the hunger games
Can you imagine killing someone you actually know and may even like? And being forced to by your government? In The Hunger Games, this happens. This is a book, but it happens in real life, too. In The Hunger Games and in North Korea totalitarian governments restrict the human rights of their citizens in order to stay in power.
how the totalitarian governments restrict the human rights
The first way that Panem and North Korea control their citizens by restricting their rights is having them tired and hungry. “District 12 - where you can starve to death in safety”(collins,6). Kat says this about her home, which is like a state in the country of Panem. The name Panem means bread in Latin, but people in District 12 can’t even afford to buy any. In North Korea, kids can lose their whole family because of guilt by association. Then they’re on the streets asking people for pennies (frontline) . The way this keeps the government in power is that they’re too weak and trying to get food to try to overthrow the government.
Another way that totalitarian governments restrict the human rights of their citizens in order to stay in power is by controlling the media and education. In Panem, kids only are taught what is needed for them to work. In District 12, they only what they need to be coal miners and the Capitol controls everything they see. In North Korea, they don’t let the people know what’s happening outside the country. In both Panem and North Korea, people have to watch somethings. For example in The hunger games they have to go to the Reaping and watch the Hunger Games. In North Korea, they only have one channel to watch and it’s run by the government. This keeps people from rebelling because they don’t know what it’s like outside of the country.
A third way that both Panem and North Korea restrict the human rights of their citizens in order to stay in power is limiting their traveling. In The hunger games, they are not allowed to leave their district. In North Korea, They can not leave the country and they can’t even live where they want. There is so much paperwork to fill out that they don’t want to move. Limiting travel keeps the people isolated from the rest of the world so they don’t know how bad their lives are; keeps them isolated from each other so they don’t know about the different social classes and can’t join together and rise up against the government.