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the hunger games: catching fire

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Sydney Taylor

on 7 March 2014

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Setting: The Arena
The setting of Catching Fire starts off in the woods of District 12, a part of Panem. It is very shaded, green, and is where Katniss and Gale escape the hardships of their lives by hunting illegally for food for their struggling family. (Book 1) Another important setting is the Quarter Quell arena, which is a beach. At first glance, it looks like a regular beach. But victors of previous Hunger Games must fight to the death on its grounds. It is never mentioned where the arena is located. One interesting thing about the arena is it is set up like a clock. Wiress (a tribute and ally of Katniss) discovers this, for she repeats the phrase "tick, tock" throughout the chapter. Every hour something different threatens the tributes, such as blood rain, tidal waves, poisonous fog, monkeys, etc. It is also surrounded by an invisible force field, which Katniss destroys at the end of the book. The arena also contains forests, which is kind of like the woods in District 12. Obviously, though, Katniss can't hunt for game, for she is being hunted herself.
The arena
Katniss Everdeen
Katniss Everdeen is the main character of Catching Fire. She is courageous, brave, daring, and loving. In the beginning of the book, Katniss is strong and dislikes the Capitol. This does not change throughout the book. But, I feel that Katniss really finds where she belongs in the rebellion and she discovers more about herself. One significant change that readers find is she isn't so sure who to trust; or who to love. Katniss doesn't really know if she loves Peeta. They only pretended to be in love. But with a fake wedding and having to be "District 12 Lovers", Katniss learns that she really does love Peeta. I'm glad she loves him: I liked Peeta more than Gale. Team Peeta all the way!
Katniss and Peeta
Common Theme
The common theme of most science fiction books has something to do with a futuristic world where technology and government play a big role. Usually the government is unfair or the citizens of the world rebel. Also, in a lot of science fiction, a person is special, like in Divergent and Matched. I can think of many books that have these themes: Matched, Divergent, Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay, and Insurgent. Remember, these are only a FEW examples! In Catching Fire, the government (Capitol) makes the victors of the Hunger Games fight to the death (again). Two books that have a controlling government are Matched and Divergent. Their government is the same because it classifies the people in a group. (The Matching Ceremony and the Factions.) The main characters are also special than the other characters. (The main character in Matched has two matches instead of one; the other main character is Divergent, or doesn't belong in one faction.) There also is usually a war going on in a science fiction novel or series. Like I said, ther is a common theme in most science fiction books.

Matched and Divergent is just one example of books that share a common theme.
Conflict of Catching fire
If you asked someone "What is the main conflict of Catching Fire?" they would say that surviving the Quarter Quell was the conflict. I think just the way life was for Katniss and Peeta was a conflict. Imagine living in a poor area not knowing when you're gonna eat. You then are chosen at random to have to kill other teenagers from your country while being hunted down, without seeing your family. Then imagine living in luxury and having to pretend you love someone. You then have to go back to an arena to kill and be hunted. Katniss and Peeta both had to go through so much, that their lives are the real conflicts. There is no structure. Life would be hard. The conflict is pretty much the same in other science fiction books. Life is hard for the main character(s) and their world usually consists of some kind of war.
Technology in Catching Fire is different from technology now, because the series is based in the future. Technology in the book is hovercrafts, which are like airplanes or helicopters, but look like spaceships. This reminds me of the story "Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" and "All Summer in A Day" because it has something to do with space. Suzanne Collins used technology from now and made it more futuristic. Another exzmple of technology is the Gamemaker's station. They use laser diagrams to create the arena. I feel that modern day technology and technology from other books influenced the technology in Catching Fire. Therefore, the technology is the same, but bumped up to a new level.
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Book By: Suzanne Collins
Prezi By: Sydney Taylor
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