The Hunger Games (2008) Analysis

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Publisher: Scholastic
Publication date: September 14th, 2008
Pages: 374
Genre: Adventure, love, science fiction, Alternative history

The hunger games (2008) written by Suzanna Collins are a young-adult novel. The story takes place in Panem, which was composed by 13 districts before the government of the capitol completely destroyed the whole ruble district 13. The purpose of this act was to show its ultimate power to the rest of the 12 districts. The story also describes the bloody annual event implemented by the government, where they randomly pick up 24 teenagers who fight to their death. Among them, we find our main character from District 12, Katniss Everdeen who has been forced to take charge of her family after her father’s death.

Our story has many interesting characters, but I would like to take a closer look at our main characters:

Katniss Everdeen (she is a major, limited character) was very attached to her father, who taught her a lot of his habits and skills as well, like shooting with bow and arrow, fishing, hunting and using the woods to her benefit. Katniss was so close to her father she followed in his footsteps and became a hunter. She is one of the tributes in the yearly event “Hunger Games”. Katniss loves her sister more than anything, and would do everything for her. “I protect Prim in every way I can, but I’m powerless against the reaping”(1.63). In fact on the reaping day her beloved sister Prim was picked to be a tribute ( picked to represent dictrict 12 in the games) , but Katniss without hesitation volunteers as a tribute and takes her sisters place. This has created great attention and sympathy, which has contributed to her celebrity. This act could be a reflection of what Haymitch was teaching her as her coach. She also gets a nickname from her stylist Cinna and gets known as the girl on fire. Katniss’s environment has strongly affected her personality to the se. nse that she avoids all warm and fuzzy emotions, because all her focus was on feeding and protecting her family. Furthermore I would like to pointe out that Katniss lives a very hard life, which contains poverty and starvation. This has developed her personality to be a pragmatic character and also a survivor. However her protective instinct named above, are not only limited to Prim and her mother, but also to her surrounding as well. In fact she said“ protection Peeta.

Peeta Mallark (round character) is Katniss’s co-tribute in the games. It’s obvious that Katniss doesn’t want him to fight against him. Maybe because he saved her life when her father died? He gave her two laves of bread that actually saved her, and her family’s lives. Peeta has been in love with Katniss ever since she sang a song in class. She means everything to him. But this feeling is not actually mutual, although Peeta was a symbol of hope for Katniss. Due to the fact that he helped her to feed her family, which was her main worries. Actually he was the person that gave her courage to carry on her path, just like when Rue died in her arms.

Rue is a 12-year-old girl from District 11. She is a hunter as well, just like Katniss. She likes to climb from tree to tree, and she is also really good at it. Katniss acts as Rue’s protector, and they even become allies. Katniss was treating Rue as is she was her little sister. Based on these feelings, and the strong relationship that has been bullied during the fight. Katniss was ready to do anything in her power to save Rue. Unfortunately, Rue dies and this was a reflection point in Katniss’s life.

Symbols
The author was very selective in every part of the book, even the names of the characters were carefully chosen. With a deep look to those we find symbols, like the name Prim that means “first” in Latin. In fact she was chosen fist in her first year on reaping day. Katniss got a gift from the mayor’s daughter, a mockingjay pin. The Mockingjay in this novel symbolizes rebellion and...
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