.

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