The Hunger Games
Sociology of “Hunger Games”
The nation of Panem has risen out of the ravaged ruins of what was once known as North America. 74 years ago, the poverty-stricken districts of Panem rebelled against the wealthy, controlling the Capitol. After its crushing victory, the Capitol devised the Hunger Games as an annual reminder to the twelve districts of its authority, and as continuing punishment for the rebellion. Every year, each district must hold a raffle (known as the “reaping”) to choose one boy and one girl (ranging from age 12–18) to participate in the Hunger Games, a competition in which each of the twenty-four contestants (known as “tributes”) fight to the death in a televised arena until only one is left alive.
This is the story of the 74th Hunger Games and at the center of it is Katniss Everdeen, a resident of the poorest of all the districts, District 12. During “The Reaping”, the “Tribute” selection comes to pass and is where Katniss ultimately volunteers to fight after her sister’s name is drawn from the fish bowl.
Her male counterpart is the baker’s son, Peeta Melark. Per the rules, only one or neither of these two combatants will ever return to District 12 alive. “The Hunger Games” are treated as just that, games, they are televised in the Capitol and all 12 Districts as people look on, the members of the Capitol cheering along the way and members of each District looking on in sadness as their children are murdered for the satisfaction of the oppressive government. After the tributes are selected they are taken by train to the Capitol. On the train and in the capitol you can see the apparent culture shock in the face of the 2 district 12 contestants. Coming from the poorest district modeled after the coal mining era, where most people live in absolute poverty Peeta and Katniss are taken back by the surplus of luxury and wealth exhibited by the Capitol. The Games are held in an arena in a forested area. When they begin, Katniss rushes away from the excitement of the initial bloodbath and uses her hunting/survival skills to develop a strategy. She sleeps in trees and hunts game.
Each night, faces of the dead are broadcast into the sky. As she stays hidden, she learns that Peeta has allied himself with the “Career Tributes,” those tributes from the richer districts who train their entire lives for the Games. The game makers announce that the rules have changed, and that the two tributes from a district can serve as co-victors. She then finds Peeta, who was cut badly after helping Katniss escape the Careers. She does her best to help him recover. They spend days growing closer in a cave, they prepare themselves and head out to face Cato, the only other surviving tribute. But their main challenge turns out not to be Cato, but several wolf-man creatures unleashed by the Game makers, creatures reanimated from the corpses of dead tributes. Katniss and Peeta escape by climbing to higher ground, while the other tribute falls and is tortured by the creatures. Finally, Katniss kills the tribute with her arrow out of mercy. They have won the Games, but the Game makers rescind the rule about dual victors. Peeta and Katniss threaten to commit suicide, which would ruin the Games, and they are hence awarded a dual victory.
The social conflict theory is a struggle between different segments of a society over often limited and valuable resources, needed for that segments survival. This is seen in majority of districts as the citizens of each district struggle to survive and obtain resources such as food, water, clothing, and shelter. They are also exploited for their districts specific resources like fish, coal, and steel to name a few by the ubber rich Capitalist ( those who live in the capitol). This reminded me of our reading and discussions about the Congo. In the Congo the poor native people were controlled by the rich looking to exploit them of their resources. The conflict theory is even exhibited in a more literal sense in the actual “Hunger Games” competition as tributes battle to the death over resources to survive.
The division of the districts, each district has a specific area of production. Ex. District 1-Luxury items, District 4- Fishes, District 11- Agriculture, and District 12- Coal Miners. All districts produce their items for the rich and powerful Capitol. This can be viewed as a division of labor. Each district has a specific job, a specific labor that contributes to the whole nation but mostly to the Capitol. The first 2 districts live comfortably while as the number of the district increases their quality of living decreases. Because of this caste system those born into one of the districts have very little if any opportunity for advancement in the class system and are generally stuck in their respective district.
Their treatment and control of the poor districts can also fall under structural functionalism. Looking at each district as if they were gears in a motor, if you would remove one the system as a whole would start to fail. Looking at it from that perspective one would argue that if there was not a class system in this case a district system, who would mine coal or fish to support the capitol? This is a key question when examining the structural functionalism of the “Hunger Games”. Since the rich elitists of the capitol lack the ability of self-sustainment the poor serve a purpose, and without them life would not be as comfortable for the Capitalist. So most all of the citizens of the Capitol do not feel bad for the poor districts, they actually view it as if they were helping them, giving them a purpose and a means of living. The government perpetuates the ideology that their society must be structured this way for there to be peace and order.
Sound familiar? Even in our world the rich are always pointing out how poverty is necessary. For jobs to be done that middle and upper class wouldn’t do you need a lower class willing to work longer days, more extreme conditions and often for less pay. This could been seen today in arguments for immigration reform and amnesty for undocumented immigrants. Supporters of amnesty often point out that it is usually the undocumented immigrants that will work the fruit fields and other demanding low paying jobs that majority of Americans would not, allowing fruits and vegetables to make it from farm to store and eventually our table. So using my sociological lenses to view this argument I could clearly see the need for poor undocumented immigrants for our society to progress smoothly.
Socialization plays a major part in this film. It is evident in the different behaviors and values, and ideologies. Socialization determines how a society is run. Those from the Capitol dress in futuristic wildly colorful fashions, dye their hair bright colors, wear extravagant makeup. When we see the citizens of District 12, they are dressed in old, dirty clothing of the coal mining era and obviously no makeup or hair dyes. When the reaping takes place, the children are dressed their best, wearing their cleanest dresses and cleaning up in an attempt to look semi self-respectable and to show some pride. Both the citizens of the district as well as those of the Capitol have differing views of the games. To majority of the districts the annual Hunger Games are terrifying and difficult to watch. The citizens of the capitol on the other hand view it as an exciting sporting event, just entertainment for them.
The difference was easily noticeable throughout the movie, there were many times when you could notice the fear of the games in the tributes and how the Capitol citizens congratulate the tributes as if it was an honor to be forced to kill or be killed. There was also a few moments exampling deviance in this movie. Through the eyes of the Capitol Katniss is the very epitome of a deviant in one scene she shot an arrow past the game makers’ heads to grab their attention then bows and says thanks for the consideration. Another good example of deviant behavior was when one of the tributes was murdered Katniss went to the nearest camera and held up 3 fingers which is in my understanding some sort of symbol for unity and respect throughout the districts and sparked the rebellion in District 11. Katniss and Peeta also show deviance at the end of Hunger Games when told that there could only be on winner they were going to eat the poison berries which would have rendered the Hunger Games pointless and most likely would have incited mass riots throughout the districts which led to the game makers allowing duel winners as promised.
This is an amazing film exemplifying the different sociological theories. There are so many aspects of this film that relate to our real life society, many exaggerated but still the underlying message of inequality throughout the social class is dead on. One can easily see the caste system of class differing among the Districts as well as the Capitol, the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor. The rich exploit and otherwise make excuses justifying the need for a class system which only benefits them (sounds like American politics). I have watched this movie numerous times but it wasn’t until gaining my sociological imagination that I was able to see the underlying messages being brought forward in this film and I would strongly recommend this movie to all sociology students.
