原英文标题： The reflection of the Hunger Games and the audiences in the real life
In Suzanne Collins’ novel the Hunger Games, the capitol is presented as evil and audiences watching The Hunger Games lost their humanity that they didn’t even aware that. Audiences in the novel were excited about the game and not realizing that was a murder. What is the novel trying to present to readers from the Capitol and the audiences? In my view of the book and the nowadays society, this novel reflects the real world and the losing of humanity. The Hunger Games is being brought to the real world.
In the book’s description, the Capitol is a utopian place that everyone lives in peace and happiness. People was not worrying or concerning about the way of The Hunger Games going. The disparity of the economics and the rights is causing the rather different aspects between the life and the death. The death of district tributes is one of the ways how the Capitol people entertain. The concern is, the book is more likely a reflection of the real life and nowadays society. Especially recent years, people started to “cheer for death”. Car racing games, audience are hyper and cheering for racers, feeling fantastic when every time there is a close hit. However, when there is a real hit, the car goes flying in the air, people realize that it was a real accident.
The accidents are reminding people that most dangerous parts in a race, a competition or a sports game, could be a murder, a crime. Study shows that most sports games do not consider most violence as a crime, but a foul (Standen 620). Aggressive attacks on purpose are considered as crimes but not in a sport game? Is there a real difference from a game and out of the game? Why should there be an exception for sports games? Audience cheer for crimes and athletes’ crimes are basically allowed.
Why would people cheer for dangerous movements? The excitement brings pleasure, which means more dangerous activities are going to bring more pleasure – like the Hunger Games. The book itself is a reflection of the real-life world. People started afraid of dangerous events, and then people started doing extreme sports, but not recognized as a sport; then people all started to encourage the extreme sports and started to cheer for it. As the trend goes on, there will be one day people cheering for people killing each other. The laws are not working in a race or a sports game, murders are not admitted during the game – exactly same thing the book the Hunger Games was talking about.
The Capitol city is described as a Utopia in the novel, and it is ruling other districts (Collins 6). Humans get more advanced, learning more rules, but appearing stricter level system. Capitol level and district level, will there be a Utopia existing as controlling lower levels as the book describes in the future. There was Empires, and now we have more disparities on food, economic or education. The new tax laws are allowing rich people paying less taxes by investing (Abstracts 7), and this will increase the disparity even more. Since a few decades ago, pioneers already had the idea of the Utopia, and we never stopped to try to make it. Will the future Utopia be like a Utopia described in the book?
People being emotionless of being killed – the word “murder” is not even used in the book the Hunger Games. There is no concept of murder in a Utopia, is that the case what all people are trying to make of? 21th Century turned out more “peaceful”, people are ignoring the disparities between rich countries and poor countries. More and more people are not having any idea of poorness and wars. That’s the exactly same thing led to the Hunger Games.
Emotionless to the death, to the poorness, to the illness, to any disparity existing now. The real world is getting more and more similar to the Capitol city in some way. The book the Hunger Games should be an alarm reminding people, for not being expecting too much of the Utopia, but be aware of the whole world.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.
STANDEN, JEFFREY. “THE MANLY SPORTS: THE PROBLEMATIC USE OF CRIMINAL LAW TO REGULATE SPORTS VIOLENCE.” The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (1973-), vol. 99, no. 3, 2009, pp. 619–642. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/20685054.
“ABSTRACTS.” Columbia Law Review, vol. 117, no. 7, 2017. JSTOR, JSTOR, www.jstor.org/stable/44425405.
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Suzanne Collins 这一本饥饿游戏小说，意义深远，读完之后感觉真的是一种对现在社会的映射；写完这篇文章，感觉这件事情更严肃了