In The Hunger Games, the people of the district’s lead terribly depressing lives and barely survive, this is all because of the government. The Hunger Games is meant to remind citizens of their uprising many years ago and to keep the people in check. The society in The Hunger Games is extremely oppressed by the government, most of the district people live horrible lives compared to the people in the capitol. The government oppression is one of the largest themes in The Hunger Games, and society is in a very poor state throughout the movie. Similarly, the society in “The Lottery” is also in a bad state. In “The Lottery”, one person is sacrificed unwillingly each year in order for the town to have a good harvest. Some of the townspeople claim to support the lottery, but come the actually day of the lottery, almost every person is fearful of being chosen. The town killing a person and forcing people to live in fear is highly oppressive and sounds like an awful society to live in. All in all, The Hunger Games and “The Lottery” both have highly oppressed societies, largely in the same way.
The Hunger Games and “The Lottery” have similar societies and conflicts, but have contrasting symbolism. The Hunger Games’ mockingjay symbolizes hope while “The Lottery’s” black box symbolizes the exact opposite in death. The Hunger Games and “The Lottery” both have a man vs. man conflict and a man vs. society conflict that’s present throughout the story. Also, both of the societies in The Hunger Games and “The Lottery” are largely oppressed and undesirable places for one to live. While these two stories may not appear to be that similar, the more one analyzes the stories, the more similar they