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The Hunger Games
Transcript of The Hunger Games
: By Suzanne Collins
Presentation by: Michelle Buono
Genre: Science Fiction
The exposition in
The Hunger Games
is the main character, Katniss Everdeen is sixteen years old and lives in the nation Panem, once known as North America. Panem is surrounded by twelve districts, known to specialize in many different things. Katniss lives in District twelve, the coal mining district. Katniss lives with her mother and her sister and has to provide food for them because her father died when she was eleven in a horrible mine explosion. Katniss provides food for her family by going out illegally into the woods with her friend Gale, to hunt animals and gather other foods to then trade. Every year, Panem holds the hunger games, which is in return for district thirteen being destroyed by The Capitol during the First Rebellion. The reaping was held for the seventy fourth hunger games, and Primrose- Katniss' sister- got picked to be the tribute for district twelve along with the boy tribute, Peeta Mellark. Katniss volunteers to take Primrose's spot because she does not want Primrose to fight because she is only twelve- and this is the time Prim was eligible in the reaping.
The conflict in the book is person vs. person and person vs. society, because Katniss has to fight twenty three other tributes in the hunger games, but the society is very involved with the games, placing bets on tributes who they think has the skills to win, giving money to the districts mentor so they can buy items which will help the tribute survive. District twelve's sponsor is Haymitch Abernathy. Haymitch gets very drunk frequently, and does not give very good advice to Katniss or Peeta in the beginning, but helps them greatly once the games have begun. The Hunger Games is first started with and event called The Reaping. The Reaping is an event where each tribute is picked out of a glass bowl, and can be very scary for all candidates and their families, because loosing means guaranteed death.
One of the major settings in the book was the arena. Every year the Hunger Games is set in Panem in a different closed in, outdoor arena, that could range from a dense forest to an open meadow, a frozen wasteland, etc. This year, the games were held in the forest, so Katniss had a great advantage becuase she could easily climb trees. This was one of other important settings such as the Training Center located in the Capitol, where all tributes go with their mentor to train and prepare before the games, and District twelve where Katniss lived with her family before volunteering to be a tribute.
The two main protagonists in this story were Katniss and Peeta. Katniss is a 16 year old female with straight, long black hair, olive skin and grey eyes. She is very small and thin for her age, becuase she does not eat alot due to her districts poverty circumstances. Peeta is a 16 year old male with blond hair, pale skin, and blue eyes. He is better built than most others from district twelve because his parents owned a bakery- causing him to be well fed. Katniss and Peeta team up to accomplish their main motive in the Hunger games, which is to kill all other tributes and win the games. These two characters were dynamic, because at the beginning of the book they were very doubtful of themselves, feeling that there was no that they would win. Towards end of the book, they were very confident and they believed that they had all the skills necessary to win.
One main antagonist in the story were President Snow, and the other tributes fighting against Katniss and Peeta in the arena. President Coriolanus Snow is the president of Panem, a small thin man with paper white hair. President Snow is a very cruel person, and has threatened and killed others in order to keep the city under control. Other antagonists included all of the other twenty two tributes Katniss and Peeta has to fight in order to win, including Cato, Clove, Fox Face, and many others. These characters are very static in the book, becuase President Snow treats all of the tributes very harshly, making them fight for survival, and the other tributes do not change their personality becuase they are very determined to win.
The climax of the story was after Katniss and Peeta teamed up, and they had to fight their final tribute, Cato. This was the climax of the story because this is the point in which the games had "really begun". Katniss and Peeta had fought others before, but Cato would be harder to fight, and would not give up easily. Once finding each other, Cato is running away from wolves. Cato tries to strangle Peeta, but Katniss shoots him and he falls to the ground. The wolves come back and finally kill Cato, leaving Katniss and Peeta as the winners. Soon after, the announcer changes the game rules and there can only be one winner. This leads to the resoultion because Katniss and Peeta now have to decide who can be the real winner.
The resolution of
The Hunger Games
is when Katniss and Peeta decide they don't want to kill eachother, so they decide to use the poisonous berries called nightlock, and eat them at the same time, killing them both. As they are about to eat them, the announcer stops them and they are both announced the winners of the Hunger Games. They are then picked up by hovercraft and brought to the hospital to take care of all cuts and bruises. After staying in the hospital for a few days, they are announced to the nation as the official winners of the seventy-fourth Hunger Games.
