The Hunger Games

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March 22, 2012
English 801A&B
The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a book about survival. Survival forces you to be courageous, enduring, and most of all do things you’ve never imagined. One of the main characters Katniss Everdeen is forced to change who she is and act like she’s in love in order to survive The Hunger Games.

Katniss demonstrates her courageous characteristic when she sacrifices herself and takes her sister’s place in The Hunger Games. Her sister Prim is the closest thing she has ever felt to love, she loves her more than she loves herself. Other than her mother, Prim is all she has and she doesn’t take her family for granted. Therefore when she hears Effie Trinket read her baby sister’s name on the piece of paper pulled from out of the thousand candidates, she freezes in her place. She had the urge to break down in line and cry her eyes out, but that’s not who she is, or who she portrays; she is strong. Her protective instincts take over and she screams, acting before thinking about her decision thoroughly, and doesn’t regret it afterwards because she loves her sister unconditionally “I protect Prim in every way I can, but I’m powerless against the reaping” (Collins 15).

Katniss isn’t a normal teenage girl, although she may dream of it, reality hits her every time her imagination runs wild. She can’t afford delicious meals for her family or expensive clothing. She has to work hard for everything in life; nothing has ever come easy for her. So as she’s being dragged into The Hunger Games she notices an entirely different world. A world with sweet, edible food nicely set on the table and fancy clothing. Unfortunately she’s unable to fully enjoy it because she’ll only have it for a limited amount of time. In order to survive The Hunger Games, Katniss is forced to expand out of her comfort zone and play as a doll being dressed up and pampered to impress the judges. In the mist of all the glitz and...
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