The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins Essay

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Identity. Something so elementary to define, yet so onerous to apply to a person. Seemingly, it appears that only through experience someone can manage to partially grasp their identity as they are pushed to confront their environments and respond in an appropriate manner constitutionalized by their identity. In Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games, a novel set in Panem--a dystopian country that was originally North America before the outset of natural disasters, storms, fires, encroaching seas and war--follows the first person point of view of Katniss Everdeen (Collins 18). The totalitarian government, usually referred as the Capitol, subjects all of the twelve districts to select two male and female teenagers to participate in the Hunger Games, where the twenty-four tributes fight to the death in a gladiator style that is used to entertain the Capitol’s audience while reaffirming their dominance over the districts. Once Katniss’ sister, Prim, is randomly selected for the Games, Katniss quickly volunteers to take her place and she departs for the Capitol with the other tribute, Peeta Mellark. During Katniss’ time in the arena, she is forced to adapt to her horrid situation and recognize her genuine identity as she balances survival against humanity. As the story of Katniss develops throughout The Hunger Games, she is forced to acknowledge her authentic identity as she diverges from her initial preconception of her identity as she survives the new environment.


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