The Hunger Games - Summer Reading Essay

Topics: The Hunger Games, Arrow, Bow Pages: 2 (679 words) Published: September 6, 2012
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Written by: Anon

In The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins illustrates that symbolism and characterization makes survival the result of strength. First off, Suzanne uses characterization to present how strength is key for survival. For example, we can see that Katniss Everdeen had to use a lot of her strength to try and get through the hunger games. At one point in the story, Peeta Mellark got cut by Cato's sword. He was deeply wounded and Katniss had to try and treat him in order to save his life. Earlier in the book Suzanne Collins actually wrote that Katniss had always been squeamish when it came to treating other people. She just couldn't endure seeing blood at all. At this point in the story, Collin demonstrates exactly what I mean by Katniss showing her strength, “...I examined the content of the first-aid kit. It's pretty basic stuff. Bandages, fever pills, medicine to calm stomach ache. Nothing of the caliber I'll need to treat Peeta.” (257). If it's not obvious enough, you can tell how determined Katniss is to treat her friend Peeta to prevent him from dying. Not only does Katniss have enough strength to learn to survive, but Rue does too. In the book, Rue treats Katniss from tracker jacker stings she got trying to protect herself. She knew a special way with only using leaves. “...To my surprise, Rue places the handful of leaves into her mouth and begins to chew them. My mother would use other methods, but it's not like we have a lot of options. After a minute or so, Rue presses a sloppy green wad of chewed leaves and spit on my knee” (Collins 200). Seeing she did this, she used the strength of her mind to think of the best possible way to treat Katniss and save her life from the deathly stings. Secondly, Collin uses symbolism to reveal that when someone or something has strength it helps their survival. Many symbols can be found to represent this, but I found two that really stuck out to me. Katniss's bow...
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