The Hunger Games is a fictional novel that narrates the life of Katniss Everdeen, a 16-year-old girl, who by fate was trapped in a game of life and death, developed in a post-apocalyptic era, in a country named Panem, which was ruled by an oppressive government. With a variety of themes treated, this book also talks about life, family values and love. In addition, this book could give you a significant message on how people can face different life issues.
The Hunger Games was written by Suzanne Collins, a best-seller author of another novel series such as The Underland Chronicles; she was named one of the Times Magazine’s most influential people of 2010 due to the popularity that The Hunger Games books has. The Hunger Games relates the story of how Katniss chose to replace her 12-year-old sister Primrose, in a game for her life.
Furthermore, the novel was developed in a post-apocalyptical country named Panem, where once was placed North America; this country was divided in 12 district, that were repressed by Panem’s capital called The Capitol, a marvelous advanced city that rules with its superior technology over the other districts. Katniss lived in the 12 district with her mother and sister, being the head of the family on a very short aged due to the death of her father, she provided food for her family by haunting animals in the forest, a risky activity that could bring troubles for Katniss and her family, because it was forbidden by Capitol’s law.
Nevertheless, she haunted with the consent of the local authorities, because they bought the dam from her; in fact, on this district people often starved due to they only dig coal for the Capitol, since each district had an activity to do for the Capitol. In a rebellion against the Capitol’s tyranny, the districts raised and were defeated.
For the purpose of remind them the supremacy of the Capitol, the Hunter Games were created, a game were 2 tributes, a boy and a girl chosen by lottery and with a range age between 12 and 18 years old, from each districts, compete to dead in a televised contest. Katniss is matched to competed with a boy from her past named Peeta Mellark, and it’s captivating how the actions of both in the past involves all their future events. This book taught me about the tenacity of the human temperament against life’s setbacks and how people usually chose raise their voice.
Katniss is frequently faces dilemmas through all her journey, always wondering until what point her actions could be persuasive by Capitol’s rule, this can be perceived in a particular moment of the plot, when Katniss is disturbed by the dead of another contest, a 12-year old girl named Rue that reminded her sister Prim, and who Katniss lived a particular moment during the competition, Katniss said” Rue’s death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflect upon us. But here, even more strongly than at home, I feel my impotence.
There’s no way to take revenge on the Capitol. Is there? ”. However, as an expression of courage, Katniss decided to continue and fight in the competition. I personally recommend reading this book because it leaves vast reflections in many social and life issues, problems such as: hunger, disparity, government oppression and even family dysfunction and non-corresponded love; The Hunger Games book manages to mix different topics in a perfect way. Thus, with a futuristic and hard setting and an easy to understand characters, Suzanne could bring young people that don?
t are interested on these matters to consider them. The Hunger Games is more than a simple book that narrates another fictional story about a teenager. The themes reflected in this book are more profound and have a true meaning behind them. In my opinion, this book refers to an important aspect of life that we as citizens and human beings go through in daily basis, like is the great power or control that a government can have in people, a government is able to control everything; the totalitarian government of the Capitol is a great example of that.
I think that the abuse of power and money of people is perfectly reflected in this book, which is a reality that we all live nowadays with the governments. Bibliographical references: Collins, Suzanne (2008). The Hunger Games. Scholastic. Scholastic (2013). Biography: Suzanne Collins. . Retrieved on June 20th 2013 from: http://www. scholastic. com/teachers/contributor/suzanne-collins
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