The Hunger Games Isu Journal Essay

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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
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The mockingjay pin Katniss wears in the Hunger Games to represent district 12 stands for a creature with a spirit of its own, meaning that it’s free to do what it wants like the mockingjay bird. The tracker jackers which are a mutant animal the capitol of Panem made up is a symbol of the overwhelming power the capitol has over its people and the districts. The reality television stands for fame and fortune for the districts that have the skills and resources to produce a winning tribute, but it symbolizes weakness, poverty, suffering and sacrifice to districts like district 12. Food symbolizes wealth, happiness and comfort and is the dividing line of the rich and the poor.
One of the themes I have come across in the novel is love verses friendship. One of the main questions regarding this theme is: does Katniss do certain things out of love or friendship? Katniss is unable to love and refuses to become attached to people. The only people she shows affection towards is her sister Prim, her mother and her hunting friend Gale. Despite her inability to love, the viewers of the Hunger Games believe that she is in love with her tribute partner Peeta. However, there is the possibility that she is only pretending to be romantically involved with him to gain viewer support. Therefore, as the reader were left

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