Just as in Rome, Panem was organized into districts when the capitol ‘conquered’ them, and they used power to subjugate the poor ("The Hunger Games: Themes and Construction"). ‘Panem et circenses’ means ‘bread and circuses’ in Latin, and this phrase was made by poet Juvenal to make the despotism of Rome less prevalent, and everything should and must be done in order for the happiness and merriment for the people of Rome, just as the Hunger Games is conducted for the happiness and merriment of the people of Panem. It keeps people from rebelling so they can retain power.
Also, the arena that people that participate in the Hunger Games is very violent and deadly, and just as in the Roman Colosseum ,which sat 50,000 people, it was used for the entertainment of the Roman people. There were gladiator contests that were held at the colosseum very often that drew viewers from all over the Roman Empire, and they made many soldiers fight to the death in order to please the crowds. This was later condemned by human rights activists, just as Katniss has hinted at whe...
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...he news and got inspiration for the book from this. The intense suffering in the Iraq mirrors the suffering of the kids in the novel, the Hunger Games (McGuire).
Just as Katniss suffered without food from the government of the Capitol, the people of the Iraqi Kurdistan had no governmental support for their needs. The only way the contestants which are participating in the Hunger Games could get food safely was to get sponsored by their supporters. Haymitch worked to give food and resources to Peeta and Katniss. This is in parallel to the people of Iraqi Kurdistan, who got much food and supplies through generous western donations, but only if they were behaving well and not getting into many conflicts with the other Iraqi civilians, so behaving attractable for western donors (Tom Henthorne, "Dystopia with a Difference: The Lessons of Panem and District 13." 108-124).
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