Current events have always been a source of conflict for me since I feel there are numerous ways people are suffering around the world. Reading constantly about executions, social prejudices and political corruption forces me to believe there is relatively nothing I can do to alleviate any pain people are put through. Although dystopian societies are thought to be exaggerations of our own societies, I argue that these societies offer more than simple comparisons to our reality. In some ways, they reflect events that are either occurring or have occurred in our society. By reading Ship Breaker, Hunger Games and Red Queen, I have noticed that these societies are divided into a “superior” upper class and “inferior” lower class. Despite not having a distinct upper class which controls the political system, our society undeniably contains wide social gaps between the poor and the rich.
After reading Hunger Games, Ship Breaker and Red Queen, I realized that these authors were describing the prominent inequalities found in our society through poverty and social gaps. While the rich became richer and thrived off of the expenses the poor made, it seemed that the poor became an overwhelming majority of citizens which lived in awful conditions. In all three of these novels, main characters recognized the social gaps in their society and found ways to rebel against these social inequalities. Although such subjects may seem foreign to our own society; similar to the characters in the book, people around the world live in poverty and only a small percentage live in the upper class.
In reality, approximately a third of the world’s population survives on less than two dollars a day. People in these societies often walk several miles in order to obtain basic needs such as water and wood. Education in these developing countries is barely available, leaving children without a means to obtain primary and secondary educations. Since these people have almost no way to pay for food, they do not have the means to afford medical attention and will oftentimes die from a preventable cause, specifically curable diseases or hunger. Although many people believe that these conditions exist solely in developing countries, poverty continues to affect us all in a global scale, even the richest countries (Ambrose).
Despite being closed off to reading current events, I have come to realize that impoverished situations do not just occur in dystopian novels. In fact, people living in poverty around the world suffer more than any characters in books. People struggle to survive due to preventable diseases, starvation and exposure to harsh environmental conditions. Although dystopias recognize poverty in their societies, authors do not go anywhere near the awful conditions that people live in in reality. Reading dystopias such as The Hunger Games, Ship Breaker and Red Queen, I have come to recognize that social gaps, especially between the lower class and upper class, continue to widen and to worsen in reality.
Here are some websites concerning poverty in the world:
The Reality of Global Poverty- https://realtruth.org/articles/080325-001-economy.html
The Growing Poverty Problem in America’s Schools- http://money.cnn.com/2015/01/29/news/economy/poverty-schools/
Facts about Global Poverty- https://www.dosomething.org/us/facts/11-facts-about-global-poverty