Literary Connections to The Hunger Games

Some students have asked about texts to read that have thematic connections to The Hunger Games. Here are some ideas:

In John Steinbeck’s The Grapes of Wrath, set during the Dust Bowl years in the United States, ordinary people struggle to stay alive in the Great Depression. Steinbeck vividly depicts the conflicts between poor farmers, bankers, and property owners.

The futuristic novels Brave New World, Nineteen Eighty- Four, and Fahrenheit 451 all reflect the rigid control and stratified society that we see in The Hunger Games trilogy, while Lord of the Flies explores how vicious young people can become when forced to survive in a wilderness setting. Research the cultures in their own lives and times that led Aldous Huxley, George Orwell, Ray Bradbury, and William Golding to create these bleak novels.

“The Lottery,”a short story by Shirley Jackson,first published in The New Yorker in 1948, is a chilling tale of ritualistic murder committed as a fertility rite in small- town America.

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