Disclaimer: Let m just say that the things I say are entirely my views and I do not expect you to comply with them if you have different opinions on any matter.
The Hunger Games series is known for being pretty dark. Twenty-four tributes between the ages of twelve and eighteen are sent into an arena to fight to the death until only one comes out. It's even crazier when you realize the person you came in with, the person in your District is going to eventually become your enemy. And then after that, the world is whisked in to another war as a rebel army lead by the only person to survive TWO of these horrific death festivals takes a stand against the Capitol. Which leads to death, sadness and more death!
Yes the world of Suzanne Collins' thrilling novel series is a cold one; but it's just fiction right? RIGHT?! Yes...for now. In this article, I'll be looking at how Mockingjay, the latest and last in the HG series, could or could not become a reality.
I was originally going to look at how the Hunger Games themselves could become a reality, but I found that to be pretty challenging. I couldn't find enough reasoning for ours, or any other country to adopt the sick tradition. Sure its been done before, but this was years ago; during the Greek and Roman eras. Mockingjay however, is a slight bit more possible than an entertainment program involving the murder of adolescents. How? Well just take a look at the world around you. War, poverty, diseases. These are serious issues and it's become apparent that these and many other problems won't just be going away any time soon. Panem faces many of the same situations.
With all of these issues we face in the world, who is there to blame? Well that really depends on who you ask. Some say it's' the governments fault, that they aren't doing enough to get rid of these problems. Some say that the government is trying their hardest to fix the issues that we face. Others say the problem is man itself.
But some feel the need to attack those they see responsible for the problems of the world. Thus, there are rebels. Those who fight against their oppressive leaders and governments. Those who fight for the people, because they are the people! Though not every one believes these groups to be in the right. Rioting, looting and vandalism sometimes give them a bad image in the public's eye. And some go so far in their rebellion that they are no longer considered rebels or protesters, and are given a new name; terrorists.
This is much like the world of Panem. I'm not saying that ours or any other real-world government is as bad as the Capitols. They haven't issued any Hunger Games related death events after all. I'm also not saying that the rebels in the various Districts are terrorists, but in some persons eyes they might be. Think of a Capitol child, growing up with the customs that his parents have passed on to him. Suddenly his whole world is turned upside down when a group of scary men and women in suits carrying military weaponry are invading his home and threatening to kill the Capitol's dear President Snow; he wouldn't think Katniss and the others the good guys in this story.
The same can be said for children in other countries. We think of our soldiers as heroes, true patriots of America! But a child in North Korea or Iraq doesn't go home every night praising the American soldiers. He sees them as a threat and sometimes even an enemy. Regardless of who's right or wrong, our morals and our beliefs are just products of where we grew up and what or who we grew up around.
There are also those who think the rebels are in the right, paying no attention to those who call them "criminals" or "terrorists" and instead prefer to call them by the titles "freedom fighters" or "liberators". These people are like the people of the various Districts of Panem. They don't believe in their leaders or their governments ways and instead give all of their support to the rebel groups fighting for their liberation! They themselves do not fight, for personals reasons. Perhaps they don't think they are strong enough to fight, or maybe they just don't believe in the cause strongly enough to lay their lives on the line. But they still support their rebel saviors in a variety of ways. Like signs, protests or finger salutes.
But let's backtrack a bit; how exactly would the rebels in HG be considered terrorists? They haven't done anything that a terrorist would right? Well, they kind of have. In Mockingjay—Part 1, we see the rebels do a lot of damaging things to the Capitol. Like blowing an entire squadron of soldiers up with landmines and a huge suicide mission to blow up the dam in District 7, knocking out the Capitol's electricity. Though these are accounted as acts of bravery by Katniss and her supporters, they're also considered acts of terrorism to the Capitol's government and most likely their loyal citizens.
This is seen in the real world many times. Tragedies, like 9/11 and the countless bombings and executions we read about today are effects of war. They result in countless casualties. We remember those who died during these tragedies and honor their memories for years. But the other side, the "enemy" isn't honoring their deaths. Because they see what they did as a victory. I'm not saying what they did was right, but there are those who do believe so.
Morality is a very tricky concept, what's wrong to one might be right to another. Your morals are built upon how you grew up. What you believe is right is very much up to you, but it is very easy to be influenced by the world around you.
Katniss sees her group of rebels as heroes, liberators. But to the capitol, they are nothing but trouble-making, chaos inducing terrorists. The world of Mockingjay parallels ours in more ways than one. Has Mockingjay become a reality? If not, will it?
Though that is technically entirely up to one's own views on the world, my views lead me to believe that Mockingjay and reality aren't so far apart. We haven't quite reached the scale of rebellion that is demonstrated by Katniss and her army in Mockingjay, but we're close. All around the world, you hear acts of terrorism, anarchy and other accounts of widespread panic. But like I said, these are entirely my views and opinions and I understand that some of you may not agree with them. My thoughts on this matter could very well change in the future as well.
What do you think? Has Mockingjay become (or is becoming) a reality?