Life in the Capitol

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Life in the Capitol

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maig 26, 2011, 7:40pm

The more that I think about the people in the Capitol, the more that I am fascinated by them. How did they get so out of touch? Are their lives that empty that they have to dye their hair, skin, etc? Or is that just fun for them?

What do you think that it would really be like to live in the Capitol? Why do they not seem to feel any guilt for The Hunger Games contestants? These are all questions that still haunt me. I'd love to hear other people's opinions.

jul. 16, 2011, 12:36am

I think the Capitol is just a very extreme version of modern society. I mean VERY extreme. If you think about it, the people in the Capitol are just following fads when they dye their hair/skin, I don't think it's an emptiness thing that makes them do that, I think it's their society telling them what's pretty and in style. We face the same thing in magazines that are thoroughly Photoshopped and celebrities with "perfect" bodies. We also sit and watch people destroy themselves on television with reality TV. Granted, The Jersey Shore is no Hunger Games, but you see what I'm saying?

To make a different point, the people of the Capitol are still under the control of the Capitol (government). The Capitol has raised a bunch of mindless drones that will eat anything that's fed to them. In this way I don't think we're an extreme version of the Capitol (that would be bordering conspiracy).

I think the people of the Capitol are desensitized to what the Hunger Games actually mean, and since they aren't negatively affected by it, it would be easier for them to see no problem with it. Plus the Capitol (government) makes enough of a spectacle out of it with the opening ceremonies and the interviews and things that it makes it seem less like murder and more like a show.

I think it would be interesting if Collins went back and did some short stories about Capitol life, like what it's like for children there. They can't all be grownups, you know?

Well, that's my spiel. All my stated as my opinion.

jul. 19, 2011, 1:47pm

For the most part, totally agree with emmylikesbooks.

jul. 20, 2011, 5:29pm

>3 FantasyGirl2:: Same here!

jul. 20, 2011, 10:40pm

If you read Matched, did you find yourself saying, "Ah, this is what someone from the Capitol would be like!" I kept thinking that about Cassia and included those thoughts when I reviewed it.

ag. 21, 2011, 5:09pm

#4- same here! (lol)

nov. 30, 2011, 10:42am

I agree with everything you all are saying but with one slight difference. I do not think that the Capitol is so extreme compared to our current society. Unfortunately I think our society is a lot more similar to the Capitol then we would all like to admit. Fashion wise I do not see any real difference, just different fads. As far as accepting the Hunger Games, just look on youtube and the videos with the most views are usually people getting hurt and or nearly killed. Not to be a downer but that's just the what I think...unfortunately.

des. 8, 2011, 6:13pm

or um, sorry to be random but... bullfighting? is that not so different than sending innocent children to their death? what did that bull ever do to get in that ring?

des. 11, 2011, 4:47am

Well, you can argue that the bull isn't as concious as a human is. But the principle is the same - you take someone (something) you have control over, toss them in a ring and amuse people just because you can and to show your domination over them.

The Capitol is similar to our society. The better we live the more we will turn to other things for diversions.

gen. 26, 2012, 9:47pm

Oh, gosh. Horrible, but true. Only thing: I think that the Capitol is a little more extreme than modern society as we no it. I may be wrong, but I do not think people would stand for the Hunger Games.

gen. 28, 2012, 11:34am

I think we aren't far from it, but I agree

gen. 10, 2016, 8:57am

I found a cool map of Panem....I live in District 6!

abr. 3, 2016, 6:01pm

I agree with you. What you said is very true.

ag. 18, 2016, 12:10pm

Does anyone else live in District 6?

ag. 31, 2016, 7:37pm

I live in district 11. I actually live only a couple hours away from where they filmed most of the scenes from district 11.

set. 25, 2017, 12:25pm

How nice for you....

set. 27, 2017, 6:51pm

I think it's an extreme version of Hollywood. You see celebrities all the time with crazy styles, insane money, and very little grasp of what the common people go through. The different districts are the varying levels of "normal people". Capital 12 is more of the typical 1st world country person, still set aside from what the majority of people are going through, fed every day, but no where near as well off as the capital. Then there are the extremes where the districts that farm the food are starved to death representing our third world countries. That's just my interpretation.

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