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The Hunger Games Task Sheet
The Hunger Games Task Sheet
Part One: Chapters 1-2
Standard Focus: The Cast Of Characters
Katniss – Is the girl who cares for her family by hunting as well as emotionally during her mother’s ongoing depression. Primrose – Twelve-year-old sister of Katniss. She is the one person Katniss knows she loves. Rest of Characters:
Gale- Is the best friend and hunting partner of Katniss Everdeen. Peeta Mellark – The boy tribute of District 12.
Haymitch Abernathy – A past winner of the Hunger Games from District 12.
Has an alcohol issue. Effie Trinket – The Capitol representative from District 12. She is overly happy and chippy. Madge Undersee – The mayor’s daughter. Surprisingly kind to Katniss. Settings:
District 12 – The mining district of the 12 Districts. It is very rough for people to live here due to poorness and barely have enough to feed themselves. The poorest part is the Seam. The Capitol – Is the main city where the Hunger Games are held. It is known for its retrospective lifestyle.
Part One: Chapters 1-2
Note-Taking and Summarizing: Chapters 1-2
Main Events of Chapter – The Reaping, Katniss’s illegal hunting, The Hob trades, the memory of the death of her father. Characters – Gale, Katniss’s Mother, Katniss, Primrose, Effie Trinket, Haymitch Abernathy. Setting – District 12, Reaping Stage, Katniss’s Home, Forest. Primary Conflict – The Reaping because it outlined the main characters from the others. Thoughts, Feelings or Predictions – I feel Peeta is going to be quiet but nice further on as he is a little bit shy. Thematic issues being raised – Coming of Age, rites of passage, dangers of an oppressive society, inhumanity,
Part One: Chapters 3-4
Note-Taking and Summarizing: Chapters 3-4
Main Events of Chapter – Justice Building, Boarding of the train, Haymitch punching Peeta, Katniss nearly stabbing Haymitch. Characters – Haymitch Abernathy, Katniss Everdeen, Effie Trinket, Peeta Mellark, Peeta’s Dad, Madge Undersee, Primrose Everdeen, Katniss’s Mother, Gale Setting – Capitol Train, Justice Building
Primary Conflict – The talk on the train because it show how tempered each character can be. Thoughts, Feelings or Predictions – I predict Haymitch might sober up a little bit to help out the state of being a mentor. Thematic Issues being raised – Alcoholism, Rage
Part One: Chapters 5-6
1. The purpose of the Remake Center is to make the tributes feel ‘attractive’ for the high class people of The Capitol 2. Katniss was worrying about what she will be wearing for the opening ceremonies because tributes are dressed up as their Districts and their district is coal, so she thought they might have something nothing more than an eyesore. 3. The costume is so important because it has to be remembered and recognized so that they may receive packages during the Hunger Games from sponsors. 4. Cinna is extremely different to Flavius and Octavia because he doesn’t wear as much make-up and dress himself up flamboyantly. 5. The crowd’s reaction to Peeta and Katniss’s costumes were gob smacked and amazed as they have never seen two tributes on fire before. 6. Katniss means that when she says ‘ two can play at this game’ then kisses Peeta is that she thinks Peeta is trying to over smart Peeta because she thinks he is playing her to deceive but she counteracts by surprising him with a kiss.
1. The roof is safe for Peeta and Katniss to talk because if they try to escape the Hunger Games by committing suicide by jumping off the roof they would bounce right back off as a result of an invisible wall around the roof. 2. The training center is very different to District 12 because they have everything to cater for your needs but in the Seam you have to forage for your own materials and build your own equipment. 3. Effie Trinket is a person more suited to The Capitol as she dresses up really fluorescently and always has an upbeat tempo. 4. An Avox is a thief whose tongue has been cut off.
5. Katniss knows the Avox from a time in the forest where she and Gale were hunting and the Avox girl was running away from a Capitol hovercraft and she asked Katniss for help but none was given.
Part One: Chapters 7-9
Note-Taking and Summarizing: Chapters 7-9
Main Events of the Chapter – Training area, Private Sessions with the game makers, the interview, Katniss makes peace with the Avox girl.
Characters – Caesar Flickerman, Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, Haymitch Abernathy, Cinna, Prep Team, Effie Trinket, Rue, Red-Headed Avox girl
Setting – Panem, Training area, Private quarters, Interview area
Primary Conflict – When Katniss shot the arrow was the primary conflict because it let the Game Makers know that she was here to win and not to be disregarded.
Thoughts, Feeling or Predictions – I feel Peeta exclaiming i=his love for Katniss will anger Katniss and make her feel confused about what to do.
Thematic Issues being raised- Privacy being invaded
Part One: Chapters 7-9
Standard Focus: Character Analysis
Chapter & Page | Event or Description| What does this tell us about Katniss?| Chapter 1,p. 7| Katniss killed lynx because he scared off game. ‘… he wasn’t bad company. But I got a decent price for his pelt’| It shows that she isn’t afraid to ward off competitors for the benefit of her getting an advantage.| Chapter 1,p. 8| ‘But to be honest, I’m not the forgiving type.’| Katniss isn’t a person to forgive because she has grown untrustworthy from her family problems| Chapter 1,p. 14| ‘But what good is yelling about the Capitol in the middle of the wood? It doesn’t change anything. It doesn’t make things fair.| She feels as though she needs to express her emotions directly to her main problem but not in a subtle way.| Chapter 2,p. 32| ‘I feel like I owe him something, and I hate owing people.’ | Katniss doesn’t like to be in debt to others. She likes her independence.| Chapter 4,p. 49| ‘A kind Peeta Mellark is far more dangerous to me than an unkind one. Kind people have a way of working their way inside me.’| She accepts kind-hearted people more than dangerous people because she misses the caring fell as her father died and her mother is in a deep depression.|
Chapter 4, p. 51| ‘The woods became our savior, and each day I went a bit farther into its arms. It was slow-going at first, but I was determined to feed us.’| She had to overcome her fear of the woods at a young age to feed her starving family.| Chapter 5,p.72| ‘Peeta is planning how to kill you…He is luring you in to make you easy prey.’| She thinks she is aware of everything but doesn’t think that he is just trying to be kind.| Chapter 6,p. 85|
‘That I’m ashamed I never tried to help her in the woods. That I let the Capitol kill the boy and mutilate her without lifting a finger.’ | She thinks she should of helped the girl who got mutilated by the Capitol. She has a good conscience and has a compassion for others.| Chapter 7.p.102| ‘I pull an arrow from my quiver and send it straight at the game makers’ table… Everyone stares at me in disbelief’| She doesn’t believe in the exclusion of the game makers and how they cannot pay attention to the tributes as they are sacrificing their lives, This shows she is short-tempered and rebellious.| Chapter 9,p. 124| ‘I can feel my pulse pounding in my temples. It’s a relief to get my chair, because between the heels and my legs shaking, I’m afraid I’ll trip.’| She is nervous of her surroundings because she is not use to the attention and needs to relax in times of stress.|
Positive Qualities| Negative Qualities|
She looks out for her family:| She is suspicious:|
She is a good hunter| She is stubborn|
She cares for people who care for her| She is untrusting| She’s learnt about edible plants where she help others as well| She is sometimes defeatist| She is resourceful| She has a strong attitude|
She has a survival instinct| She is short-tempered|
Part Two: Chapters 10
1. Katniss was upset by Peeta’s proclamation of love because she thought it made her look weak. 2. Haymitch thinks it is good because it makes her look desirable. 3. Haymitch’s last piece of advice for Peeta and Katniss was ‘Stay Alive.’ 4. Their attitudes towards the arena are thinking on how it is going to change them and how they can stay themselves. 5. A tracker is a device that keeps track of the 24 tributes. 6. The Capitol makes the arenas into an attraction for tourists when the games are over. This shows that they are money-hungry. 7. Katniss’s is a gold Mockingjay pin.
