Catching Fire, positive and negative reinforcement in the 2nd book of The Hunger Games

by Andrea Elizabeth

I had it in the back of my mind during the first book, but now (up to page 29) that Katniss has met the president of the Capitol, I’m wondering if he represents some people’s ideas about God. He’s the one behind the Hunger Games and knows everything that’s going on and seems to be able to see into people’s hearts. He exploits people’s feelings, and can manipulate circumstances to achieve his own ends: utter subjection of the people in the districts in order to pamper the people in the Capitol for I don’t know what reason.

It strikes me that some could view God as doing this with the proof text of ‘all things work together for good for the sake of those who love God and are called according to his purpose.’ And the part about some vessels being made for dishonor and some for honor. But in The Hunger Games, it’s all coerced, not a reward or punishment for love. There’s rewards and punishments, mostly punishments in the districts and mostly rewards in the Capitol, for obedience. Rebellion is not tolerated.

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