The Hunger games
‘Happy Hunger games, and may the odds be ever
in your favor’
Explain the relevance of the title and think of a meaningful alternative
The title of the book is not really important for this part of the novel. In book three the meaning of Hunger games will be explained. The country Katniss lives in is Panem. An ancient phrase is Panem et Cercenses, what means: Bread and games. This phrase is used to entertain people. In the Hunger Games the Capitol hosts the annual hunger games, so people will always remember the power from the Capitol and that they should not rebel. An meaningful alternative could be Dead or Alive, or Fight for your life, because that is the most important note in the book.
The most important main character is Katniss Everdeen. Katniss Everdeen is an sixteen-years-old girl who lives in District 12 in Panem. She has a little sister, Primrose Everdeen. Katniss is a strong and intelligent girl, who provides food for her family. Her father died in an mine accident so she is the one to take care of the food. District 12 is a very poor part of Panem. People die there because of hungriness. Her best friend is Gale. They hunt together in the woods around district 12. Gale has a very big family. His father died at the same mine accident as Katniss’ dad. Katniss turns into a tribute in the Hunger Games because at the reaping her little sister Prim is being elected. She volunteers, and becomes the opponent of Peeta Mellark. In the Hunger games she keeps playing smart games en pulling tricks so she survives more and more. She teams up with the little girl from district 11, Rue. Rue looks a lot like Prim, and they become inseparable. When they pull a trick to blow up the food stock of the career tributes (tributes from the more wealthy districts, 1, 2 and 4 who really want to be in the hunger games) Rue dies. What I like about Katniss is how brave she is, how talented and how smart. By using all her survival skills
she completely outsmarts every tribute.
Peeta Mellark is the other tribute from district 12. He has been in love with Katniss ever since he was a little boy. He is the son of the baker and he is more wealthy than Katniss. When they were younger and she was starving, he threw a bread at her so she didn’t die from malnutrition. He teams up in the hunger games with the career tributes, but it’s all to save Katniss. I like about him that he does everything that is within his possibilities to save Katniss and make sure that she will survive the Hunger games.
Setting of the book and why it is so important
The setting of the book is in District 12 and the arena. It is really important for the book because there is a clear division between the rich districts and the poor ones.
Two important events
The first important event is the reaping. This event entitles the rest of the novel because now it is Katniss who will tribute in the Hunger games instead of her younger sister Primrose. If Primrose was the one who would be a tribute, the book would be completely different. Besides, Peeta is the other chosen one. Because she owes her life to him, there is an immediate conflict because she is too grateful to kill him. The other important event is the victory. During the game the game maker Seneca Crane decides that not only one tribute can win. There can be two winners, if they are from the same district. This was all set up by Haymitch, their mentor. On the moment they have killed Cato, the last survivor, the rules change. Suddenly only one tribute can win. Katniss is so angry she decides to swallow the red poisonous berries to kill themselves, and on that moment Seneca screams: Stop! The winners are Peeta and Katniss. Katniss doesn’t know that with this action, she rebels against the Capitol…
Letter to the main character
First of all I want to tell you that I admire you a lot because of your braveness and your success during the Hunger games. It must have been so hard for you, to volunteer as a tribute for your sister. Especially when there was really no option they would have picked her. You can really say that the odds weren’t really in her favor. There is one thing I don’t agree with. At the end of the Hunger games, you have chosen to commit suicide. You don’t really know how much that effected the Capitol! You have brought yourself into so many troubles. The best thing you could do was to sit down, try to make Peeta’s leg better and wait for other options. Now you have put yourself and Peeta in the worst thinkable position. And think of your family, the Capitol could kill them all without any problems. Next time you should think before your actions. Over all, I can’t really blame you. Who would be able to think in that situation. But what if Seneca didn’t came between? Then you and Peeta would not have only died for nothing, but at least one other tribute as well. I hope you will enjoy your life now, now that you don’t have to participate in the Hunger games again.
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