8. I can infer that the girl from District 1 is a dirty fighter as she wanted to cheat by bringing a poison spiked ring. 9. I can relate to Katniss’s anxiety. When it was my first day of Turkish school I started to
feel nervous and didn’t want to go.
Part Two: Chapters 11-12
Note-Taking and Summarizing: Chapters 11-12
Main events of the chapter – Cornucopia’s bloodbath, beginning gong, Screening of the first tribute deaths, Girl who lights a fir gets killed, Peeta’s betrayal , Discovering the pond, Fire wall.
Characters – 24 Tribute, Cinna
Setting – The forest arena, Launch Room
Primary Conflict – Peeta’s betrayal against Katniss as he joins the Career tributes gong.
Thoughts, Feelings or Predictions – I feel Peeta might not have betrayed Katniss but tricking the Careers to get to the end then join with Katniss later on.
Thematic Issues being raised – Paranoia, Sleep Deprivation
Part Two: Chapters 13-14
1. The events that happen during the fire:
* Jacket catches on fire
* Katniss starts to feel asphyxiated
* Calf burnt by fireball
2. Katniss’s injuries as a result of the fire:
* Hand burnt
* Hands covered in red welts
* Burnt calf
* Hair singed
3. When Katniss climbs the tree the career start to surround her.
4. The new problem Katniss has while up in the safety of the tree is she has no food or a place to escape and hide.
5. The fire tells us that the audience likes action and danger in the arena.
6. Rue helped Katniss because she feels like she needs a mother-like figure so she helps Katniss to let her know that she wants to be an ally. She might become closer to Katniss further on in the games.
1. The tracker jackers are so dangerous because the can cause hallucinations and in serious cases death.
2. Katniss is a brave person because she starts to cut the branch even though she would get stung and doesn’t give up until she escapes.
3. I think Peeta acts the way he does so she doesn’t get killed as he really does care for her.
4. My theory is the when she killed two tributes and got away shows that she is a worthy adversary for other tributes. She is also a source of entertainment.
5. A bottle of water, another jacket as well as a bow and an arrow would be beneficial for Katniss at this time.
6. I predict Katniss will Hallucinate and faint as a result of the tracker jacker stings.
Part Two: Chapters 15-16
Note-Taking and Summarizing: Chapters 15-16
Anthem vs. Hunger Games
In today’s society, a lot of people tend to take for granted what they have. Every once and a while, something drastic will ensue them, and that’s when they finally grasp what’s been right in front of them the whole time. In many different societies, for example the societies in The Hunger Games, and Anthem, the individuals that are living there are forced to listen to the ruler, or rulers, do not have an opinion in some of the choices that are made for them, and are also forced to accept the rule of selflessness.
Based on the themes of the Power of Knowledge, the Image of Self, and the Consequences of Free Will, the novella, Anthem, and the film, The Hunger Games express similarities and differences regarding the dangers of a Totalitarian government and its effect on its citizens in order to teach the reader to be blessed that they have a democracy and that the individuals of the United States have it really easy compared to other countries, and even societies in books or movies.
The Power of Knowledge is the result of having or not having knowledge. Being knowledgeable is not just one quality, but is many and a process of learning, experiencing, knowing and understanding. In the book Anthem Equality 7-2521states, “But we must never speak of the times before the Great Rebirth, else we are sentenced to three years in the Palace of Corrective Detention” (Rand 19). This quote from Anthem is an important example of the Power of Knowledge because what Equality is saying is that every person in his town has the knowledge of what happened before the Great Rebirth, they just choose not to bring it up because they are petrified of what their punishments will be.
However, an example of the Power of Knowledge from The Hunger Games is when Katniss recognizes the weakness of Seneca Crane, which is not having a winner of this year’s game, and uses that to her best advantage to force Seneca to let both her and Peeta win. This is important because if Katniss had not realized that doing so was his weakness, she and Peeta would have both had to kill themselves because they did not want to live without each other. In conclusion to these two different pieces of evidence, they are also able to be compared by noticing the facts that if both these characters did not take into account the opinions or beliefs of others, there would never be a way to be different, or a way out.
Image of self is the way one views his or herself, the ability to know our own flaws, strengths, bad habits and limits. When life starts to get rigid, most people lose hope in themselves because they feel as if they are not sturdy enough to stand anymore. In a lot of books, or even movies, this is a major problem that most characters face. In this case, from Anthem, the teachers always pointed out the flaws in Equality 7-2521, “There is evil in your bones, Equality 7-2521, for your body has grown beyond the bodies of your brothers” (18). This quote would be essential to the topic of Image of Self, because Equality already knew that he had all these “different” qualities, and knew that he was diverse from his brothers, yet he tried to remain the same by ignoring them.
However in The Hunger Games, Katniss only sees the flaws that are in her, and chooses to ignore the compliments that everyone is saying to her. When life puts individuals in the situation that Katniss and Peeta are in in the film, it is important to deposit all the negatives away and to only focus on the positives, no matter how hard they may be to see. This is a contrast between the novella and the film because in Anthem Equality knows that he is different, but just ignores the fact that he can do nothing about it, but in The Hunger Games, Katniss does not let anyone try to make her better because she believes she will never be right, or in a way better than the other characters. Although the quotes are contrasting, the similarity in them is the fact that Equality and Katniss both know they are different than the rest, yet overcome them in some sort of way.
The last theme being focused on is Consequences of Free Will. Consequences of Free Will means a person innate ability to make decisions with his or herself. I n a dictatorship, or the governments in Anthem and The Hunger Games, individuals are owned by the group, and they also have no right to lead his or her own life. This is known as collectivism. In today’s society, making decisions for someone’s own good is very hard because everyone is trying to impress others. For example, in Anthem Equality states “It is a sin to think words no others think and to put them down upon a paper no others are to see” (17). The importance of this quote to the Consequences of Free will is that Equality is not able to express his own way of living because it is illegal to express his own being.
