Final Summative

By: Julia Youkstetter

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The hunger games is easily relate-able to a lot of the topics that we discussed in cultural geography. In unit one we talked a lot about how globalization and geography influence why, how, and where people live. Geography was a Hunger Games for many reasons. One way is how the geography is the arena affects how the tributes survive and what they do. One hunger game they did a rain forest/ ocean kind of thing and the competitors had to deal with things like humidity, poisonous frogs, and crazy waters. But in the first arena it was a more normal forest type situation, with rivers, pine trees, etc. So here the tributes had access to berries, fresh water streams, tall trees to climb, and other natural elements. Another example could be how different geographical aspects in the districts, like how district 12 has a lot of coal mines so because of that mining is a huge part of the lives of the people who live there. My last example is from district 13, where bombings made the surface unlivable. Because of the useless geography the people in the district were forced to have there community underground, which obviously drastically affected their lives. Globalization was also important in The Hunger Games because the districts were responsible for producing goods and then sending them to the capitol. Without importing theses goods the capitol likely would not be able to survive. When the tributes go to the capitol for the Hunger Games they bring a little bit of their culture with them and display it to the citizens of the Capitol. So the Hunger Games can connect to geography and globalization in many ways.

The movie related to Unit two in the many different mosaics painted by each district and the conflict and cooperation between the districts and the Capitol. For example District Two's history of winning tributes creates a picture of power and lifelong physical training for their area. When the competitors migrate to the Capitol for The Hunger Games, they each bring some of their culture with them. A great example of this is the parade when they first get there, where they all where costumes to represent where they came from, like District 4 (the fishing district) wore fishnets. In the story their is a balance of cooperation and conflict because the the Districts hate the Capitol (conflict) but they have to provide/ work for them to survive (cooperation). All of these things tie in very well to the things we discussed in Unit 2.

Unit 3 ties into the movie because of the major exploitation of goods by the Capitol and how the Districts, who all have their own beliefs, have to interact and how this causes conflict even before they get in the arena. The Capitol wastes lots of food and resources by spoiling themselves and surrounding themselves with an unnecessary amount of goods, while people in the Districts are starving. The competitors each grew up in their own area with a different way of living so when they are all forced to live in one place (as they prepare for The Hunger Games), they get into fights and conflicts. I think theses think relate very well to the concepts of exploitation, conflict over natural resources, and problems between belief systems that we talked about in Unit 3.

A lot of things that went on in the Hunger Games can be related to Unit 4, which talked about shifts in power, rights, and freedom. In the movie there are particular tributes that join up and make a kind of "super group" who are very powerful and dangerous. But as they begin to die off and turn on one another the power kind of shifts to the stronger individuals. In the movie the Capitol has complete control over the rights of the people which dictate the quality of their life (they do not have many rights and the quality is poor). The citizens of Panem are given varying degrees of freedom depending on where they live, the citizens of The Capitol have a lot more than those from the Districts. Unit 4 definitely related to the Hunger Games in several ways.


The real world can be related to the Hunger Games in many broad, general ways and many specific examples. Some of the more broad things could be how people from different places have their own lifestyles (like from the different districts/ Capitol) have different beliefs that can cause conflicts. This could be as simple as someone raised in the city and someone raised in the country meeting and disagreeing on which way of life is better. Another general real world example from the movie is how the wealthy/ upper class (like the Capitol citizens) treat the less wealthy poorly (citizens of the districts). A simple example of this is a kid with nice clothes bullying a kid with less expensive, tattered clothes about what he is wearing. A more specific real world example that is closely related to The Hunger Games could be related to America's relationship with places like Uzbekistan. While the United States does not govern them, I can definitely see some similarities between us and the Capitol. For instance in American culture celebrities use wild and weird clothing to express themselves just as many people in the Capitol do (take Effie Trinket for an example). As a country it is fair to say we have a surplus of resources such as food and do waste a lot of it while many of the big countries that supports are is suffering from famine. This is similar to the way that the Capitol has a bounty of food while the Districts that support it are starving. My last connection between the two would be the rights of the citizens. While Americans have many rights and freedoms many Uzbekistan people are enslaved or have very few rights/little freedom. Even though we are not directly responsible for the lives of Uzbekistani our relationship to them can be connected to the Hunger Games.

I do not believe that The Hunger Games itself could ever happen because I think that taking people's children for such a reason would cause way too much rioting/ hatred of the government for it too succeed. However I do think that a government where a small group of incredibly wealthy people live a luxurious lives supported by the poor, is a definite possibility. I also think the "peacekeepers" are a realistic concept because I think that it is quite possible that a government would make their cruelty seem like a method to "maintain the peace." I think this would be most likely if nuclear war broke out and only a very small area was left livable (so they only had to govern a small place).

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Lady Gaga vs Effie Trinket.
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The Hunger Games can relate to my life in a few different ways. The first is related to the Katniss and Peeta's reaction when they got on the train. When I was little I had a friend who came from a run-down neighborhood and a poor family. She lived in a tiny house,with few furnishings and not much to eat. So when she came to my house (an average sized, normal middle-class family home) she was amazed by the decorations, the size, and the food. This is similar to the feeling Katniss and Peeta probably had when they entered the Capitol's train with lots of food, fancy decorations, and other things. The surroundings of my home were completely normal and average for me as the train probably was for Effie (who grew up in the Capitol) but to someone who came from a different background (my friend and Katniss and Peeta) they were amazing. Although my house isn't nearly as fancy as the Capitol is. Another connection to my life would be the tributes competing in the arena to me and my classmates competing in school for popularity and success. Obviously they are very different but in some ways I think they can be connected. The teenagers in the Hunger Games usually have to be physically capable, intelligent, and liked (by the sponsors) to win. To be a well-known and well-liked at school for the most part you need to play sports (physically capable), have intelligent conversations, and be funny and liked by yours peers and teachers. In both cases the kids are competing with each other to be the best and with first place comes advantages. In the movie its your life, riches, and fame. In school it might be many friends, scholarships, and other advantages. So although my example is on a much smaller scale it can still be related to some of the things that happened in the story. I think that I can also relate The Hunger Games to the country because of the way each area of land has it own basic responsibilities (ex: District 12 is mainly responsible for mining coal). In America New England is well know for it production of tone goods (like gravel and granite) and education, because it is home to many great schools such as Harvard. The mid-Atlantic is know for being the financial center of the US not only because of NYC but also because of the many waterways that are established as trade routes. The south is big for manufacturing and crops (because of the mild weather) and is a hot spot for retirees, making a considerable percent residential. Because of its extremely fertile soil the Midwest is known as the "breadbasket" and is largely used for farmland. Lastly is the Southwest which is prominently used for growing corn and raising cattle. So just as the districts each have their own jobs/responsibilities depending on geographical elements, so does America. Of course it is different because we can move and we don't have to participate in the general workforce our region is known for, but still.. I think that the Hunger games touche on many important topics and could be related to just about anyone's life.
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