27 September 2012
The Hunger Games
In the dystopia world of “The Hungers Games” by Suzanne Collins, lies a nation called Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is strict and keeps the districts in line by hosting the annual Hunger Games. Twenty-four teenagers are forced to fight to the death on live television. Two children, one boy and one girl, between the ages of twelve and eighteen, are randomly chosen from each of the twelve districts to partake in the event. Throughout the novel, there is a slogan that is repeated several times; a slogan that could be interpreted in different ways.
One may perceive this slogan to be very sarcastic. The slogan, “May the odds be ever in your favor,” has a somewhat sarcastic tone to it. In chapter 25, after being announced that there can be two victors from the same district, Claudius Templesmith, the host of the Hunger Games, re-announces that there may be only one victor. Claudius says, “Greetings to the final contestants of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games. The earlier revision has been revoked. Closer examination of the rule book has disclosed that only one winner may be allowed. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor,” which in a way shows sarcasm because only Katniss and Peeta are left in the arena (342). They both want to win, but neither of them want to lose each other either. Their “favor” would be for both of them to win; but unfortunately, due the change of the rules, only one of them can win. So in fact, the odds would not be in their favor because they would not be able to receive the outcome that they desire.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008. Print.