In The Hunger Games, something that readers would learn regarding the Consequences of Free Will would be the idea that the tributes did not really know who to trust, and when, because they did not know when that person would turn against them. Similarly, these two pieces of information would go to together by both dealing with the idea of being able to show a person’s own true colors. In addition to them being similar, they would differentiate by the thought of trust, and expression. In Anthem, we as readers are seeing the idea of expression, but in The Hunger Games, we are watching how others are putting their trust into some, and how they are also putting up walls to others.
Although these two societies are supposed to be completely different from the one that exists today, in some ways they could be seen as having the same “controlling” effect on the citizens. In our government, citizens have numerous more rights than other countries can even think of having, yet all of us choose to all try to be the same. Why is that? Why do individuals all strive to have the same hair, or wear the same clothes? Everyone should embrace our right to be dissimilar, and show the world that each and every one of us are not afraid to be ourselves, because there is no punishment that will be rewarded to us in long run.
Hunger Games, Film Essay
The movie ‘The Hunger Games’ directed by Gary Ross is an extraordinary fictional tale. A tale set in a futuristic dystopia society called ‘Panem’. This nation is divided into 12 districts and a capitol. Every year each district must offer two tributes a male and a female that must fight to the death until there is one remaining tribute out of twenty-four, who later becomes a victor. An interesting character in the film is Katniss Everdene, the films heroine. A District 12 citizen, katniss’s will to survive and furious attitude is shown from the moment we first see her on screen.
Throughout the games we see Katniss challenging the regime and having the will to survive. Even before Katniss enters the games we see her take a maternal role over Primrose, her younger sister. Katniss provides a living for them both. The level of maturity shown through the character Katniss makes her intriguing to the audience, making her and interesting character.
Throughout the film, character Katniss provided the audience with a sense of maternal values and wholesome family principals.
As food is scarce in District 12, Katniss hunts in the nearby district in order for her family to survive, despite the dictatorship her life is ruled by. A full shot of Katniss daringly venturing into a neighbouring district to provide food, shows us just how bad the situation is for the district. The fence that separates the districts can be seen for an immense way, and the close up of the high voltage sign provides us with the feeling of what Katniss would do for her family. This restores a sense of familiar family values to the audience. The director Gary Ross has deliberate used Katniss’s character to involve our own emotions and connect closer to the film through Katniss’s maternal instinct to keep her family alive. Gary Ross positioned the viewers to feel for her family and the community who are run by greedy sadistic dictators and we feel disgusted for those who try and run others lives through the enforcement of fear. Gary Ross uses Katniss to relate to our problems and us, viewers can understand the challenges Katniss goes through cause they are much like our own.
Katniss show the audience how everybody has the natural instinct to survive
when put in front of difficult situations. Before Katniss enters the games she comes across as stubborn and making friends is not her strong point. Katniss portrays a sympathetic and loving emotion during the games once Hamish, her mentor gave her wise words, ‘you have to make people like you’. Hamish being a past tribute, who became a victor, knows how the games must be played to win. A mid shot on Katniss’s face when told this captures her emotions in a way the lets the audience know the discomfort the news has brought her. Katniss preformed well during the games, and upheld a persona leading up to the games. Together Katniss and Peeta, the male tribute from district 12 forged a fake love for the satisfaction of the government. In a critical moment in the film after Peeta gets injured they use their ‘love’ to receive medication, A single kiss helped them get the suplies they needed with a note attached reading “you call that a kiss”. Katniss is willing to adapt to lying in order to survive. As the audience, we are positioned to understand to understand her point of view, Katniss does not enjoy killing, nor approve however in order to survive she is willing to do what is nessercery, and as viewers we asked left asking what would we do in this situation?
Through Katniss’s character, Gary Ross has led the audience to see how natural human emotions have led Katniss to rebel. A rebellion against the regime ordered by the totalatarian government. When a young girl named Rue from district 11 is murdered due to a consequence of the games, Katniss comforts her as she would with her younger sister, Primrose, this positions the audience to feel sympathy towards the tributes of the games, especially young Rue and we feel ashamed towards the form of entertainment enforced by the government. Katniss’s rebellion is sparked by Rue’s dying last wish ‘ you must win’. Rue is helping Katniss through her battle, so Katniss supports her by showing a symbol of respect towards district 11. Katniss holds up her three fingers towards the camera in a full shot angle to capture the significance of this tiny action. No past tribute has ever done this towards another tributes and Gary Ross uses this action to differentiate Katniss from the other tributes. Katniss’s action brought humanity to the games, which brought hope, and a lot of hope was unwelcome by the Capitol.
Social Criticism in the Hunger Games and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Social Criticism In The Hunger Games And Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland “Off with their heads!“ (Carroll 122) could be the motto of Suzanne Collins’ bestseller The Hunger Games. Published in 2008, the novel tells the dystopian story of Katniss, a young girl who has to participate in a fight-to-death-tournament with 23 other teenagers. Connoisseurs might have recognized the quotation of the classic Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, first published in 1865. Mostly known as a children’s book, the novel depicts the story of Alice a girl that finds herself in a wonderland, where she meets many curious people and gets confronted with arbitrary brutality.
Although they don’t seem to have much in common at first glance and have a totally different date of origin, both novels provide room for comparison in terms of their claim to criticize society. The protagonists constantly find themselves confronted with the theme of government oppression whether it is Katniss, having to accept the arbitrary rules set by the Capitol, or rather the Gamemakers or Alice, who has to cope with the tyrannical queen.
This confrontation leads to a reflection about the self, which both girls experience. Another theme worth comparing is therefore the depiction of identity formation and the chaos that comes with growing up.
As a last issue I will concentrate on the way Collins and Carroll contrast artificial and natural elements in their fantasy worlds. Government oppression is a topic unfortunately still current in our world and as well relevant to Katniss and Alice. Katniss, who after sacrificing herself for her sister Prim has to participate in the Hunger Games, experiences the Capitol’s control on her own body. It is already in the beginning of the novel, where the reader gets to know that “Starvation is not an uncommon fate in District 12” (Collins 33). The Capitol doesn’t provide enough food for the residents in the poorer Districts and that is why Katniss knows the feeling of being “desperate enough to eat [rotted vegetables at the grocer’s]” (Collins 35). The governmental control is present in all parts of Panem but especially shown in the set up of the Hunger Games designed by the Gamemakers. They are free to change the rules and manipulate the games whenever they feel that these are getting less entertaining for the audience. This includes, for instance, setting up a fire wall to drive together the Tributes. Katniss states that “everyone knows they could destroy [them] all within seconds” (Collins 214) but that they “don’t want [her] dead” (Collins 214) because the audience is attracted by her.
