ExploringTechnology and Social Class in TheHunger Games
Thegap in technology between the Capitol and the districts in TheHunger Gamesrepresents the gaps between high and low classes in the society.According to Dispatch(1),the technological gap in TheHunger Gamesshows the divide between the ruler and the ruled. The development intechnology follows a course that has already been set by the societyin terms of the social classes. The social classes in the society arelargely defined by the difference between the people who areeconomically empowered and those struggling economically. Thisdifference creates a gap that determines the division of allresources, opportunities, development and sadly technology. Thisdiscussion will explore what the gap says about the relationshipbetween the social class in our society and available technology.
Thelarge gap in the distribution of technology between the Capitol andthe districts further illustrates the social inequality in thesociety. The social inequality between the Capitol and the districtsis seen in the social amenities that are available in the Capitol andnot available in district 12. Just as the Capitol have bettereducational systems and high-tech medical systems, the high-endsocieties in the world today access such facilities (Dispatch1).On the other hand, the people in the districts use herbal medicine,cannot access enough electricity and burn charcoal. This paints theexact picture of how the modern society is segregated. The richsocial class access control all the social amenities, while the poordo not even have access to the basic services like education andhealth care.
Thegap between the Capitol and the districts in Panem as seen in TheHunger Games showsthe extent of social and political differences between the ruled andthe rulers. The gap is created because of the unequal politicalstructure where the rulers live in the Capitol while the ruled livein the districts. Therefore, to rule the vast Panem, the rulers mustcontrol all the technology so that they can be able to maintain powerand control over the land (Jones1).As a result, the rulers live in the Capitol while the ruled live inthe districts as a way of preventing any rebellion. This situation isseen during the time when the districts rebelled against the Capitol.The Capitol was able to use all the resources available to conquerthe districts back.
Thegap between the districts and the Capitol as seen in the distributionof technology shows the efforts of the ruling class to maintain thestatus quo. The technology of the ruling was used to monitor therebels and report on the issues that they are talking about (Dispatch1). In addition, the ruling class ensured that the districts remainin poverty so that they can be easily controlled. This is because thelow level of life and the poor living standards make the districtsnot to turn out to be out-of-control states (Jones1).The districts live in poverty and are not considered in anysignificant distribution of resources (Miller1).Therefore, the poor state of affairs in the districts makes it hardfor them to organize a rebellion, and easy for the rulers to quell arebellion, in case they rebel. The ruling class uses the gap betweenthe Capitol and the districts as a line of defense and anarchiststrategy to remain in power.
Atthe same time, the gap between the Capitol and the districts showsthe strategy of the rich to keep the people busy surviving and neverthink of rebelling. This is seen in the life of Katniss where she hasno choice but to struggle to survive, for her and her family. Otherthan think of fighting the injustices in the land, Katniss finds itrational for her to struggle and make ends meet, using all meanspossible. In real life, children dramatize such symbolic struggle asseen in Gartner’sdescription of children`s games at school (Gartner1). This shows how rulers in the society today try to maintain thegap and keep the poor as low as possible, so that they can continueruling them as the poor struggle to survive.
Thegap between the Capitol and Panem also shows the extent of economicinequalities between the haves and the have-nots. Economically, theCapitol is rich and has all the technology that they need to maintaintheir high living standards (Jones1).This is what relates to the rich urban centers in the modern societytoday. All over the world, the urban centers are economicallyempowered with better resources and infrastructure. On the otherhand, the society in reality has extremely poor lower class where inmany countries people live below the poverty line. This shows the sadextent of social inequalities that exist between the rich and thepoor in the world today.
Thegap between the Capitol and the districts in TheHunger Gamesshows how the modern society today is divided into social classes.The people of the higher social class control the government, theeconomic opportunities, the resources and technology. On the otherhand, the lower social classes struggle to live as seen in the livesthey live in the districts. The gap shows how the rich control thepoor, keeps them struggling and maintain the status quo of economicand social inequality. The gap in the available technology, thereforeillustrates the social stratification that determines the social andpolitical well being between the two extremes.
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