Final Project: EU and THG

By Ian DeRego

Analysis EU 1

Whilst watching The Hunger Games in class, I noticed many connections between it and the EU's we've had in class for the past semester. One of the easiest ones was the Unit 1 EU, "Geography and Globalization influence where, how, and why people live where they do," as it was one of the mainstays of the story. With the continent of Pan am I mean Panem being separated into districts, the higher ups thought using the Districts as resource producers would be a good idea. From this came the now 12 districts, producing everything from coal to luxury furniture. For example, early in the movie Katniss escapes through and electrified barrier into a nearby district to go hunting. When looking at the map of Panem, you will see that the district to the west of 12 is District 7, the lumber District. The forests Katniss uses for hunting is also the grounds for which trees are felled for lumber. Meanwhile, District 12 is the coal producer. Coal forms when ancient trees die and decay over the years. The placement of these two districts so close to each other is no coincidence. During the movie,

EU 2 Analysis

I also made a quick connection between Panem and the Unit 2 EU " Humans migrate, Create cultural mosaics and balance the forces of cooperation and conflict between different peoples." This one is tied to the foundation of the movie itself, as The Hunger Games is built to essentially balance the forces of cooperation and conflict in itself, as the tributes are pawns used to make each district more loyal to the Capitol, quelling any sense of conflict between them and the Capitol. Another connection to the unit 2 EU is the tributes more physically, as they have to work together to survive, as well as hunting and fending off the other tributes. These representations show a perfect connection between the movie and EU, and sums up the idea presented perfectly.

Analysis EU 4

One of the easiest connections between The Hunger Games and the Cultural Geography class was with the unit 4 EU, " People are part of groups that gain and lose power over time, creating differing individual rights and varying degrees of freedom." This is an almost literal wording of how the districts operate. When separated, these districts are used to collect resources for the Capitol. When the Hunger Games end, the winning district gets a large sum of resources including but not limited to food and increased resources for building and survival. The other districts have lost two members of their group however, and get nothing in return. From this, the less successful of the districts will likely have not just less resources, but less freedom to build and grow. The people living there will have tot work harder and only hope that they get lucky next year until they do.

Application 1

One of the easiest and most important connections to one of our Enduring Understandings is to the Unit 3 EU, " Exploitation and competition over natural resources and interactions between major belief systems may create conflict." With the 21st century, one of the most important and recent events was the attacks on the World Trade Center. The believed reasoning for this attack on US soil was from an Islamic extremist group, the Taliban, disagreed with our nation's surface level beliefs and presence in the middle east. Their religious beliefs, or their understanding, brought them to think that because of the United State's surface religion being Christianity, that we must die. As long as different religions exist, this will likely go on forever, as they will all contradict or voice hatred of each other within the religious text.

Application 2

One major question is whether not the world of The Hunger Games could exist within our planet. I'd believe not, as one group or another from a separate continent will go in to break up the clutch the Capitol has on the Districts. The UN was made solely to stop dictatorships like this, and will likely still exist to that day, unless wiped off of existence entirely. Even then, other groups like NATO would take part in the destruction, or at least resistance, to that kind of harsh rule. The rest of the world would not let something like that happen, breaking up the country and restoring peace to the continent of Panem long before somebody like Katniss would show up.

Transfer

It was hard making personal connections to The Hunger Games and my personal life. As of the time of writing, I don't live in a dystopic future where the only way of leading a happy life is murdering 23 others in a gladiatorial arena. However, it's in the society the film illustrates outside of the games themselves that yield the connections. One connection not only to me, but to everyone currently in the Us or likewise, is to the funneling of the resources to the Capitol. Switching out resources for money, and the connection quickly becomes obvious. You must work to make money, which you must pay to the government to keep your shelter and buy food. Without work you wouldn't have money, which would mean no food or shelter. The poorer of a job you have, worse off you'll be in terms of residence as well. As shown by the ramshackle houses of District 12, unless you're working a high paying, sought after job, then you'll have a progressively poorer home and be worse off over all. As for the EUs, they are much easier to connect to. The unit 1 EU, " Geography and globalization influence where, how, and why people live where, how, and why people live where they do," for example, is a very simple one. I live in New Hampshire because I was born here, I've grown used to the climate, and I feel a personal connection here. I get ready for summer, and always plan for winter as without prior planning, you'll likely be caught in the dark with little to no warmth or safety. My dad has kept us here because of his job, and how it pertains to the Northeast and only here, as this is one of the three setups of the company. if we lived elsewhere, my dad likely couldn't work there, as he has to be in direct contact with his affiliates. These are just two of the several reasons as to why we have continues to live here in New Hampshire for several years, and likely will for many more.