The Hunger Games

Topics: Zürich, District 9, The Hunger Games Pages: 5 (1438 words) Published: September 8, 2013
The Hunger Games.

An Essay By: Yaressi Esquivel

INTRODUCTION

‘’War, terrible war. Widows, orphans, a motherless child. This was the uprising that rocked our land. Thirteen districts rebelled against the country that fed them, loved them, protected them. Brother turned on brother until nothing remained. And then came the peace, hard fought, sorely won. A people rose up from the ashes and a new era was born. But freedom has a cost. When the traitors were defeated, we swore as a nation we would never know this treason again. And so it was decreed, that each year, the various districts of Panem would offer up in tribute, one young man and woman, to fight to the death in a pageant of honor, courage and sacrifice. The lone victor, bathed in riches, would serve as a reminder of our generosity and our forgiveness. This is how we remember our past. This is how we safeguard our future.’’ –President Coriolanus Snow.

When The Hunger Games season is on, Katniss Everdeen is scared for her little sister, Primrose, because its her first Hunger Games Reaping Day.

And when Prim is chose for the games, Katniss decided to volunteer as a tribute to protect her.

But in an arena with other 23 tributes, will she survive?

“ll I can think about, every day, every waking minute since they drew Prim's name at the reaping, is how afraid I am.” ― Katniss Everdeen

BACKGROUND

Panem is a nation established during an unknown time period in a post-apocalyptic world. It is situated primarily on the western side of North America, and the Capitol is located in an area formerly known as the Rocky Mountains. Panem was run by a single-party dictatorship that was led by President Snow before the second rebellion. It is portrayed in the trilogy to be the dominant society in North America, and no other nations or civilized societies beyond Panem have been mentioned, so it is unknown if any exist at all. The name Panem derives from the Latin phrase panem et circenses, which literally translates into 'bread and circuses'. The phrase itself is used to describe entertainment used to distract public attention from more important matters. Furthermore, by the government providing ample food and entertainment, the citizens would give up their political rights. In Panem, the rules were harshly enforced. After The Dark Days, a sadistic, annual event known as The Hunger Games was established.

History of Panem
An unspecified time before the current date, the face of the Earth changed and modern civilization was seemingly destroyed. It is unknown precisely what caused the "end of the world," but land changed shape as the sea level rose to unknown heights around the planet. Some time after the end of the world as we knew it, a nation was established in North America that would soon come to be known as Panem. Panem eventually grew large enough that it was segmented into thirteen separate districts, each responsible for producing goods of a particular industry to serve the growing needs of the nation, and all operating under the auspices of Panem's Capitol. The Dark Days

Seventy-four years before the events of The Hunger Games trilogy, the various districts of Panem rebelled against the Capitol, because of the oppressive fashion in which the Capitol government ruled over the districts. By the end of the war, the Capitol had quelled the rebellion, defeating twelve of the districts and destroying the thirteenth entirely.

The Hunger Games
In the wake of the rebellion, the Capitol established the Hunger Games, an annual event in which twenty-four children between the ages of twelve and eighteen, one boy and one girl from each district, are chosen from a lottery and entered into a competition where they must fight each other to the death until only one remains standing. The event served two purposes. The first was to demostrate the overwhelming power the Capitol had over the districts by taking their children by force and forcing them to kill each...

Bibliography: The Hunger Games: Tribute Guide by Emily Seife.
The world of The Hunger Games by Kate Egan.
Hunger Games Special by US Weekly.
The Hunger Games The Official Illustrated Movie Companion by Kate Egan.
The Hunger Games Movie.
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