I was very satisfied with the ending, because I wanted Katniss to win, and I think Katniss and Peeta deserved to win because they worked really well together, and had many different skills and strategies and they were very capable of winning from the beginning.
The first moment of suspense is at the reaping when they call out the names of the two tributes from District twelve to fight for their survival in the hunger games. Everyone in the city was very afraid, hoping that they did not get picked, because it was not very likely that they would be able to make it out of the arena alive. Katniss hopes that she does not get picked, and she did not. Her sister Primrose did.
"She reaches in, digs he hand deep into the ball, and pulls out a slip of paper. The crowd draws in a collective breath and then you can hear a pin drop, and im feeling nauseous and so desperately that it's not me, that it's not me, that it's not me."
The second moment of suspense is when all twenty four tributes are standing around the cornucopia waiting for the Hunger Games to officially start. For many tributes, this is the last calm moment they have before they start fighting, and they will soon be killed. Many tributes fight at the cornucopia, because it is filled with all of the weapons, supplies, medicines, etc. that could help all fighting greatly.
"Then I hear the legendary announcer, Claudius Templesmith, as his voice booms around me.
Ladies and gentlemen, let the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games begin!"
Figurative Language and Imagery
Example one and effect:
"But thats a dark and creaky thing that moves like a snail and smells of sour milk. The walls of this elevator are made of crystal so that you can watch the people on the ground floor."
(simile: Page 73)
The effect of this is that Katniss is comparing the elevator from the capitol to regular elevators she has been in before. Normal elevators are very slow and not very appealing, while the Capitol elevator is very clean and advanced.
Example two and effect:
"That I'm more than just a piece in their games." (Metaphor: Page 236)
Example one and effect:
"Larger than regular wasps, they have a distinctive solid gold body and a sting that raises a lump the size of a plum." (Page 177)
This describes how dangerous tracker jackers can be, because they are a mix between a bee and a wasp, and you can get very sick or even die if you come in contact with one and they sting you.
Example two and effect:
“Then I see the red streaks starting to crawl up his leg. Blood poisoning." (Page 252)
This effects Katniss and Peeta becuase now Peeta has blood poisioning, and can get very sick. Katniss must do everything that she can to keep Peeta healthy and safe from other tributes.
This effects Katniss greatly, becuase she wants to show the Capitol that they are not controlling her just because she is apart of the Hunger Games, and she will do what she wants to do; not what the capitol wants her to do.
Point Of View and Mood
Point Of View:
The point of view in
The Hunger Games
is entirely in Katniss' view. Katniss is a very brave, independent person that cares greatly about her family's health. Katniss is very protective of her family and tries as hard as she can when fighting and because she promised Prim that she would try her best to win, and she does not want to give up that promise.
One scene in the book that mood is very important is when Katniss and Peeta are fighting against Cato. The mood is ery suspenseful, because after they let the muttations kill Cato, they do not hear the cannon go off, signifying his death. They then found out the rules have changed, and there must be only one winner, until the rule is finally changed back.
The first major theme in this book is to follow your heart and do what you think is best, even if there are consequences. Katniss learned to make decisions on her own, and it benefited her greatly in the games. Katniss also learned to not listen to others, because they might not know what is best. Katniss showed this at the start of the Hunger Games when she was supposed to listen to Haymitch and leave the cornucopia, but she didn't listen and it gave her an advantage.
The second major theme is to not judge a persons skills by where they live or how much money they have. Katniss and Peeta came from a district where they did not have fancy houses or a lot of money, but they still had great skills that led them to their victory. An example of this is when Katniss was getting scored in her training, and just because she was from District twelve, they did not pay attention to her but once she got their attention, she scored a twelve- the highest score out of all tributes.
1. Hunger Games Cornucopia: "Cornucopia bloodbath." Hunger Games Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
2. Katniss and Peeta Portrait: "Katniss and Peeta." Buzznet. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015. <http://eavie.buzznet.com/photos/
3. President Snow Portrait: "President Snow Captiol Portrait Catching Fire." My Hunger Games. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
4. Nightlock berries: "The Hunger Games." The Hunger Games Wikipedia. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
5. Katniss and Peeta in training: "The Odds are in Peeta’s Favor." The Politiconomist. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
6. Hunger Games Video Trailer: The Hunger Games Official Trailer 2012 HD. Youtube. N.p., n.d. Web. 12 May 2015.
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