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The Hunger Games; A Photo Essay
Transcript of The Hunger Games; A Photo Essay
. SUZANNE COLLINS Coal Mining, is the main industry of District 12
District 12 is the poorest district in the nation of Panem. It is located
within the Appalachia and with a population of around 8,000 or more
people, it's main industry is coal mining. "District Twelve. Where you can starve to death in safety."
- Katniss Everdeen District 12 is where our story begins... "Separating the Meadow from the woods, in fact
enclosing all of District 12, is a high chain-link
fence topped with barbed wire loops." A volunteer is allowed to take the place of the person whose name is drawn, but this never happens in District 12. "I volunteer! I volunteer as tribute!"
- Katniss Everdeen Primrose Everdeen, Katniss' younger sister, had been selected as the female tribute for the 74th annual Hunger Games. To Katniss, she felt completely stunned at the sound of Prim's name being called as tribute for a game of death. "There must have been some mistake. This can't be happening. Prim was one slip of paper in thousands! Her chances of being chosen were so remote that I'd not even bothered to worry about her. Hadn't I done everything? Taken the tesserae, refused to let her do the same? One slip. One slip in thousands. The odds had been entirely in her favor. But it hadn't mattered."
- Chapter 2 The second person that was selected as the male tribute was Peeta Mellark, a boy that Katniss had never spoken to directly, they weren't friends, nor even neighbors. Their only true interaction happened years ago, where he had thrown two loaves of burnt bread at her, knowing that her and her family were on the verge of starvarion.
.... . Katniss is driven to a train station where she meets Peeta; they say their last goodbyes to their friends and family who came, and board the train to the Capitol. "The speed initially takes my breath away. Of course, I've never been on a train, as travel between districts is forbidden except for officially sanctioned duties. For us, that's mainly transporting coal. But this is no ordinary coal train. It's one of the high-speed Capitol models that average 250 miles per hour. Our journey to the Capitol will take less than a day."
-Chapter 3 Before she leaves, Madge, Mayor Undersee's daughter, visits Katniss and gives her the golden pin that was on her dress at the reaping, which Katniss now sees is a small bird in flight. Trains were rarely used, except on official duties. . The mockingjay pin was Katniss Everdeen's tribute token in the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. An alternate version of it is featured on the cover of The Hunger Games. Unknowingly, the pin became a sign of rebellion to the Capitol since mockingjays were created after the disastrous experiment with jabberjays. "It's as if someone fashioned a small golden bird and then attached a ring around it. The bird is connected to the ring only by its wing tips. I suddenly recognize it. A mockingjay."
- Katniss Everdeen The mockingjay, came about as a result of a failed project by the Capitol to spy on the rebellious districts, and since then the bird has served as a reminder of this failure and the districts’ recalcitrance—Katniss describes them as “something of a slap in the face to the Capitol.” The mockingjay pin Madge gives to Katniss is at first an emblem of that resistance. The mockingjay consequently takes on an additional layer of symbolism, representing not only a general rebellion against the Capitol, but also Katniss’s specific desire to defy it. The Capitol of Panem is a technologically advanced, utopian city where the nation's most wealthy and powerful reside. The ruling government of Panem, known as the Capitol The fence serves to keep wild animals out of the district and the citizens in, so that they can't escape. The fence is supposed to be electrified 24 hours a day, most of the time there isn't any electricity at all because of District 12's poor resources. Since it has been out of service for quite awhile and no one seems to maintain it, people can thus easily sneak under it.
. The people who live in the Capitol are culturally distinct from the rest of Panem, speaking with strange accents; their voices are high pitched, their jaws barely open when talking, and their tone at the ends of their sentences going up as if they're asking a question. They have odd vowels, clipped words, and tend to hiss the letter "s." The only noted exception to this is Cinna, Katniss Everdeen's stylist during the 74th and 75th Hunger Games. Capitol residents frequently wear wigs in a multitude of colors. District citizens view the people of the Capitol as alien, odd, and distrustful, and despise them. As the leader of Panem, the nation's thirteen districts are ruled from the Capitol, and the Hunger Games are organized and celebrated annually in it. The Capitol is a tyrannical dictatorship, led by President Snow, and currently holds complete political and economic dominance over Panem, enforcing its rule through an army of Peacekeepers, capital punishment, propaganda, and the Hunger Games. Training scores are rankings given to the tributes after their private training session in front of the Gamemakers. They range from one to twelve, with one being the lowest and twelve being the highest. The scores give the people in the Capitol an idea of which tributes have the best chance in the arena, and therefore, which ones to bet on. Other tributes often use the scores to decide who will be a threat to them during the Games. Training Scores for the 74th Hunger Games: Glimmer - 9 District 1 Marvel - 9 District 2 Clove - 10 Cato - 10 District 3 Male - [unknown] District 4 Male - 8 District 5 Foxface - 5 District 6 Male - 5 District 7 Female - 9 Male - [unknown] District 8 Male - [unknown] Female - [unknown] Female - [unknown] Female - [unknown] Male - [unknown] Female - [unknown] District 9 Female - [unknown] Male - [unknown] District 10 Female - [unknown] Male - [unknown] District 11 Rue - 7 Thresh - 10 District 12 Katniss - 11 Peeta - 8 The morning after the tribute's interviews, Katniss boards a hovercraft. She is injected with a tracker, and with Cinna, departs for the arena. When they arrive, she and Cinna go into an underground room. She dresses in the outfit given to all the tributes, then Cinna takes out the gold mockingjay pin and puts it on her. He reminds her of Haymitch’s advice: run, then find water. He says if he could bet, his money would be on her, and he wishes good luck to the girl who was on fire. Then she is raised up through a cylinder into the arena, and the seventy-fourth Hunger Games officially begin. "Sixty seconds. That's how long we're required to stand on our metal circles before the sound of a gong releases us. Step off before the minute is up, and land mines blow your legs off."
