Final Abstract for URS Program
A new form of government was introduced to the world in the 20th century: totalitarianism. This ideologically driven, power-hungry system was adopted by some of the most fearsome political leaders of modern times: Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini, and Mao; each of these figures adopted his own form of totalitarianism, and each used it to run a terror-filled regime where his word was law. This presentation will be an examination of totalitarianism through the use of Suzanne Collin’s series of novels, starting with Hunger Games. It will include an analysis of the regime presented within the books, an exploration of its representation of a totalitarian state, and an inquiry into how this work of literature can be used to promote social change and inspire action.