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The Hunger Games - Introduction

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Arik Durfee

on 17 August 2014

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Transcript of The Hunger Games - Introduction

Imagine a world...
where your survival is in the hands of a cruel, ruthless government and a Capitol full of people who watch teenagers kill each other for entertaiment.
Imagine a game...
where the only rule is "Kill or be killed."
Imagine a life...
Welcome to...
The Hunger Games!
where your only hope of survival is to beg this cruel government for extra food in exchange for entering your name for more chances to compete in this sadistic game.
The Hunger Games
was written by Suzanne Collins.
The story is set hundreds of years in the future in what used to be North America.
At some point in the past, civilization was nearly destroyed by some horrible disaster
Finally, the country of Panem was formed: A Capitol surrounded by thirteen districts.
Then, about seventy-five years before the beginning of the book, some of the districts rebelled against the Capitol. The Capitol won the civil war. District 13 was completely obliterated. The remaining twelve districts were given a yearly reminder that another rebellion must never happen.
Their punishment:
The Hunger Games.
And to make it worse, the "game" is televised live. In the Capitol, they think it's the height of entertainment. But in the districts, it's just one more level of torture.
Main Characters:
Katniss Everdeen
16 years old
Lives in District 12
Provides for her family by hunting illegally in the forest
Primrose Everdeen
Katniss's 12-year-old sister
Gale Hawthorne
18 years old
Katniss's best friend and hunting partner
Peeta Mellark
16 years old
Son of a baker
Haymitch Abernathy
Winner of the 50th Hunger Games
Has to serve as a mentor for District 12's teenage tributes each year
Important SYMBOLS to watch for:
You'd be surprised how significant it is.
The Panem Seal and National Anthem
Think the opposite of patriotic pride.
The Mockingjay Bird
Notice the cover of all three books in the series.
THEMES to think about while you read:
Reality TV
Does some reality TV go too far? Are we overly-obsessed with the lives of celebrities? Is it wrong of us to enjoy watching someone do something despicable, embarrasing, or dangerous on live TV?
Desensitization to Violence
Can you imagine watching a fight-to-the-death game show on live television? Is our society so desensitized to violence that we would ever allow something like that to go on? And would you watch it if you could?
War and Violence
Is it wrong to enjoy watching violence? When are violence and war justified?
When is rebellion necessary? Would you risk your safety and maybe your life to stand up against something you thought was wrong?
Love and Friendship
Do love and friendship get in the way of survival, or do they help us survive?
How far would you be willing to go to survive? Are there any lines you wouldn't cross, things you wouldn't do to keep yourself alive?
Humanity and Inhumanity
If you had to choose between your own survival and doing something horrific and violent, what would you do? Why do some people respond to life and death situations by becoming more humane while others respond by becoming more selfish and inhumane?
Are you ready?
Ladies and gentleman, let the Seventy-Fourth Hunger Games Begin!
Remember "the girl who was on fire."
and the war that came afterwards as survivors fought over the remaining resources.
Every year, two teenagers--one boy and one girl--are selected as "tributes" in a lottery.
The twenty-four teenagers are then put in an arena to fight to the death.
Here is the author, Suzanne Collins, explaining how the story originated in her mind.
“Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced… The considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins’s convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine.”
The New York Times
"As close to a perfect adventure novel as I've ever read."
Rick Riordan, author of The Percy Jackson series
"People often ask me for reading suggestions, and I'm always happy to share because books are exciting things to me. My latest excitement is this: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it. The Hunger Games is amazing."
Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga
Is the book any good?
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