This is why she “only” gets hurt badly but doesn’t get killed during the Gamemaker’s intervention. As they announce the rule change, which declares both Tributes from one District as winners if they are the last ones to survive, their whole power becomes obvious. This shows not only their capability to arbitrarily manipulate the Tributes physically, but also on an emotional level because Katniss now sees the chance to return home with Peeta. Just as Katniss, Alice experiences government oppression, carried out by the Queen of Hearts. Already at their first meeting, Alice gets to know her oppressive nature when all of her followers anxiously “[throw] themselves flat upon their faces” (Carroll 118) as the Queen arrives. The extent of her horrific character is underlined as one gets to know that the Queen punished three of her gardeners to be beheaded for no apparent reason. “Off with their heads!” (Carroll 122) seems to be her favorite phrase, since “The Queen had only [this] one way of settling all difficulties, great or small” (Carroll 128).
The Queen’s Croquet Game can be compared to the Hunger Games in terms of setting arbitrary rules which please the oppressor: If someone doesn’t follow the Queen’s unfathomable rules, he is declared to be beheaded. The use of these arbitrary death sentences is similar to the manipulation the Gamemakers perform. They all have the goal to play with the affected person’s fear as a tool of social pressure. The capriciousness of the Queen’s decisions becomes even more obvious when Alice attends a trial where the Knave of Hearts is accused for having stolen some tarts which the Queen had made. Not only that the reason for this charge seems ridiculous but when finding no evidence the Queen just overrules the jury and the judge, which again underlines the oppressive power she possesses. Both novels, The Hunger Games and Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, therefore succeed in depicting arbitrary measures and brutality as a way to portray government oppression, personified by the Gamemakers and the Queen of Hearts. Being confronted with this oppression, both girls think about which place they take and self reflect their identities. According to Erik Erikson, an important developmental psychologist and psychoanalyst, “identity formation is one of the key tasks of adolescence.” (Beck, Earl 77). Relating to that, both novels deal with the fundamental topic of children’s development. Katniss, although being only age 16, can be described as comparatively mature, at first glance. Since her father died in a mine accident, she has to replace him in being the breadwinner of the family.
On closer examination, however, one discovers Katniss’ immaturity: she doesn’t seem to be able to organize her feelings, which lets her appear stubborn in some ways. This is for instance shown in the relationship to her mother who sinks into a deep depression after losing her husband. Katniss isn’t able to feel any compassion; her emotions could rather be described as contempt. Her insecurity concerning her emotions for Peeta underlines the impression of Katniss being an immature girl with puberty feelings. During the Hunger Games Katniss gets confronted with the effect her outward appearance and personality have on the audience, which gets her to think about who she is. This point marks the beginning of Katniss’ identity struggle that is led by the questions how she can preserve her (not yet found) identity in a world that forces her to kill and who she can trust in. Forced by the Capitol she takes the role of “the girl who was on fire”, pretends strength, even if feeling weak. Throughout the Games Katniss acts how she thinks the audience expects her to because she is dependent on its gifts and the goodwill of the sponsors. She never comes at ease with her personality and in the end still asks herself “who she is and who she is not” (Collins 450).The seven-year old Alice uses a very educated language, which makes her seem a lot more mature than other kids of her age, at first glance. But like Katniss, Alice shows her immaturity by her behavior, for instance by climbing into a rabbit hole “never once considering how in the world she was to get out again” (Carroll 8).
As Katniss, Alice isn’t able to cope with her thoughts and feelings, scolding herself “to go on crying in this way” (Carroll 22). With Alice’s entrance into the wonderland the identity struggle starts. She begins to ask herself if she has “been changed in the night” (Carroll 22) and “Who [she is] then?” (Carroll 26). Like Katniss, she is not sure what to trust in, which is shown when she finds the little bottle, because even if “it was all very well to say “Drink me”, […] the wise little Alice was not going to do that in a hurry” (Carroll 14). The process of shrinking and growing, which happens to Alice several times, can be seen as a metaphor for the puberty process and the chaos a child has to face while going through it. Just like Katniss, Alice gets confronted with the effect her changed outward appearance has on the characters that surround her.
She, for example, is prohibited from joining the trial, because “All persons more than a mile high [have] to leave the court” (Carroll 184). Additionally, the curious characters of the wonderland sometimes try to push her into a role, like the Pigeon that calls her “a serpent; and there’s no use denying it”, because it has “seen a good many little girls in [her] time, but never one with such a neck as that!” (Carroll 76). Even if Alice leaves the wonderland as a “giant” although entering it small, one never gets the feeling that she matures completely. Like Katniss’, Alice’s identity remains unstable till the end of the novel. All in all both girls see their selves in a situation, in which they are struggling with their identity, led by the question who they are, not coming to a conclusion. The two of them, Katniss and Alice feel themselves influenced by the pressure society lays on them by putting them into roles they don’t fit in. They are in a way captured in between their true nature and the artificial nature society wants them to be.
Both girls, Katniss and Alice, find themselves in fantasy worlds which are built up between natural and artificial elements. Katniss lives in the country of Panem, which is separated into the twelve Districts and the ruling Capitol. While the different Districts are left fairly natural, the Capitol builds the absolute contrast to these. When Katniss arrives in the ruling city she describes the “magnificence of the glittering buildings in a rainbow of hues that tower into the air, the shiny cars that roll down the wide paved streets, the oddly dressed people with bizarre hair and painted faces […]” (Collins 72) in colors that “seem artificial, the pinks to deep, […] the yellow painful to the eyes.” (Collins 72) As Katniss gets into the arena, the reader gets to know its’ set up, consisting of “a flat, open stretch of a ground […], a lake […] and sparse piney woods.” (Collins 180) But even if seeming quite natural at first glance there are as well artificial elements that characterize the arena. These are, for instance, the tracker jackers, a form of genetically altered wasps, which consist of “a distinctive solid gold body and a sting that raises a lump the size of a plum on contact.” (Collins 225) With this way of portraying nature and artificiality, Collins in a way also values these elements. Whereas nature, like the woods, represents a form of sanctuary for Katniss and therefore has a positive connotation, artificiality, as for instance represented by the members of the prep team, who are called “total idiots” (Collins 76) by Katniss, has a strong negative connotation. This depiction can also be transferred to Alice’ Adventures in Wonderland. As Katniss, Alice finds herself in a fantasy world that contains natural as well as artificial elements.
