In the new release section I found Mockingjay or the third installment of the HUNGER GAMES!!!! I had already read this book so I cheated and thought it would make this weeks blog easier. Plus if you haven’t read it, it is loaded with lots of ethical and political questions. If you guys don’t know what the Hunger Games are about get out of the hole you have been living in and join society. I’m not saying you have to read it because in my opinion it is poorly written and predictable; however you would have to go out of your way to not know the basic plot. For those of you who are too far into the Bucknell bubble, I will briefly explain the overall plot. There are 12 districts and every year 2 tributes from each district (a male and female under the age of 18) are chosen to battle to death until only 1 survives. Talk about you morbid kids novel. Anyways SPOILER ALERT the main character Katniss and her sweet lover Peeta (both from district 12) manage to foil the capital and they are both crowned victors. Now we jump to book three where Katniss is starting to revolt against the capital with her other, more bad ass lover, Gale or more importantly, Liam Hemsworth. In an attempt to subdue the firery Katniss, Capital has captured Peeta! I won’t ruin the ending of this novel in case you are actually unsure if Katniss succeeds or not and I won’t reveal which lover Katniss chooses in the end. Which I have to confess before I saw the movie I was on team Peeta but after seeing Liam I’ve converted to team Gale.
Now in this savage love triangle of a book you might wonder how does this relate to Business Government and Society. This book is riddled with ethical dilemmas like how Katniss initially pretends to be in love with Peeta to get sponsors to send her stuff in the arena. That is similar to a business faking their mission or even their reason for “going green” just to make a profit. Do the ends justify the means? In the third book the capital claims that they use the hunger games in order to control the districts. They claim that when the districts revolt more die and suffer than in the hunger games. Some say they could claim they are using utilitarian ethics. However I think the slaughter of innocent children for fun can never really be “ethical”. These books bring up many ethical questions but in the end they leave you pessimistic and dubious to everyone else’s motives.