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  1. 1. Example  1   Student Example Dr. Kim Palmore EWRT 1A 20 November 2012 Solving Starvation With Factories Today starvation is still a major problem worldwide. Every year five million children die of poor nutrition (2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics). In the Book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, constant hunger and even deaths caused by starvation are not uncommon. In fact, in District Twelve, it is a major problem faced by almost all of its inhabitants. This problem both creates workers who can only perform at sub-par levels and causes deaths among many families who are unable to afford food. Katniss illustrates how frequent death by starvation is when she says, Starvation’s not an uncommon fate in District Twelve. Who hasn’t seen the victims? Older people who can’t work. Children from a family with too many to feed. Those injured in the mines. Straggling through the streets. And one day, you come upon them sitting motionless against a wall or lying in the Meadow, you hear the wails from a house, and the Peacekeepers are called in to retrieve the body (Collins 41). She goes on to tell her own story of how she nearly starved to death after her father died and her mother could not get a job. Katniss tells the story of how she looked through trash bins for food, “Perhaps a bone at the butcher’s or rotted vegetables at the grocer’s, something no one but my family was desperate enough to eat” (Collins 42). After finding nothing to eat Katniss gave up, “[Her] knees buckled and [she] slid down the tree trunk to its roots. It was too much. [She] was
  2. 2. Example  2   sick and weak and tired, oh, so tired. Let them call the Peacekeepers and take us to the community home, [she] thought. Or better yet, let me die right here in the rain” (Collins 43). If Peeta, the baker’s son had not thrown her a loaf of bread at her, Katniss along with her family would have died. Although Katniss was lucky enough to have someone take pity on her, many are not that fortunate and instead die of starvation. In order to combat starvation in District Twelve the Capitol should stimulate the economy by opening a food-packaging factory in District Twelve. Opening a factory in District Twelve would  be  a  relatively  inexpensive  way  of  solving   the  problem  of  starvation.  A  factory  would  provide  many  opportunities  for  new  workers   who  are  unable  to  work  in  the  existing  coalmines.  People  who  were  injured  working  in  the   coalmines,  or  are  not  able  to  do  the  hard  manual  labor  required  in  the  coalmines  would  still   be  able  to  find  a  job.  The  jobs  that  would  be  made  available  to  people  who  are  unable  to   work  in  the  mines  could  be  a  source  of  extra  income;  with  this  extra  income  many  families   would  be  able  to  afford  to  buy  food,  thus  combating  starvation  in  District  Twelve.  Not  only   would  the  people  have  more  money  to  buy  food,  but  also,  if  food  were  more  easily   accessible  the  workers  would  be  healthier  and  able  to  perform  better  on  the  job.       This  factory  would  not  only  benefit  the  people  of  District  Twelve,  but  the  Capitol   would  also  benefit  financially  as  well  as  being  able  to  better  supervise  the  people  of  District   Twelve.  Because  the  workers  in  District  Twelve  would  be  able  to  work  for  less  money,   while  still  being  able  to  survive,  the  Capitol  would  be  saving  money.  Also,  by  stimulating  the   economy  of  District  Twelve  and  putting  more  money  and  food  into  the  hands  of  its  people   the  Capitol  would  be  able  to  profit.  Because  the  people  would  have  more  expendable   income  they  would  be  able  to  afford  more  non-­‐essential  goods,  which  the  Capitol  could  sell  
  3. 3. Example  3   to  them.  The  capitol  could  also  employ  Peace  Keepers  in  managerial  positions  so  that  the   Capitol  official  would  be  able  to  better  supervise  the  citizens.    This  solution  ultimately   offers  a  win  for  both  the  Capitol  and  District  Twelve.       Although  some  may  be  weary  of  spending  the  initial  investment  to  build  a  factory,   this  method  has  been  implemented  in  the  past  with  great  results.  For  example  former   Secretary  of  Treasury  in  The  United  States,  Alexander  Hamilton  put  into  place  a  system  of   manufacturing  that  would  make  the  United  States  self  sufficient.  By  providing  the  initial   investment  to  build  factories  in  the  United  States,  they  were  able  to  manufacture  goods   within  the  country  and  boost  the  economy.  (Hamilton's Financial Plan)  This  same  tactic  was   used  Post  World  War  II  with  the  Employment  Act  of  1946  whose  main  goal  was  to   “Promote  maximum  employment,  production,  and  purchasing  power”  (Welsch  104).  This   act  was  put  in  place  to  increase  productions  of  goods  in  the  U.S.  by  building  more  factories.   These  factories,  which  manufactured  goods,  provided  jobs  for  many,  which  in  turn  put   money  in  many  people’s  pockets.  This  increased  their  purchasing  power,  so  that  they  were   now  able  to  buy  more  goods,  further  stimulating  the  economy.  It  is  evident  that  plans   similar  to  these  have  succeeded  and  will  benefit  both  the  Capitol  and  District  Twelve.       There  are  other  solutions  that  could  help  to  solve  the  problem  of  starvation  in   District  Twelve,  such  as  making  hunting  legal.  Legalizing  hunting  would  allow  citizens  to   trap  and  kill  their  own  food.  Although  this  solution  would  take  little  time  and  money  to  put   into  place,  the  overall  benefits  would  also  be  fewer.  Legalizing  hunting  would  require  more   patrol  in  the  woods,  which  in  turn  might  scare  away  animals  that  were  being  hunted.  The   number  of  hunters,  and  how  much  meat  they  were  able  to  catch  would  also  need  to  be  
  4. 4. Example  4   heavily  regulated  in  order  to  avoid  over  hunting  of  the  areas.  While  legalizing  hunting  takes   less  time  and  money,  it  would  also  be  much  harder  to  regulate.       The  capitol  could  also  distribute  food  to  District  Twelve.  This  would  solve  the   problem  of  starvation,  and  provide  healthier  workers,  but  it  would  have  minimal  benefits   to  the  Capitol.  The  Capitol  would  gain  better  workers,  but  they  would  not  be  making  much   of  a  financial  gain.  If  instead  the  Capitol  were  to  open  a  factory,  they  would  be  able  to  gain   healthier  workers,  as  well  as  make  a  profit.       By  opening  a  food-­‐packaging  factory  the  Capitol  would  be  helping  District  Twelve  to   build  a  better  economy,  as  well  as  reduce  the  number  of  deaths  caused  by  malnutrition  or   starvation.  By  providing  more  job  opportunities  in  District  Twelve  the  people  will  be  able   to  afford  to  feed  their  families,  as  well  as  be  able  to  further  stimulate  their  own  economy   with  their  purchasing  power.  If  the  issue  of  starvation  continues  to  go  unnoticed  and  is  not   fixed  the  District  will  continue  to  fall  into  the  vicious  cycle  of  poverty,  malnutrition,  and   starvation.  By  investing  the  money  needed  to  build  the  factory  the  Capitol  would  be  able  to   not  only  save  money  on  production,  but  also  make  a  profit  later  on.  Also  this  plan  would   help  to  build  healthier,  and  harder  working  employees  for  The  Capitol.  This  plan  provides   not  only  more  money,  but  also  a  better  future  for  both  The  Capitol  and  District  Twelve.                
  5. 5. Example  5   Works Cited "2012 World Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics." Hunger Noted. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. < 20facts%202002.htm>. Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print. "Hamilton's Financial Plan." Hamilton's Financial Plan []. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. <>. Welsch, Patrick J., and Gerry F. Welsch. Economics: Theory and Practice. New York: Harbourt Brace J, 1988. Print.