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Does the book “The Hunger Games” Promote Violence?

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The book “The Hunger Games” is becoming a very controversial topic between the readers. Some say that the book promotes violence and some don’t. Susanne Collins doesn’t promote violence in the book “The Hunger Games”. This is because Violence is necessary to explain the fear in the book but doesn’t promote violence. Secondly, there are positive themes throughout the book and the most important one which is loyalty. Lastly, it shows that the main character of the book Katniss, doesn’t want to kill anyone during the games.

The book “The Hunger Games” is about war so violence is necessary to explain the violent acts based upon the war. This doesn’t meet it necessarily promotes violence. The book just uses the violent acts as a way to explain the fear of the people and describe what happens to the people. Even though it might sound violent it doesn’t mean that it promotes violence because the author doesn’t show violence in a positive way but a way to have fear for something.

Secondly, the book doesn’t promote violence because there are positive themes and the main one which is loyalty. The reason why Katniss volunteers as a tribute in the first place is because she wants to protect her sister from going into the hunger games. Then she makes a promise with her sister that she will come back alive knowing that coming back alive also means to kill all the other tributes in the hunger games. Loyalty is not shown only with her sister but also with Rue. Throughout the hunger game when Katniss first meets Rue till her death, they show each other signs of trust and are loyal to each other; and when Rue gets killed, the author doesn’t try to promote violence but tries to make people imagine what happened through the words.

Lastly, the book doesn’t promote violence because it is focusing on the war. When there is a war surely, there are violent acts also and Susanne Collins uses those words to describe what has happened. But it doesn’t promote violence because the whole book is focusing on the war and is not trying to show violence in a positive way. The author uses Katniss’ perspective for a reason. It is to show that violence isn’t always necessary; Whereas if the author wanted to promote violence she would have wrote in the view of President Snow.

To sum up, the book “The Hunger Games” does not promote violent acts because firstly, it shows violence only as a way to let the readers understand fear of the people and what happens when there is war between people. Secondly, the book shows positive themes trying to cover up the violence, and lastly, the book doesn’t promote violence because it doesn’t put violence in a positive way.

 

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