Independent Study Journal: The Hunger Games
For my independent novel study, I have decided to use Suzanne Collin’s Novel the Hunger Games; a story set around a teenaged girl’s firsthand account of gladiator-like sports in a post-apocalyptic era where North America once stood. The book creates a mood or sense of suspense and hope for Katniss Everdeen, the protagonist who has to fight for survival in the Hunger Games. This reminds me of and relates to the novel Lord of the Flies by William Golding. Where in his novel, a group of boys are found stranded on an island in the middle of nowhere and must fight for their survival as well as hope to be rescued. Katniss, just like the boys, finds herself trapped in an arena with other tributes, but instead of joining up with them she must fight them to the death in order to survive. She also has hope for her family. That her mother and younger sister Prim are surviving without her being able to care for them by hunting and providing them with a proper meal. So far, throughout the book my favourite character has been Katniss because all of the characteristic’s she possess and I can relate to her. She is said to be sixteen years old, quite, independent, caring, determined, talented, and fierce. She has lived a hard life in district 12 of Panem, from losing her father in a mining accident to having to care for her mother and sister. She shows how caring she is throughout the book by volunteering to take Prim’s place as a tribute, but also how fierce she is by shooting an arrow through an apple out of the gamemaker’s meal in order to prove herself. She demonstrates her independence by being the head of her family and her determination by her devotion to win the Hunger Games. However, her main characteristic is being extremely talented at hunting with a bow and arrow, which is what gives her a fighting chance at survival. I can relate to her by also being sixteen, quiet, independent and determined. Just like Katniss, once I...
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