Ryan HufnagelMr. HargerAdvanced Science11 December 2017The novel, The Hunger Games, is written by Suzanne Collins. It is told from the perspective of a girl in her teens, Katniss Everdeen, she is forced into a competition to fight for her life.
She lives in the nation of Panem, which is broken up into different districts and strongly controlled by the Capitol. Every year, there is a game, where one boy and one girl from thirteen districts are chosen randomly to join the annual Hunger Games. They are then placed into an arena to fight each other for their lives, while it is broadcasted live for the wealthy people of the Capitol to watch for their own entertainment. It is designed for only one person to win, and they are rewarded with food and other goods, which is a big deal considering how poor the districts are compared to the people in the Capitol. The Capitol see the people of the districts as worthless pieces of entertainment. The themes and the character developments of this novel prove that the people of the districts are much more than that, and that they deserve a much better lifestyle.
Throughout this novel, the reader feels many different emotions.The most obvious themes of this novel are power and sacrifice. The dictatorial government of the Capitol without a doubt has all of the power in this society. It is obvious that the Hunger Games were created by the capitol for more than just entertainment. The games keep the district people fighting each other, so that they don’t think about fighting against the Capitol. Although the Capitol only sees them as game pieces, they show they are more than that. The people of District 12, Katniss and Peeta’s district, give a salute to Katniss after she saves her sister and volunteers to be in the Hunger Games. On page 24, it says, “At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me… It means thanks, it means admiration, it means good-bye to someone you love.
” This unites the people of District 12 and shows their honor and support for her, rather than for the Capitol. The theme of sacrifice in this novel adds on to the idea of the district people being humans with feelings, unlike what the Capitol thinks. The contestants of the Hunger Games are constantly making sacrifices for themselves and for each other. At one point in the game, Peeta tries to convince Katniss to kill him. This is shown on page 343.
“‘No,’ he says. ‘Do it.” Peeta limps toward me and thrusts the weapon back in my hands.” Peeta is willing to sacrifice his own life just so that Katniss will benefit from it. This again shows that the people in the games have hearts and shouldn’t be put in such an insane competition where they think that the best idea would be to just kill themselves.Some of the main characters in this novel have character developments, but some don’t really change at all. Katniss Everdeen doesn’t have much development from the beginning to the end of the story.
She has always been very kind and generous. Since the beginning she was always helping others, especially her little sister prim, since her dad died in a coal mine and her mom didn’t really raise them after becoming depressed from her husband’s death. In a way, she seems to be perfectly made for the hunger games. She always hunted and perfected her skills, so that she was ready in case she got picked. This shows to be helpful once she is actually forced into the games, because she is very good with her bow and arrow. Unlike Katniss, Peeta has a very noticeable character development from the beginning to the end.
At the beginning of the novel, he is very shy and has no idea what he’s doing at the start of the hunger games, but with the help of Katniss, he gets better at it and shows his personality more. Haymitch shows a strong character development as well. The reader’s first impression of him is that he’s a careless drunk who doesn’t even want to be there. Throughout the story, you can see him start to care for Katniss and Peeta way more and that he really wants to help them as their sponsor and mentor.
Throughout this novel, the reader feels many different emotions. It is a constant rollercoaster of happy, sad, and anxious. A moment in the novel that makes the reader happy is when Katniss volunteers to save her little sister from getting called to the Hunger Games. Obviously Katniss going into the Hunger Games isn’t good news, but her looking out for her little sister and making that huge sacrifice brings a good feeling to the reader. There are many sad parts in this novel.
The most memorable sad moment is when the reader spends so much time reading about Katniss bonding with Rue, a twelve year old girl from District 11, and then she is shot with an arrow and dies as Katniss holds her in her arms and sings to her. Katniss dresses her dead body with a bunch of beautiful flowers to show the people watching that the death of this innocent little girl is their fault. A part in the novel that makes the reader feel anxious is when Katniss finds the nest of tracker jackers, which are deadly wasps created by the Capitol.
The nest is in a tree directly above a sleeping group of Katniss’s enemies. Katniss climbs the tree and begins sawing the branch to make the deadly wasps fall onto her enemies and kill them, but as she tries cutting it down, the tracker jackers start to sting her. On page 198, she says, “Back, forth, back, forth! The tracker jackers begin to buzz and I hear them coming out. Back, forth, back, forth!” This makes the reader feel on the edge of their seat, wondering if Katniss will successfully drop the nest on her enemies or if the tracker jackers will get angry and swarm her.
In conclusion, The Hunger Games is a novel that brings about many different emotions to the reader. The most noticeable themes in this novel are power and sacrifice. With these themes, the reader is able to see how an imbalance of power in the government has very negative effects on a society. The reader also sees that sacrifices show that you care. The developments of the main characters in this novel reflect how the Hunger Games affect different people in different ways. Overall, this novel is a story that has a big effect on the reader’s emotions and ideas.