Hunger Games Analysis
A Comparison of Lifestyles
In this story of sacrifice, love, and courage, Suzanne Collins creates a treacherous plot in which children are forced to kill one another, until only one stands, in an attempt by The Capitol to show full government power. When Effie Trinket calls forth Katniss’ younger sister to participate in The Hunger Games, Katniss volunteers her own life in exchange for her sister’s. This baffles Effie Trinket, a woman with pink hair and a Capitol accent, who is an escort for District 12 and sees the games as an enjoyable event. Collins uses the relationship between Effie and Katniss to show growth in both of the character’s mindsets, in a way that not only gives us hope for the people of the Capitol but also gives us insight to the lives of those who live in Capitol. As Effie is first introduced she is described by Katniss to have a scary white grin, pinkish hair and a green suit (Pg. 18), this sentence may not seem all that telling but to the people of District 12 she seems almost inhuman. Effie is so different from the norm in District 12, she speaks differently and is bright and bubbly (Pg. 19) in a situation that should be somber and depressing for all. This sets her out and is the reason Katniss despises her so much at the beginning of the novel. Katniss soon discovers that she will be spending much more time with Effie than she wants after throwing herself forward as a volunteer tribute. Effie’s reaction to this joyousness, “Well bravo, that’s the spirit of the Games! I bet my buttons that was your sister. Don’t want her to steal all the glory, do we (Pg. 23)?” In this horrid statement we see just how different the way of thinking is in the Capitol compared to the districts. In the first few chapters of the story Katniss calls Effie strictly by her full name; this is a subtle yet affective way to keep distance between the two characters. While on the train to the Capitol, Petta, Katniss, and Effie sit...
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