- Chapter 11 During each year's Hunger Games, the tributes are raised into the arena and start off in a circular formation, at equal distance from the Cornucopia and each other. The mouth is at least 20 feet high and is filled with items that could help the tributes survive in the Games such as weapons, clothing, fire starters, supplies, containers, water, food, blankets, and medicine. The closer an object is to the Cornucopia, the more valuable it is. The Cornucopia is a valuable, yet dangerous, source of supplies. The tributes must wait sixty seconds before they are released. While she waits, Katniss surveys the field. Just in front of her is a small sheet of plastic. In the Cornucopia, she sees a tent pack and a bow and arrows. She believes she may be able to reach the bow before anyone else but remembers Haymitch’s instructions to get away from the others and find a source of water. Bow and arrows. Katniss' preferred weapon choice, she only has to find a way to get to them... "That's mine, I think. It's meant for me."
- Chapter 11 This was the only bow supplied at the Cornucopia. All it took was Peeta's discouragement, along with the sun in her eyes, to prevent her from doing so, and the bow and arrows were quickly acquired by Glimmer, who also favored them, but lacked Katniss' level of skill. So instead Katniss grabs the sheet of plastic and a loaf of bread. This wasn't enough for her, and being so angry with Peeta for distracting her, she sprints in twenty feet to retrieve a bright orange backpack that could hold possibly anything. "And I've missed it! I've missed my chance! Because those extra couple of seconds I've lost by not being ready are enough to change my mind about going in."
- Chapter 11 "There are so many deaths to show the first day that a tribute trekking through the woods isn't much to look at."
- Katniss Everdeen "They have flashlights, torches. I can see an arm here, a boot there, through the breaks in the branches. I turn to stone, not even daring to breathe. Have they spotted me? No, not yet. I can tell from their words their minds are elsewhere."
- Chapter 11 Eventually it gets dark, so Katniss sets up her sleeping bag (that she found inside the orange backpack) in a tree and uses her belt to secure herself to a branch. The faces of today's dead tributes are projected one after the other in the sky, and Katniss is relieved to find Peeta not being one of them. Someone lights a fire nearby, and Katniss lies there for hours. Near coming dawn, she hears several people running toward the fire. A girl pleads and then screams, and Katniss realizes that several tributes are hunting in a pack. They stop a few yards from her tree and discuss why the cannon hasn’t sounded to announce the girl’s death. Katniss recognizes the voices of some of the Career Tributes, but another voice says he’ll go back to make sure she’s dead. It belongs to Peeta. Katniss can only get a glimpse of the Careers, lit by torchlight. When the Gamemakers decided there needed to be more excitement in the 74th Hunger Games, they created a forest fire to drive Katniss away from the edge of the arena and towards the lake, where the Careers were going to be. They first begin the forest fire, towering high over the trees much unlike regular fire, compelling the conclusion that this was not a natural fire. Then the Gamemakers began launching fireballs at the Katniss. This had a serious effect on Katniss, receiving a burn on her calf and several, less severe others on her hands. The fire also affected the Careers, as they were not as strong as they were before the fire. Katniss states she believes that perhaps Cinna's flaming costumes had brought on this particular torture for the tributes, and makes a remark on how ironic it would be if the 'Girl on Fire' was burnt to death. Eventually the attack ends and Katniss walks until she finds a small pool. The water soothes the burns. She knows she should keep going, but the pain is too great and she spends the day there recovering. In the afternoon, however, she hears footsteps, and without any alternative she finds a tree and climbs as quickly as possible. Katniss takes to the trees for her safety It’s the five Careers and Peeta. Katniss calls down to them, knowing they’re too heavy to climb to where she is. Katniss notices Glimmer, the girl from District 1, who took the bow and arrows from the Cornucopia. The group decides to wait Katniss out. Unable to go anywhere, Katniss prepares her bed in the tree. As night falls, she recognizes Rue, the female tribute from District 11, in a nearby tree, who points at something above Katniss’ head. Katniss looks up and finds what she believes is a tracker jacker nest. They will follow anything that disturbs them and try to kill