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the hunger games passage analysis

The Hunger Games

by Mrs. Jones

SummaryIn a future country called Panem (what’s left of a post-apocalyptic North America), people are sequestered into 12 districts. Each district specializes in an industry dictated by their region, and they work to provide for the Capitol (the governing body located just west of the Rocky Mountains). In order to discourage a political uprising, the Capitol demonstrates its power by requiring each district to provide a boy and girl tribute to participate in the yearly Hunger Games. In the Hunger Games arena, the tributes fight to the death while their battles are televised across the country.

Central Idea Statement:The government can make laws to rule your body and your life, but they cannot rule your mind. Your individuality, your thoughts, and the ways you react to the situations they create are still your own.

Passage"Gale's voice is in my head. His ravings against the Capitol no longer pointless, no longer to be ignored. Rue's death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict 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?Then I remember Peeta's words on the roof. 'Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to...to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games.' And for the first time, I understand what he means" (Collins 236).

AnalysisAs Katniss grieves over Rue's dead body, she remembers Gale's rants about the unfairness of the Capitol's rule. She never understood why he bothered before because she just accepted that that was the way life was. However, being face to face with the violent murder of such a pure soul as Rue's (which is doubly meaningful for Katniss because she reminds her so much of her sister Prim), Katniss finally understands why it's so hard for Gale to just "accept it." Then she combines this thought with the comment Peeta made the night before the Hunger Games began about how he wants to show the Capitol that no matter what they do to his body, they can't FORCE him to change his thoughts or his inner self. This is the turning point in the novel for Katniss where she decides that she wants to rebel, too.

The Capitol intended for the genetically engineered Jabberjays to die out, but they found a way to survive by mating with Mockingbirds to produce Mockingjays.

Instead of playing by the Capitol’s rules, Katniss and Peeta defied them by being willing to commit suicide by eating poison berries.

Instead of clapping for Katniss when she took Prim’s place in the Hunger Games, the citizens of District 12 defiantly honored her with a three-finger salute.

1. Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, 2008.2. Scavanger. “Together We Stand, Together We Die.” Jamendo. Web. 16 Nov 2010. http://www.jamendo.com/en/track/539717.3. "Man & the Machine." YouTube. Web. 23 Nov 2010. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2l4lgfDLgA>. 4. O'Brien, Tim. Cover art for The Hunger Games. 2008. Scholastic, New York. e-Library. Web. 23 Nov 2010.

Music:The hook of the song is “It’s time to change your point of view…together we stand, together we die.” The ultimate goal of the Capitol (both at home in the districts and in the arena during the Hunger Games) is to divide people. If the Capitol turns classes against each other in the districts and friends against each other in the arena, then nobody will ever be organized enough to rebel. This song fits Katniss and Peeta’s attitudes at the end of the novel because they would rather take a symbolic stand against the Capitol and choose death by suicide than succumb to “rules” and kill each other.


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  • JackS25 7 years ago

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