The Hunger Games is a book series written by Suzanne Collins, first published in 2008 The books take place in a fictional world known as Panem, an oppressive nation that is divided into 13 districts. Each district is subject to the totalitarian rule of a powerful central government, the Capitol, and forced to send a tribute (two in some districts) in the form of children aged 12-18 to participate in the Hunger Games, a televised event in which the participants (known as "tributes") must fight to the death. The winner of the Hunger Games receives not only fame and fortune, but also is looked up to as a hero by the citizens of Panem.
In the Hunger Games world, the citizens of Panem live in a world of oppression and poverty; their government is corrupt, and the citizens have little to no say in the matter. The Hunger Games is a symbol of this oppression where the strong oppress the weak, and the citizens are treated as mere pawns in the Capitol’s game of power.
When discussing the Hunger Games, an essay topic can be used to explore the social and political implications of this dystopian society, or even the psychological implications of the Hunger Games on the tributes involved.
Here are five examples of Hunger Games essay topics:
1) Analyze the portrayal of oppression in the Hunger Games: how does the government of Panem impose its power on its citizens?
2) Analyze the role of the media in the Hunger Games: what role does the media play in maintaining the oppressive government regime?
3) Examine the psychological effects of the Hunger Games on the tributes: what psychological effects does being forced to fight to the death have on the participants?
4) Analyze the Hunger Games’ effect on society: what is the effect of such a violent event on the citizens of Panem?
5) Analyze the representation of justice in the Hunger Games: how is justice represented in the Hunger Games and is it effective?