it. Katniss thinks her only chance of escaping may be to drop the nest onto the tributes waiting below. Tracker jackers are genetically engineered wasps, created by the Capitol during the war with the districts. Katniss cuts the nest and it plummets onto the Careers waiting below. They scatter towards the lake, but both Glimmer and the girl from District 4 are badly stung and quickly fall victim to the deadly venom. Katniss was also stung several times, and while imagining what Glimmer must look like now, she remembers the bow, and manages to retrieve it before falling unconscious. After waking, Katniss decides to ally with Rue and they devise a plan to take down the Careers by destroying their food supplies. Without that, the Careers wouldn't last as long without knowing how to gather more food themselves. The food is all left out in the open, with only one boy guarding it, which sounds a little suspicious to Katniss. By the afternoon, Katniss and Rue have a plan to eliminate the Careers’ supplies. While Rue builds three separate campfires to divert the Careers, Katniss will attack the camp. Rue teaches Katniss her song for the mockingjays. There are mockingjays all over the arena, and she says if Katniss hears the song she’ll know Rue is okay. "'No, they're not. That's the problem,' I agree. And for the first time, I have a plan A plan that isn't motivated by the need for flight and evasion. An offensive plan. 'I think we're going to have to fix that.'"
- Chapter 15; Katniss Everdeen When Foxface leaves, Katniss notices a bag of apples on the pyramid of supplies and gets an idea. She moves into the open, and with three arrows, she tears the bag open. The apples detonate the landmines surrounding the supplies, and Katniss is blown off her feet in the ensuing explosion. Katniss is too dizzy after the blast to walk. She also can’t hear out of her left ear. Hiding her fear because she knows the cameras are on her, she crawls as quickly as she can back to her hiding place and gets there just as Cato and the others return. All the supplies have been destroyed, and Cato is furious. He snaps the neck of the boy from District 3. Katniss heads back to the rendezvous point she established with Rue, but she isn’t there. At the site of the third campfire, she gets the sense that something went wrong. The wood is arranged but was never lit. Katniss hears a mockingjay singing Rue’s song, and she follows the trail of song. Suddenly, she hears a girl scream. She takes off running, and as she emerges into a clearing, she finds Rue tangled in a net just as the boy from District 1 stabs her with a spear. "I’m going to. Going to win for both of us now."
- Katniss, to Rue Katniss immediately shoots the boy from District 1 and kills him. She cuts the net around Rue and sees that Rue is too badly wounded to survive. Rue grasps her hand and tells Katniss she has to win for them both, then she asks Katniss to sing. Suddenly trumpets sound, signaling an announcement. Katniss expects a feast, which is a tactic the Gamemakers have used in the past to lure the tributes into the same area for a fight. But instead they announce a rule change. Under the new rule, tributes from the same district will both be declared winners if they are the last two left alive. "Before I can stop myself, I call out Peeta's name."
- Katniss Everdeen, Chapter 18 The sounding of a trumpet, signaling an announcement. In the morning, Katniss goes to look for Peeta. She knows he needs water to survive, and she follows a stream until suddenly she hears his weakened voice. He is lying in the ground, camouflaged in mud. Seems his skill in frosting cakes has paid off. Yet his leg is badly cut, and he can barely move. They need to move, but Peeta can’t walk, so Katniss helps him to a cave where he’ll be hidden. Peeta's camouflaging skills have made him a part of the muddy riverbank. The trumpets sound again, and the announcer, Claudius Templesmith, declares that there will be a feast. Katniss isn’t interested at first, but he says there will be a pack waiting for each remaining District containing something they desperately need. Katniss heads down to the stream to wash up, and while she’s thinking that Peeta won’t survive without medicine, another gift arrives from Haymitch. It’s sleep syrup, and Katniss realizes it will knock Peeta out long enough for her to go to the feast. She makes her way back to the cave and crawls in, then dumps the contents of the small pack. It’s a hypodermic needle, which she injects into Peeta’s arm. "On the table sit four backpacks, two large black ones with the numbers 2 and 11, a medium-size green one with the number 5, and a tiny orange one -- really I could carry it around my wrist -- that must be marked with a 12."
