ELAINE WILSON (Elle).
# Essay form, using reader response theory, describe your aesthetic and efferent response to each novel. Draw on your knowledge of past literary and life experiences to expand upon your responses. A couple of years ago my friends thirteen year old daughter had received The Hunger Games book as a gift and was so excited after reading it that she insisted that her mother read the book. My friend decided to read the book and she read it right through the night and explained the plot to me the next day. I was given the book and found it easy to read as well, finishing in one sitting. There were some areas that I felt were disturbing but looking through the lens of a teacher and knowing the impact that this book has had on teen culture, this book could very well lead to interesting class discussions about oppression, the world we live in today and in the future, survival, freedom, sacrifice, authoritarian governments and also influences and obsessions, such as fashion and the latest trends in technology and gadgetry and most importantly, being your unique self without having to submit to society’s expectations. The author Suzanne Collins has created an intriguing dystopian world in The Hunger games and will appeal to teens upwards. In short, the plot is based on an authoritarian society set in the future, The Hunger Games takes place long after natural disasters and war, disease and famine have destroyed society as we know it. From the remnants of North America emerged a nation called Panem, under rule by a government known as ‘The Capital’ with peacekeepers and a local government in each district. The Capitol had strict control over everything and everyone in each district. There were thirteen districts until District Thirteen formed a rebellion and because of the rebellion, District Thirteen and all inhabitants were annihilated. Each district from the remaining twelve has its own specialty to produce for The Capitol, such as agriculture and coal mining and so forth. The Capitol rulers maintained control over the districts by having an annual, traditional Hunger Games where by each district had to send two representatives, known as tributes, a male and a female from the age of twelve to eighteen to battle each other to death until one is left alive from the twenty-four tributes. Viewing is compulsory for all districts which could take days depending on the challenges that are technologically added to increase viewer excitement in the capitol. With the constant monitoring of all the tributes, The Hunger Games becomes the ultimate reality show. A poignant moment that Collins is able to express through her writing: There must have been some mistake. This can’t be happening. Prim was one slip of paper in thousands! Her chances of being chosen so remote that I’d not even bothered to worry about her. Hadn’t I done everything? Taken the tesserae, refused to let her do the same? One slip. One slip in thousands. The odds had been entirely in her favor. But it hadn’t mattered…“Prim!” The strangled cry comes out of my throat, and my muscles begin to move again. “Prim!” I don’t need to shove through the crowd. The other kids make way immediately allowing me a straight path to the stage. I reach her just as she is about to mount the steps. With one sweep of my arm, I push her behind me. “I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute!” This quotation above sets the plot in motion. Katniss Everdeen is the main character who has been providing for her family since the death of her father in a mining accident. Katniss is from District Twelve, the poorest of all the Districts. All the districts are required to survive within their own boundaries which are constantly patrolled. Katniss illegally goes hunting for game beyond the boundaries as does Gale her only friend and hunting companion. Since the death of her father Katniss has become skilled with her father’s bow and arrows...
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