The setting of the wonderland can be described as quite natural, consisting of a pool, gardens and woods. However, there are also artificial elements that are represented by the wonderland’s inhabitants, mostly animals and game cards, which can talk and are called “mad” (Carroll 92). Not only in The Hunger Games but also in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland one can find genetically manipulated elements. These are, for instance, represented by a mushroom of which “’one side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter.’” (Carroll 72) or by a drink and a cake which lead to shrinking and growing as well. But, like for Katniss, it are the natural elements that represent security for Alice as she, for example, feels “herself safe in a thick wood.”(Carroll 60) With his way of connecting madness and manipulation to artificial and security to natural elements, Carroll, as Collins, attributes negative and positive connotations to these, leaving the reader with the question if the artificial state our society directs to is the right one. In summary, it can be stated that the two novels, even if seeming entirely different at first glance, take up similar points and use them as a criticism against society. It isn’t surprising that a topic like government oppression remains relevant in a period of over 100 years, since it has been current in the whole history of mankind.
Nevertheless, Collins and Carroll make us aware of the fact that, even if we feel ourselves living in a modern world, we are still oppressed and in a way demand to revolt against this. Another startling fact, presented by both authors, is the way social pressure influences our identity. Especially children can have a hard time, confronted with so many societal expectations they have to fulfill. It might be daring to say that Carroll uses the depiction of genetic alteration as a criticism of society, since he most likely couldn’t foresee the technical development our world has gained. Nevertheless, I would consider this way of contrasting artificiality and nature as a demand to contemplate to our true nature. Works cited Beck, John & Earl, Mary. Key Issues in secondary education. London: Continuum , 2003. Print. Carroll, Lewis. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland/ Alice im Wunderland. München: Deutscher Taschenbuch Verlag GmbH & Co. KG, 2012. Print. Collins; Suzanne. The Hunger Games. UK: Scholastic Ltd, 2009. Print.
Hunger Games Film Review
The film the Hunger Games gives out a hot, jumpy energy that’s irresistible. It has great romance, intensity and suspense. The Hunger Games is a mysterious, intriguing and thrill-seeking movie, it’s directed by Gary Ross and it’s based on the novel by Suzanne Collins. The film is set in a place called Panem in an unknown time in the future after the mass destruction of North America. The book starts off in District 12 which is a region that is poor and not as wealthy as other districts but is well-known for producing coal.
The games is organized and made by the Capitol for the 12 districts that rebelled and did things against the government. So as punishment each year on reaping day one male and female (between the ages of 12-18) are randomly selected from each district, in total there are 24 tributes that are forced to participate in the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is an on-screen event where the selected tributes must fight to the death in a dangerous outside arena.
The spectacular Jennifer Lawrence acting as Katniss Everdeen gives us a female warrior worth cheering and her remarkable partner Josh Hatcherson acts as Peeta Malark, in the beginning the two don’t know each other that well but eventually they become close overtime.
It’s quite obvious that Suzanne Collins didn’t get to help out for the film because in my opinion I think lots of parts from the movie were missed out and several bits went wrong so it wasn’t as faithful as the book. For example in the novel, some of these deaths are long so it showed the determination of some characters in their final moments. For instance, in a scene, Katniss rests and camps not far from a young female tribute that starts a campfire. After the girl is discovered, she is attacked and nearly killed by some of her associated tributes. But when they notice that she’s alive after the attack, Peeta is sent to finish her off. Also when Cato is faced against a group of vicious mutts, he survives for several hours before Katniss finally puts him out of his misery. However, in the movie the deaths of the tributes are done quickly. The girl discovered near the campfire was dying rapidly after she was attacked and Cato’s suffering only went on for a few moments until Katniss killed him. Another example is when the book included mutated versions of late tributes born-again as horrific and atrocious dogs. In the book, Katniss recognizes parts of the former tributes in the mutant dogs but in the film the dogs are nothing more than over-sized
The acting exceeded my expectations, bringing the characters to life. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss is remarkable, her performance shows a wide range of emotions from happy to sad, afraid to angry and desperate to confused. Josh Hutcherson as Peeta expresses the seriousness and courage of the character well and Liam Hemsworth as Gale shows tremendous skill at expressing so much meaning with just small movements. Among the supporting cast, Woody Harrelson as Haymitch stands out, wonderfully walking the character through an arc from drunken fatalism to bemused curiosity to persistent dedication to his mentees. Donald Sutherland plays President Snow as a deliciously understated villain; there is no cackling laugh or twirled moustache, but only the calm incisive patience of a calculating tyrant. Impressively and disturbingly at the same time, Alexander Ludwig and Isabelle Fuhrman are positively chilling as Cato and Clove, the District 2 tributes absolutely committed to the bloodthirsty viciousness of the Games – a stark contrast to Peeta, whose greatest fear is not death, but selling out to become the mindless monster the Capitol wants him to be. And Lenny Kravitz, too, proves why he was an inspired choice for the quiet yet influential Cinna.
Conflict in the Hunger Games
An important conflict in the novel ‘The Hunger Games’, by Suzanne Collins, is the conflict between the districts and the Capitol. This conflict is important to the text as a whole because the result of this conflict was the Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games are a punishment for a previous uprising, where two tributes from each district are chosen to fight to death in an arena. The main protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, becomes an important figurehead of the districts’ growing resentment of the Capitol when she takes the place of her younger sister Prim as a tribute in the Hunger Games. This essay will explore the reason behind the conflict, Katniss’ involvement in the conflict and the conflict’s importance to the novel as a whole.
The conflict between the districts and the Capitol exists because of the inequality between the rich Capitol and the poor districts. Katniss describes District 12 as a place “where you can starve to death in safety.” In contrast Katniss describes the Capitol with “the magnificence of it’s glistening buildings” and “where food appears at the press of a button.
” It is this inequality that caused conflict between the Capitol and the districts, leading to a previous uprising which saw the complete destruction of District 13 and the birth of the Hunger Games. As Katniss explains, the Hunger games were “the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy.” When Katniss volunteers as tribute in place of her sister, she becomes a key component in the ongoing conflict between the districts and the Capitol.
When Katniss volunteers as tribute for District 12, the district responds with a subtle form of rebellion which shows the conflict that exists between the districts and the Capitol. “To the everlasting credit of the people of district 12, not one person claps. I stand there unmoving while they take part in the boldest form of dissent they can manage. Silence. Which says we do not agree. We do not condone. All of this is wrong.” During the competition Katniss continues with these subtle forms of rebellion through wearing the Mockingjay pin, holding hands with Peeta at the opening ceremony, showing respect for her fallen comrade from district 11, Rue and finally with her and Peeta’s final stand.To deny the Capitol a victor for the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta threaten to kill themselves by eating the deadly nightlock berries. The Capitol are forced to declare two victors which causes even greater conflict between Katniss and the Capitol. As Haymitch explains, “The one thing the Capitol can’t stand is being laughed at and they are the joke of Panem.”
The conflict is based on the inequality between the rich Capitol and the poor districts. Through subtle acts of rebellion throughout the novel of the behalf of Katniss the conflict grows. This conflict is important to the text as a whole because without the conflict between the districts and the Capitol there would be no Hunger Games.
