By: Alex Michaud
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.