"Hunger Games"--The Orwellian Theme Behind the Movie [Excerpts]
I heard no laughter while watching The Hunger Games on opening day. Just sober silence. This teenage movie -- set in a totalitarian world that supposedly replaced a broken America -- shows the grim struggle for survival in a world without God, hope or meaning. The only "higher power" is a heartless government that supplies its own choice of artificial thrills and trials. And the people suffer.
The book behind the movie was published by the prominent Scholastic [Press]. It brought us the Harry Potter series and countless other books promoting witchcraft and the occult. By marketing its books through our education system, Scholastic may have done more to distort history, mythologize truth and promote moral and spiritual corruption among children than any other publisher.
If you have children in public schools, they probably read the Weekly Reader, which offers news and current events from a strictly non-Christian perspective. It's publisher, the Weekly Reader Corporation, is owned by Scholastic.
Let me warn you: the movie is just as seductive as the book; perhaps more so, since the written message is joined to unforgettable visual images. It draws its fans into the oppressive, futuristic nation called Panem (from "Panem et Circenses" meaning "Bread and Circuses") that supposedly replaced America. The current dictator rules Panem's 12 Districts from the mighty Capitol somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. With well-trained underlings to fulfill his commands, he can monitor the masses, manipulate weather, and quench revolts initiated by the poor, discontented serfs.
The fictional history tells us that the Hunger Games began in the wake of a revolution seventy-five years earlier. Each year since then, twenty-four young Tributes -- ages 12 through 18 -- have been chosen by lottery in each of the 12 Districts. They will be trained to kill, then transported to a selected area -- probably in the Rockies. Their only assignment is to try to survive by killing each other. At the end, the sole survivor will be celebrated as a national treasure and a promotional puppet.
The surreal purpose of this annual event is to control, not entertain, the masses. Panem's yearly battle sows fear, not cheer, even though the rulers demand celebrations.
Does that remind you of the Roman Coliseum where trained gladiators and faithful Christian fought to death as huge crowds celebrated?