Hunger Games power of appearance
In the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the main character Katniss, is influenced not only be her personal wants and needs but also by the emotions of the people watching her. By carefully controlling the things she says and does, Katniss aims to present herself to the audience the way she wants them to percieve her. She aims to appear in love with Peeta in order to capture the hearts of the audience and the capital. She shows that she is smart and skilled in hopes of gaining sponsors.
Lastly, she acts innocent to deceive President Snow. Strategically, she appears each of these ways at different times all in hopes of staying alive, wining the games and hopefully returning home to her family.
While it may seem as if Katniss’ act to win over the audience began when she volunteered in place of her sister Prim at the reaping, this action came more out of love and protection for her sister than out of a desire to earn fans.
Her real act starts during the opening ceremonies. Throughout this time, she begins to realize that if she is going survive she will have to hide her often hostile and unfriendly demeanor and appear likable to the audience who is ultimately responsible for keeping her alive. Her mentor, Haymitch, tells her that she has “as much charm as a dead slug” (117) which will get her nowhere with her new audience. When she appears during the opening ceremonies in the gown of fire holding Peetas’ hand, they stun the people of the capital with their beauty and togetherness and win their hearts for the first time.
After this outing she must keep her appearance of togetherness strong if she has any desire to go far. Following the ceremonies, Peeta gave her a sweet smile, which she responds to with a kiss on the cheek all the while thinking to herself, “two can play that game” (72). This forced reaction is the start of her appearance and act of love. This desire to act in love with Peeta is the driving desire throughout the novel. This love is what really gives Katniss a chance in winning the games because not only does it make Katniss appear desirable, but also their togetherness makes the audience want them to survive.
When Peeta first tells the audience during his interview with Caesar Flickerman that there is “one girl”(138) he has had a crush on forever and follows this by saying “she came here with me”(138) the audience immediately knows it must be Katniss and their relationship as star crossed lovers becomes a genuine thing for the audience to follow. While in the arena, Katniss is initially on her own, but without her knowledge, Peeta is continuing their romantic appearance by making choices that help keep Katniss alive. The popularity of their romance is what Katniss believes led to the rule change allowing two tributes from the same district to win.
This rule change acted as the turning point in Katniss’ presentation of herself. Up until this point, all she has done is “managed not to kill him” (247) but when the rule changes she realizes it is time to fall in love again. She starts right away with a smile towards the camera in hopes of displaying to the capital her thrill that she no longer has to kill her one true love. Now it becomes Katniss’ turn to play into the “star crossed lover” theme by finding Peeta and saving his life. When caring for Peeta, she kisses him for the first time and is rewarded with a pot of hot broth and the connection between affection and rewards is cemented in place. If she wants to keep Peeta and herself alive she is going to have to give the audience something to really care about. “Star crossed lovers desperate to get home together. Two hearts beating as one. Romance,” (261) she thinks to herself, understanding that this is her ticket to win.
The appearance of love is very difficult for Katniss to portray because not only is she not in love with Peeta, but she has never been in love. She turns the cave that they take refuge in into a love nest to help develop their love story. They spend many nights curled up together with kisses strategically timed to strengthen their romance for the audience. “ I lean over and give Peeta a long, lingering kiss. I imagine the teary sighs emanating from the Capitol and pretend to brush away a tear of my own.”(281) Her believability is crucial to maintain fans and with time she hones her skills, knowing that the more in love she acts the better her chances of survival.
When it comes down to saving Peeta’s life, Katniss must go to the feast and get him the medicine. While she knows this is risking her life, she also knows that just sitting there and watching him die is not an option and “the audience would hate (her)”(275) for that. The audience support is crucial so late in the games and having them hate her is no way to receive any help. Again, as a result of her good acting the audience follows through by sending her sleep syrup for Peeta, which allows her to go to the feast and get what will hopefully be medicine. This medicine saved Peetas’ life, subsequently saving her lover act. When they are on the verge of starvation, she knows she must improve her appearance of love to the audience in order to get help from a sponsor. She does this expertly, when talking to Peeta about having her attention. She tells him he doesn’t, “have much competition anywhere” (302) followed by a meaningful kiss.
This does the trick and within a minute they are receiving a parachute filled with a feast and in her head she can hear Haymitches’ words saying, “Yes, that’s what I’m looking for sweetheart.”(302) If she had not played up their love in this situation they may have both starved to death ruining any chance of making it home. Her presentation of love continues until the very end, when they are the last two left and the rule changes to only allow one victor. How could Katniss possibly kill her “lover”? As an answer to this, they hold poisonous berries in their hands, kiss goodbye, and put them to their lips. In the nick of time, the trumpets blare announcing both as victors.
Their love, which Katniss played up throughout the games, allowed them both to survive and the audience to have their happy ending. The necessity to keep the appearance of love alive does not end after the games are over. Because of her stint with the berries in the arena, Katniss is in trouble with the capital for showing them up. Haymitch warns her that her only defense is that, “you were so madly in love you weren’t responsible for your actions” (357). Now appearing in love is not only directed towards the audience but specifically towards the Gamemakers and President Snow. Love kept her alive in the arena and she needs it again to stay alive now that she is out.
The girl-driven- crazy-by-love must now be coupled with an air of innocence if she wants to survive. As soon as she is in front of the audience and reunited with Peeta the desperation to look in love hits her, and she is practically on top of him kissing him all over. During the closing interview, her look of love is crucial and she follows through talking about how she first knew she was in love with him when there was the rule change and the “chance she could keep him”(368). She adds to this saying she is going to put him somewhere where he cannot get hurt, which is met with a sigh from the audience. When defending her decision with the berries she keeps the appearance going explaining what was going on in her mind, “I don’t know, I just.. Couldn’t bear the though of …being without him.”(369) This seals the deal of love and innocence, which keeps her and Peeta alive…for now.
While appearing in love with Peeta was the major way Katniss was able to get sponsors and survive, it was not the only way she aimed to present herself. Showing the audience that she was skilled, strong and smart was also an important part of her survival in the games. Not only were these attributes a literal part of her survival but by presenting herself strategically in these ways, coupled with her loveable side she was able to really win over her fan base. The first time the audience learns she is skilled is by her extremely high training room score of 11. She earns this score with her jaw dropping performance with the bow and arrow, but no one outside the game makers knows how she received it. After starting out with such a bang, once in the arena she must hold the audience’s attention if she wants to be noticed. She first thinks about her camera performance when she says, “I need to look one step ahead of the game,”(164) cocking her head slightly and giving the camera a knowing smile.
This occurs when faced with the surprise that Peeta has grouped up with the careers. She figures this way she can appear to the capital to be on top of things rather than show the perplexity she truly feels. When she senses that she has the screen of the capital, she is careful to hide her emotions and consider the reaction each of her behaviors might have. By hiding her emotions and showing her mental strength she shows the audience that she will be able to make it far in the games and that she is a deserving tribute for them to bet on and sponsor. She shows her physical strength after being attacked by the fire and contracting serious burns, “pity does not get you aid. Admirations at your refusal to give in do”(179) she thinks to herself as a response to her pain. Her perseverance shows that she is deserving of help when she really needs it.
