Hunger Games - Survival vs. Humanity

  • District 12 is a place of hunger and starvation.

    This is where many people die from starvation or steal food to survive. The story begins by showing how people often depend on survival rather than what is humane and moral.
  • The History of the Hunger Games

    A result of loss of humanity as every district sacrifices one boy and one girl to the games.
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    Hunger Games Chapters

  • Gamemaker's interest in food rather than people

    The Gamemakers pay more attention to their food than the participants, showing lack of interest or concern about the adolescents who were about to die.
    "Suddenly I am furious, that with my life on the line, they don't even have the decency to pay attention to me." - page 101
  • Peeta wants to die as himself, not a monster.

    Peeta tells Katniss that his only wish for the games is to die as the human he is, rather than what the games turns him into - a bloody murderer.
    "I don't know how to say it exactly. Only... I want to die as myself... I don't want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not." - page 141
  • Chapter 18 - Katniss discovers what Peeta's words mean.

    A tragic event occurs and Katniss realizes what Peeta meant when he said he didn't want to die a monster. She realizes that they are all merely pawns in the Capitol's Hunger Games and their humanity means nothing to them. It's all about surivival, no matter who or what dies.
  • Katniss kills out of mercy, not hatred

    One of the remaining tributes is horribly wounded, but is not killed. Katniss, as a sign that humanity can still be found, kills the person to spare them the pain and misery rather than to let them suffer.