Suzanne Collins. THE HUNGER GAMES. Suzanne Collins (b.1962). American writer. Daughter of a military pilot who fought in Vietnam . Studied arts, theatre, and telecommunications. Keen on history. Wrote for children’s television; author of bestselling children’s books.
Dystopia […] is the vision of a society that is the opposite of utopia. A dystopian society is one in which the conditions of life are miserable, characterized by human misery, poverty, oppression, violence, disease, and/or pollution. While there have been actual societies which have experienced most if not all of these characteristics, the term dystopia is largely a literary term, referring to a class of literary works that serve as cautionary tales against some form of totalitarianism of the left or right.
Dystopia in literature.
Utopia is a term denoting a visionary or ideally perfect state of society, whose members live the best possible life. The term “Utopia” was coined by Thomas More from the Greek words ou (no or not), and topos (place), as the name for the ideal state in his book, […] Utopia (1516).
Genre: sci-fi dystopia*.
Inspiration: ancient Greek and Roman mythology and history.
PanAm + panem:
panem et circenses(Latin),
“bread and circuses,” an Ancient Roman political strategy for controlling the population.
Divided in districts: “divide and rule,” an ancient political maxim about effective dominion.
1. What is the meaning of the title?
2. What do you make of the beginning of the novel?
3. What are the meanings of the names?
4. What symbolic objects have you noticed?
5. What allusions can you find in the novel?