The burn cream she receives that enables her to be productive again is a gift from sponsors that see her potential because the way she has presented herself. Katniss understands that the events in the arena are all for show and her ability to portray herself in certain fashions allow her to be partially in control of this show. Her ability to hone her appearance to be one of love, strength, skill and smarts is what in the end enables her to win the Hunger Games. If she had approached the games as a normal competition rather than a televised event, her success would have been arguably different.
Over the long hot summer I read an interesting book written by Suzanne Collins called The Hunger Games. It is an inspirational book about a small district in the post-apocalyptic nation of Panem in North America. The Hunger Games is an annual lottery in which one boy and one girl aged 12–18 from each of the twelve districts are selected to compete in a live televised battle to the death. This is an underdog story of Katniss Everdeen who is from district 12 a coal-mining district that is the poorest and least populated district.
She is able to come out victorious and find her love Peeta Mellark who is also from district 12. This story shows people our age that even through adversity if you work hard enough you can do anything you want to.
Katniss faced much adversity in her life from her father dying in a mine accident, her having to find food so her and her sister did not starve, and her taking the place of her sister when she is picked to take place in the hunger games.
This relates to a lot of people because we face challenges in everyday life, but like Katniss we must be able to overcome these challenges and make the best of it. Katniss also showed a lot of bravery by taking the places of her sister in The Hunger Games this act of bravery is something that many people would not do. If you want to be brave in your life you must be able to sacrifice yourself for another person this is another reason why I believe this book related to so many people.
I personally enjoyed this underdog story. The fact that the least likely winner of the games came out the winner makes the story great to me. I admire the bravery of Katniss for putting her life in danger to save her sister who I believe would have not survived the games. Another reason I like this book is because of the action and the fact that you must kill someone that might be your friend. It shows the desperation of people and how they fight to survive.
As I read the book my opinion of Peeta change by at first I thought he said he loved Katniss in the beginning to add publicity and to get Katniss to trust him, and then he would kill her. I was wrong and it turns out that he did love her and they would both win the games because they refused to kill
each other. This proves that you cannot judge some by there words but by there actions.
In conclusion The Hunger Games is a book about love, bravery, and trust. With out theses Katniss and Peeta would not have been able to survive. It is also a story of how underdogs can win no matter what the chances are. It is an inspirational story that I believe everyone should get the chances to read. These are the reasons why I enjoyed and would recommended this book to people my age.
Survival Through Harship – The Hunger Games
One motivating idea in ‘The Appetite Games’ by Suzanne Collins is survival through difficulty. In the unique, this concept is shown when Katniss endures the Cravings Games. It is inspiring since we discover that, even though there may be obstacles in our method, if we overcome hardships greatness can follow.
The idea of enduring through difficulty is revealed throughout Katniss’ life in the novel. She resides in the Seam, the poorest location of her district and given that her dad died at an early age, has actually been struggling to attend to her mom and more youthful sibling.
After barely enduring her childhood, Katniss takes part in The Cravings Games, an annual event that involves twenty 4 individuals who kill each other up until there is a sole victor- she survives the ordeal. During the Games, Katniss states to her new ally “I’m going to win for the both people now”. By telling Rue this, it reveals not only Rue, but likewise the readers that there can be hope despite the fact that there seem to be hardships on the horizon.
I believe that Katniss’ mindset and success revealed when she gets rid of the Games motivates strength and perseverance, inspiring the reader so they can see that even when times are hard, there is a method through it all.
Collins wished to teach us that it is possible to overcome such hardships if we hang on to hope and try our best to survive the events we are confronted with. In Nazi Germany, among the loss, there was survival and freedom that concerned some, such as the households that handled to leave or avoid Hitler’s prisoner-of-war camp. These individuals, like Katniss Everdeen, conquered their difficulties and brought hope to themselves and other individuals. This idea from the text influences the readers because we desire ‘proof’ that it is possible to get through hardships, and Collins offers it to us.
In ‘The Hunger Games’, the idea of survival through hardship is inspiring because in our world, many events and people can get in the way of success. Many times throughout the novel, the odds seem to be against Katniss, especially during the Games- she is in an arena with bloodthirsty adolescents, traps, and Game Makers who promote and encourage violence. Before she enters the arena, she muses- “A desert, a swamp, a frigid wasteland..” Katniss is showing us what she is afraid of, what she thinks the coming events might involve- of course it would be harder to survive in a desert than an arena with plentiful food and water. However, the arena turns out to be a forest, which I think gives Katniss hope because of her familiarity with the woods. She has been in forests often throughout her life so she is more comfortable in the arena , which gives her an advantage over the other tributes.
When obstacles like this appear to us, generally we push ourselves harder to overcome the challenge, especially if our prior knowledge can give us a ‘head start’. Collins wants us to see Katniss as a hero once we see her hardship. She helps us into that mindset by inserting various references from Ancient Rome and the gladiators- when they won and became victors, they were seen as true heroes. Suzanne Collins wants us to think about Katniss like that because she shows us the importance of overcoming fears and obstacles to survive. This is just one way to inspire us to get past our hardships- we will work harder to achieve and succeed because Katniss shows us it is possible.
In the novel, we also see that by overcoming hardships, we can be lead to greatness and success. By surviving the Games, Katniss shows us that one person alone can make a difference, even if it’s only by planting an idea in someone’s mind. She gives the districts – the poorer ones in particular- hope and happiness, and subconsciously shows them the confidence that rebellion can bring. When Katniss meets her mentor, he says “Did I actually get a pair of fighters this year?” Later in the novel we see that he did get a ‘pair of fighters’, which led him, and District Twelve, to greatness- Katniss and Peeta fought so hard to survive, they succeeded and became heroes throughout the districts.
I believe the more hardships we are faced with, the stronger we become, but it also comes down to your reaction to the obstacles. In comparison to Haymitch, who resorted to alcohol after his trauma- or perhaps Mrs. Everdeen who went into a silent depression after the death of her husband, Katniss seems strong because she faces her troubles and fears with bravery, simply ignoring her doubts and tries until she succeeds.
This makes us want to respect her and look up to her as a character. Collins gave Katniss a history of hardship to make her more likeable and respectable as a character, and also to relate her to other great historical figures. Nelson Mandela, for example, was faced with racial prejudice, but overcame those issues and soon brought faith and hope to manyaround the globe through his actions in South Africa. Showing us the greatness that survival can bring encourages us to be better people, and to inspire not only ourselves, but other people too.
In ‘The Hunger Games’ by Suzanne Collins, survival through hardship is an inspiring idea because it teaches us that even though people or events may try to get in our way, even though there may be no hope, success is always possible. We can always overcome the hardships we encounter and most of the time, our success will lead to greatness, happiness and hope.