The Hunger Games Essay By: Yasmeen Sahibzada The Hunger Games is a story of a 16-year old young adult named Katniss Everdeen who changes by her fate of entering the annual Hunger Games. The Hunger Games is an annual televised fight to the death. This event is held to entertain the Capitol. The Capitol is a utopian city where the Panem’s most powerful and wealthy live. Over the course of the book, Katniss enters the games, finds fake love, becomes a part of the star crossed lovers, and finds herself not able to let go of the boy with the bread.
In the beginning of the book, Katniss is already well matured and takes the leadership role in her family. Although she is practically an adult, she cannot handle the stress when her sheltered sister is chosen to be in the Hunger Games. Due to this stress, Katniss volunteers herself in the games. In her time in the games, Katniss fully understands how life as part of the districts is meant to be. The Capitol dictates everyone’s life purposes and cannot be changed.
Katniss has formed a real bond with Peeta (the boy with the bread…long story) who is faking their love for their immunity. Afraid to lose Peeta, they both pretend to eat poisonous berries so they will both win the games. This angers the Capitol because they have just been shown as weak but cannot purposely murder their victors and still seem innocent in all this chaos. Towards the end of the book, Katniss can really hold her own. Now, instead of only risking her own life in this act of defiance, she has sparked a rebellion in the districts.
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Katniss is the Girl on Fire, named for her distinct costume in the tribute parade. It is now Katniss against the oppressive government. This is the time when Katniss decided that she is the change that Panem has needed for the past 74 years. The theme of The Hunger Games is simply manipulation. Everybody living in Panem was trained to think the Capitol made the games to protect the people from another civil war when really, the games were made to show the people of Panem who’s boss and to not mess with them.
They are forced to send their kids off to their guaranteed death but they can’t do anything about it because the Capitol is in control. The fact that Katniss overlooked the lies she was fed to realize the truth shows a lot on her character. In conclusion, I really enjoyed reading The Hunger Games. The writing was at Collins’ all time high, considering she also wrote for Little Bear, a show that I loved as a child. I enjoy very futuristic and rebellious series. This is the main reason as to why The Hunger Games sparked my attention.
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