By: Alex Michaud


There are many connections between the movie "The Hunger Games" and the four Cultural Geography Units. It connects to Unit One because all of the people in Panem live there because the geography has changed and the lack of globalization which force them to stay. They do have mini-globalization within their country though. They all seriously depend on each district to supply their resource, and without it their society would crumble. These resources depend on the geography of each district and people live in these varying geographical locations based on their skills. There are also some connections to Unit 2. Each of the districts form their own cultural mosaics by molding their citizens to their unique characteristics and who was assigned to each district after the Uprising. The Capitol has a cultural mosaic too, because all of the varying rich people live their and they're a major city which always have these. The whole country of Panem forms a cultural mosaic too because each district has their own values and ways of life. Also, these districts cooperate by spreading the resources that they get or make and working together in the Uprisings. They have conflict when they are put together to fight in a closed arena and want to kill each other. In connection to Unit 3, when the Uprising happened there was conflict between two belief systems. One believed in freedom for everybody, while the other believed in control and that they had the right to control everyone. This conflict still exists since the Capitol created the Hunger Games which hasn't helped to mend the bond. On top of this, each district has different values and beliefs, and vastly different ways of life. This creates easier conflict when they are told to kill each other. These differences come from the previous exploitation of natural resources which led the country to create districts and separate them. Finally, "The Hunger Games" also has connections to Unit 4. There are many power shifts in this series, and one of them was during the Uprising. When the citizens lost the fight, they lost a lot of power and the government gained a lot. This changed the citizens' rights and freedoms, such as the right to elect leaders or the freedom to travel or leave. Another example is when tributes are chosen. They then have the popularity, exposure, and power to influence the citizens, and start a new fight such as Katniss and Peeta did. These tributes also lose rights and freedoms when they're chosen since they can't leave and they lose the freedom/right to live since they'll now have to fight for it. Tributes gain power when they kill another tribute too. Finally, Katniss and Peeta gain power when they win together and defy the Capitol of their wants and break the rules of the Hunger Games.

An analogy about Cultural Geography is: Culture and Cultural Geography is like a cell (in science), there are walls between different parts like different cultures, cells can attack each other or help each other survive like conflict and cooperation, and cells move and migrate throughout their host based on temperature and conditions like climate and geography.


I believe that the society in the movie could be attained on Earth, but it would have more problems than suggested in the movie. I think this because governments and armies truly do have a lot of control over their country. Most citizens cannot fight back against a crowd of armed men. But also, I think that there might be secret armed groups preparing to attack the government in small ways, and many citizens would probably try to run away since their society is so corrupt.

The real world also has connections to "The Hunger Games". One set of examples are the areas such as the Colosseum in ancient Rome. Many of the gladiators who fought in these arenas were conquered peoples and slaves that were forced to fight against their own will. Often times the gladiators even fought to the death. This has an obvious resemblance to the Hunger Games in the movie. In Rome and "The Hunger Games", the participants in each fight are forced to fight against their will and many die without any other option but to fight. That relates to Unit 1 because the reason that the slaves and the tributes live where they do is thanks to globalization and people invading Rome and the lack of globalization in Panem. It also relates to Unit 4 because power shifted. In Rome, the people who captured the prisoners of war and slaves gained power while the slaves lost it. It's the same in Panem, where the government gains power when they select tributes, and the tributes lose power. These two shifts of power created the loss of rights and freedoms for the slaves and tributes. Another relation is that in Rome, there used to be gladiators who trained and volunteered to fight in order to show off and gain honor and glory. In movie, these people would be the tributes from districts 1 and 2. These tributes also train and aspire to be in the Hunger Games to show everyone how strong and smart they are. Also these tributes are always volunteers, like some of the gladiators in Rome. A similarity between these two is also the brutal, classic, style of fight in the arenas. In both situations, they use physical fighting like swords, not guns or anything like that. Overall, you could easily call the tributes in the movie gladiators and not have an argument. This all relates to the Course E.U. because there is an authority holding control over the slaves and tributes which influences conflict. Also, the slaves identified culture is different than the Romans', and the tributes' culture is different than the government's and the Capitol's.


Finally, "The Hunger Games has connections to my life. A connection to my personal life is when I play our version of the game man hunt. Everyone is thrown outside and told to run away, like in the movie when they're placed in the arenas. Then you have to make your way to the base without getting tagged, or you're out. In the movie this is like running to the cornucopia or care packages to better your survival. Also, people hunt each other in both cases, just one is real. People can team up in both too. These two show conflict and cooperation. A way the movie connects to my life locally is on Pinkerton's sports teams. Different grades often play on the same team and work for the same goal, even though they are different. This is like in the movie where the districts all work together to defeat the Capitol even though they have major differences and try to kill each other every year. Cooperation is between the districts and grades, and conflict is against the Capitol and other sport teams. On a state level, a connection is that in New Hampshire we have varying levels of wealth, mostly identified by town or city. We have generally richer cities and towns, and we have towns that have a lot smaller of an income. This happens in the movie too, where the Capitol, District 1, and District 2, are the richest and then it basically goes down by district number from there with District 12 being the poorest. Nationally, a connection to the movie is that most states have a resource that is very abundant there and is collected and distributed between the other states to states that don't have that resource there. This is just like in the movie because with District 12 as an example, they produce coal while and distribute it to the other districts that need it along with the Capitol. No other district mines coal or has the capability to so without District 12, there would be no coal. Lastly, there is a connection to the movie internationally. There are many poor countries that have natural resources and trade these to wealthier countries near them. This is like what happens in the movie where the districts get their resource and send it places like the Capitol. This is a movie that has a lot more connections in my life than I ever would've thought before.
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