According to vocabulary.com, totalitarianism is defined as “being ruled by a dictator, and there is very little or no freedom. In totalitarianism, the government controls almost every aspect of life.” Since here in the United States we have a democratic government, it is very scary to think that this type of government is still used in some areas of the world. Places like Iraq, China and North Korea all are under totalitarian regime today, or were recently under totalitarian regime. In these areas, the government controls everything.
Unlike in the United States, areas under totalitarian regime have no freedom of speech. Everything is censored from their newspapers to their speech, even to the information on the Internet. The government has control over everything from social, cultural and economic aspects of everybody’s lives. Basically, in a totalitarian government, the people have no control over their lives and everything is regulated by the government.
After learning what totalitarianism is, and reading the Hunger Games, it is very clear that Panem is a totalitarian regime. The government controls all twelve districts. They give each district a job. They regulate food among the districts. They even control the communication among the districts. The only source of information comes from The Capitol, so they regulate their knowledge of what is going on throughout the districts and throughout the capitol.
There are numerous examples of this throughout the Hunger Games trilogy. The Capitol controls communication among the districts, which plays a large role in none of the districts rebelling for the first 75 years after the Dark Days. Even when districts begin to rebel in Catching Fire, it is not very well known among all the districts until later on in the book.
Another example of totalitarianism government from the book is the games themselves. Obviously most of the districts don’t want any of their children to go into the games, but The Capitol forces each district to provide one girl and one boy each year into the games. The Capitol also aids districts 1, 2 and 4, so there are many victors from these districts. As Henthorne states, “These children who are selected by the lottery are transported to The Capitol, offered minimal training in survival skills and weaponry, and then sent into an elaborate, outdoor arena where they must fend for themselves.” In districts 1, 2 and 4, the tributes are known as The Careers. While The Capitol technically doesn’t allow the districts to train their children for the games, The Careers do train and The Capitol turns a blind eye to it. Since The Capitol has control over everything, there is nothing the other districts can do except hope that one of their tributes is the victor, though it is fairly unlikely.
It is very interesting reading about a totalitarianism government, and realizing that this type of power is still used today. It is also very interesting to see how much Panem represents a totalitarian regime. I never really realized that The Capitol represents a real type of government, and it is very scary to think that things like this can actually occur in other countries with this type of government.
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