The Hunger Games (Loss Of Humanity)

Samantha Rollay

May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

The beginning of the Hunger Games shows the loss of humanity through the way District 12, or Panem, is run. The citizens are obviously not getting enough food, including Katniss Everdeen's family. There's a reaping for the picking of the tributes for the Hunger Games every year, which everyone is terrified for. Two tributes from each of the 12 districts, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18, are chosen to play in the games. And when the games begin, there's the loss of humanity in the actual Hunger Games arena. No one wants to die, but everyone will kill anyone in order to survive. And in the end when Katniss and Peeta won, people never talk about the deaths of the other tributes. There was loss of humanity in the end because the focus was on the winners and not those who died. Katniss expresses, "Everything is about them, not the dying boys and girls in the arena" (p. 354). It's tragic.

"I know I must have sponsers, at least one or two who could afford a pint of liquid for me. Yes, it's pricy, but these people, they're made of money. And they'll be betting on me as well" (p. 167-168).

During the Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen was thirsty and was in desperate need of some source of water. She was hoping Haymitch, or one of her sponsors, would send her some water. These people who are rich and powerful and are always well fed and always have enough to drink don't seem to understand that Katniss may die from thirst. If these people can afford to bet on who will win The Hunger Games, they can afford a small thing of water for Katniss. The loss of humanity in this novel is clear through these people who are the sponsors.

Main Characters of the Novel

"The real sport of the Hunger Games is watching the tributes kill one another. Every so often, they do kill a tribute just to remind the players they can" (p. 177).

The game makers are the ones who create the Annual Hunger Games. They know how to make it tough on someone so every one of the tributes will have a hard time. The Game makers have made the arena so it's a sport for the players and the task is to kill everyone. There should only be one person left standing in the arena after the games are over. The loss of humanity is that the game makers will kill someone, or put them together in order to keep the game moving.

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The Hunger Games #12 Movie CLIP - Rule Change (2012) HD Movie

The Rule Change

The video describes a scene from the end of the novel where Katniss and Peeta are the last tributes left who survived the games. There was a recent change in the rulebook where the tributes from the same district who survive together at the end of the games win together and do not have to kill each other. But then, when Katniss and Peeta did win together, the game's rule changed back to there only being one winner. Claudius Templesmith speaks on the loud speaker and says, "The earlier revision has been revoked. Closer examination of the rule book has been disclosed that only one winner may be allowed" (p.342). Where is the humanity? These two young kids think they're finally done with the games but are then expected for one to kill the other.

"It's the Capitol I hate for doing this to all of us" (p. 236).

The Capitol is the reason for the loss of humanity in this novel. They organized this huge annual event 74 years ago and it's still going strong. They still believe it's fine for these young kids and adults to kill one another until there is a single winner. It's cruel and unusual and needs to be done with.