Catching Fire

Topics: Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games Pages: 4 (1523 words) Published: January 27, 2013
Haime Mishaan
Catching Fire

Catching Fire is the second book of The Hunger Games trilogy, a series of books that portray a futuristic society in which 12 poor districts live under the rules of a ruthless and indifferent capitol. Due to a rebellion that happened 75 years before the events the characters of this book are living today, an annual “festivity” began, or at least that is how it is seen in the Capitol. Two adolescents from ages 12-18 are reaped from each district to fight to the death in an arena created by the honorable game makers in the capitol. This, plus poor living conditions like shortages of food, electrified fences surrounding them and maltreatment from the Capitol designated authorities, led the people of the districts to live their lives in a more intelligent way. Either crawling under the fence to hunt, or finding all sorts of medicinal plants are all proof that a person can use resources in a more intelligent way and live in a wiser lifestyle after being exposed to inhumane conditions, rules and acts from society.

The theme was portrayed in the story in an implicit way. For example when Peeta and Katniss, the main characters of the story, were “celebrating” being elected in the annual Hunger Games in a huge feast in the Capitol, we were provided with quotes like this one, happening inside of Katniss’ mind “…And here in the Capitol they're vomiting for the pleasure of filling their bellies again and again. Not from some illness of body or mind, not from spoiled food. It's what everyone does at a party. Expected. Part of the fun” (Collins 80). The lifestyle of the people from the Capitol, where people had all they could wish for in the snap of a finger, greatly contrasted how the people of the districts lived, fighting for every little thing they could get, and greatly appreciating what they had. This leads me to believe that the theme the author tried to portray to the readers what that you have to appreciate the things you...
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