- Chapter 20 During the confusion of the feast, Clove is killed by Thresh, who spares Katniss' life in accordance to her being Rue's ally, and Cato looses his own pack to Thresh. "One slim box containing one hypodermic needle." By morning, the rain has stopped, and they decide to hunt. They walk for hours without finding anything, so Peeta suggests they split up. Katniss heads back when she realizes they haven't exchanged signals in a while, and finds him collecting berries down by the stream. She notices some of the food has been eaten, and looking more closely at the berries she recognizes them as nightlock. The cannon sounds just before a hovercraft appears to take Foxface’s body. "Not these, Katniss. Never these. They're nightlock. You'll be dead before they reach your stomach."
- Katniss' father "'What? I haven't even seen her since the first day,' he says. 'How could I have killed her?'
In answer, I hold out the berries."
- Chapter 23 The night passes without any trouble, and when they leave the cave in the morning Katniss suspects it will be her last night in the arena. The Gamemakers will find a way to push Katniss, Peeta, and Cato together, and when they reach the stream, it’s totally dry. The Gamemakers have drained it. Every water source they check is the same. "The lake, that's where they want us to go."
- Peeta Mellark They’re cautious arriving at the lake, but there’s no sign of Cato. As they sit in the open, waiting, Katniss sings Rue’s song to the mockingjays. Cato comes sprinting out of the trees with no weapons, and it’s clear he’s been running hard for a long time. Katniss, seeing strange creatures approaching in the distance, turns and runs. "Muttations. No question about it. I've never seen these mutts, but they're no natural-born animals. They resemble huge wolves, but what wolf lands and then balances easily on its hind legs? What wolf waves the rest of the pack forward with its front paw as though it had a wrist?"
- Chapter 25 One jumps high enough to grab Peeta, and Katniss just gets hold of him before he's pulled over the side. He gets free, but Cato grabs him and strangles him in a headlock. He threatens that if Katniss shoots him, Peeta will go over too. Peeta reaches to the gash the muttation left in his leg and draws an "X" in blood on Cato's hand. Cato realizes what he's doing just as Katniss shoots him, and when he lets go Peeta shoves him to the mutts waiting below. All three of them climb atop the Cornucopia, hoping to escape the reach of the muttations. "It's them. It's all of them. The others. Rue and Foxface and . . . all the other tributes."
- Katniss Everdeen Katniss looks down and sees Cato, mutilated and barely alive. Out of pity as much as to win, she kills him. "'Greetings to the final contestants of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games. The earlier revision has been revoked. Closer examination of the rule book has disclosed that only one winner may be allowed,' he says. 'Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.'"
- Claudius Templesmith "Yes, they have to have a victor. Without a victor, the whole thing would blow up in the Gamemaker's faces."
- Chapter 25 The cannon sounds and the muttations leave, but still the Games don’t end. "I spread out my fingers, and the dark berries glisten in the sun. I give Peeta's hand one last squeeze as a signal, as a goodbye, and we begin counting. 'One.' Maybe I'm wrong. 'Two.' Maybe they don't care if we die. 'Three!' It's too late to change my mind. I lift my hand to my mouth, taking one last look at the world. The berries have just passed my lips when the trumpets begin to blare."
- Chapter 25 They use the nightlock berries as a trick for them both win. "Stop! Stop! Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the victors of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark! I give you -- the tributes of District Twelve!"
- Claudius Templesmith They spit out the berries, and shortly after they’re lifted into a hovercraft. Doctors go to work on Peeta immediately and Katniss is dragged to a separate room where she's given a glass of orange juice. Katniss has a violent fit when she sees them taking Peeta away, until a needle jabs her and she falls unconscious. She wakes in a different room and finds herself clean and healed. She can even hear out of her left ear again. Her reunion with Peeta will be at the closing ceremony, and they take her to be prepped and dressed. Cinna puts her in a simple dress that recalls candlelight and makes her look young and innocent. She is taken to the waiting area underneath the stage where she meets Haymitch. "'Listen up. You're in trouble. Word is the Capitol is furious about you showing them up in the arena. The one thing they can't stand is being laughed at and they're the joke of Panem.'"
- Haymitch Her only defense can be that she was so madly in love with Peeta that she couldn't control her actions. As she prepares to be raised up to the stage for her interview, she feels terrified that she, Peeta, and even their families may be in danger. The next day she and Peeta are interviewed by Caesar Flickerman. Katniss is nervous because she has to be very careful what she says. She stumbles over her words when Caesar Flickerman asks when she realized she was in love with Peeta. "'Well I know when it hit me. The night when you shouted out his name from that tree'"
- Caesar Flickerman "'Maybe . . . because for the first time . . . there was a chance I could keep him.'"
- Katniss Everdeen "I take his hand, holding on tightly, preparing for the cameras, and dreading the moment when I finally have to let go."
- End The Hunger Games is a novel that shows what people can do their superiority over their nation. In my opinion, it is a fight to the death broadcasted over live TV. As of this, I wouldn't recommend the book to anyone who as yet to hit their teenage years. There is a mix of action and some romance here and there, which stays at a minimum until the end.