Catching Fire Reflection

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Self-Select Essay

For my self-select book, I chose Catching Fire, by Suzanne Collins. It is about an oppressive government that forces citizens to fight to the death in an arena every year. I selected this book for a number of reasons. First, I read the prequel to this book, The Hunger Games, a couple of years ago and loved it. Also, while researching this book, I found that it would probably match the theme of honor/loyalty that we have been talking about this year. Overall I am very pleased with my choice of Catching Fire and I believe that the theme of loyalty was shown throughout the entire story.

Exposition:

“Although they never mention it, I owe the people who frequent the Hob. Gale told me that Greasy Sae, the old woman who serves up soup, started a collection to sponsor Peeta and me during the Games... it made the difference between my life and death,” (Collins, 4).

At this point in the novel, Katniss is reflecting on her old life and the first hunger games that she survived. She is reflecting on how the people of her district (District 12) saved her life. They chipped in and donated money for her even though they don’t have much for themselves.

Although this exact passage is not a flashback, there were multiple flashbacks right around this line. She is reminiscing about the past.

This shows loyalty because the people that Katniss knew helped her in a time of need, even though they did not have much to give. The people of the Hob were loyal to Katniss because she was kind to them.

Complication:

"It can in no way replace your losses, but as a token of our thanks we'd like for each of the tributes' families from District Eleven to receive one month of our winnings every year for the duration of our lives," (Collins 25).

Peeta is telling the people in District 11 about how Thresh and Rue saved his life. He is saying that in order to thank them, he will donate money to District 11 every year for the rest of his life

There are no literary aspects being used in this passage. However, on the same page as this, it uses imagery to show how thankful the people of District 11 are of Peeta. There is mutual respect between Peeta, Katniss, and District 11.

This quote shows loyalty because Katniss and Peeta are being loyal to the district of the people that helped them in the past. They are being loyal to Thresh and Rue.

Complication:

“I thought no one saw me sneak under the fence, but who knows? There are always eyes for hire,” (Collins 152).

Katniss always sneaks in and out of the woods to hunt and have peaceful time to herself. In this passage she is questioning whether or not someone will rat her out. People will do a lot for money

This is using personification to say that there are eyes for hire. It means that the Capitol could pay people to watch her. She is in danger of being caught.

The theme of loyalty applies here because Katniss is questioning the loyalty of people in her district. They might give her secrets to the Capitol for money. Even if it is at the expense of her safety.

Complication:

“ Peeta's not hard to predict. While I was wallowing around on the floor of that cellar, thinking only of myself, he was here, thinking only of me. Shame isn't a strong enough word for what I feel,“ (Collins 178).

At this point in the novel, Katniss feels bad because Peeta cares about her so much and she only cares for herself. She is ashamed of herself.

Suzanne Collins uses mood to reflect the thoughts and feelings of Katniss. She provides great insight into her mind and how she feels about Peeta

Katniss is questioning her loyalty to Peeta in this passage. While his loyalty to her is unchanging, she is not sure what to think about the whole situation.

Complication:

“The more I come to know these people, the worse it is. Because, on the whole, I...
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