24 September 2012
1984 by George Orwell and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Topics (choose one of the following)
Many writers use a country setting to establish values within a work of literature. For example, the country may be a place of virtue and peace or one of primitivism and ignorance. The Golden Country in 1984 and the Appalachian setting of District 12 in The Hunger Games are important settings. Both Orwell and Collins shape the characters of Winston and Katniss with their connections to these settings. Write an essay in which you compare-contrast how the country setting in each work functions to give us clues to the two main characters.
In some works of literature, a character who appears briefly, or does not appear at all, is a significant presence. Choose a character from 1984 and from The Hunger Games and write an essay in which you compare-contrast how such a character functions in the novels. You may wish to discuss how the character in each affects action, theme or the development of other characters.
A symbol is an object, action, or event that represents something or that creates a range of associations beyond itself. In literary events a symbol can express an idea that should not be overlooked. Focusing on the glass paperweight in 1984 and the gold pin in The Hunger Games, write an essay in which you compare-contrast how that symbol functions in the work and what it reveals about the characters or themes of the work as a whole. Consider how the authors introduce the symbols in their works and how that symbol develops or grows in meaning.
■ Adapted from AP College Board Open Essay Questions