At first glance, this fictional story seems absurd, far-fetched, but if we think about what we live through in the political climate of America today, it might not seem so outlandish.
The Gamemakers have all of the power, able to manipulate the mayors (political figures) of each district to do their bidding. Only a handful of Gamemakers exist, but they are powerful, controlling just about everything connected to the Hunger Games themselves.
In the current Republican political primaries, there are only a few contributors backing the candidates. By the way, this is not meant to be a partisan attack on either side of the aisle. The point is that the Gamemakers in the novel are much like the real gamemakers in the political realm in America, pitting (for sport) one candidate against another. And the real sport, the one with real lives in the balance, is each district pitted against another, not just in the Hunger Games, but in everyday life.
Similarly, are classes not pitted against one another? Are ethnicities not pitted against one another? Are religions not pitted against one another? Are sexual orientations not pitted against one another? Are sexual orientations not pitted against one another?
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