Sacrifice By : Chris McGrath
Sacrifice is an action that few people consider because the trade-offs usually lead to unhappiness. It takes a great deal of love for another person in order to understand what sacrifice means. New York Times Bestselling Author Suzanne Collins portrays this definition well in her 2008 novel, The Hunger Games. Katniss Everdeen, the book’s ruthless heroine, learns a lot of life lessons throughout her first adventure. Peeta Mellark, the baker’s son, has developed a realization of how much power the Capitol really does have over the people of Panem. Even Gale Hawthorne, Katniss’ best friend and possible love interest, is used to putting his family before himself. The 74th Hunger Games allows these characters to open up and discover their purpose in life.
Much of The Hunger Games is centered on Katniss Everdeen. Katniss- seventeen year old daughter, sister, friend, and hunter. Katniss illustrates sacrifice as a verb at the reaping before the Hunger Games. Katniss’ love for her younger sister, Prim, is fiercer than she could ever imagine. When Effie Trinket, the pink-haired uptight escort for the tributes of District 12, pulls Prim’s name out of the drawing, Katniss feels her world closing in. She takes Prim’s place in the competition without hesitation. Not until after the adrenaline rush dies down is Katniss forced to accept the consequence of her decision. Saving Prim is the equivalent of handing her own life over to the Capital, as tribute. However, the harsh reality of this unfairness allows Katniss to collect her thoughts and focus on keeping herself alive in the arena. Peeta Mellark’s thoughts are not entirely explained in The Hunger Games because it is assumed that he already acquires a mature sense of his surroundings. Peeta Mellark: The Sacrificer. His love for an undeserving Katniss pushes all desire to save himself out the window. This is true because he had made a deal with Haymitch Abernathy,...
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