The Hunger Games Essay

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Sacrifice; The Most Dreaded Concept of Life. Life is full of burdens which obscure peoples paths and make it almost impossible for them to reach their "happy ending,” but in order to rid themselves of these hindrances they must learn to sacrifice the little things in order to gain the ample attributes that life offers. Sacrifice is something everybody must endure whether it be small such as sharing one's lunch with a fellow class mate or more austere like risking one's life in order to save another. We observe the reoccurring theme of sacrifice throughout The Hunger Games, specifically when Katniss volunteers her participation in the games in order to save Primrose, her little sister, from the wretched hands of death. While we watch Katniss' life in the Hunger Games unravel it becomes evident that sacrifice will not only affect one personally but others around them. A very wise man once said "Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable.. Every step toward the goal of Justice requires sacrifice, suffering and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." A very inspiring quote by Martin Luther King, Jr. ties in with the current events of Katniss' unfortunate situation. Life is filled with sacrifices, there is never an easy way to reach your goals, well that is if you hope to be successful. Katniss lives in district 12 of the country Panem and every year two "tributes" a boy and a girl are picked out of each district to fight off in an arena located in the city, where they fight to the death. The rules say that there can only be one winner, until the rules suddenly change allowing two winners which must be from the same district. The country of Panem reminds me of Oceania, from George Orwell's 1984, a country that encourages and rewards violence, much like in The Hunger Games. Both stories have a similar plot, rebellion against the law, complication and restriction due to the law, a climax due to feelings of love between two characters, and countless violence. In the novel 1984, we meet a character named Winston who is sublimely breaking the law by having a journal where he writes about his feelings, he admits his hatred for the party and his desires to rebel. At the very beginning of The Hunger Games, we witness Katniss illegally hunting in the woods in order to make a quick buck, she goes outside of the watchful eye of the state. Winston and Katniss share something in common, even though they are terrified for their lives both hang on to their will to live sacrificing everything they've ever known in order to reach their goals. Katniss saves her sister life but now she must fight for her own life, literally fight to the death! Winston on the other hand risks his life for his beliefs, he did not agree with the party, he despised the party so he grew a pair and took action. Ayn Rand once said It only stands to reason that where there's sacrifice, there's someone collecting the sacrificial offerings. where there's service, there is someone being served. The man who speaks to you of sacrifice is speaking of slaves and masters, and intends to be the master. This quote relates to Panem beliefs and Katniss' circumstances. The Hunger Games are meant to control each district in the country by allowing one to stand out and sacrificing two tributes. For some ridiculous reason they believe that with these…