Hunger Game Reflction – Book Report/Review Example
Lecturer s Hunger games One of the key terms I find interesting in the poem is the extensive use of figurative language in whichthe writer uses words and/or expressions which are far from the literal meaning or interpretation. For instance, the writer says, “With both of us hunting daily, there are still nights when games has to be swapped for lard or shoelaces or wool, still nights when we go to bed with our stomachs growling” (9). In this case the speaker uses personification so that the reader can relate the growling sound with the sound usually made by the stomach when one is hungry. Another example is when the writer says “We have to stand for a few minutes in the doorway of the train while the cameras gobble up our images, then we’re allowed inside and the doors close mercifully behind us.”(41). “cameras gobbling” has been used to explain the nature with which their pictures were being taken by the installed cameras in a ‘greedy’ or ‘rapid’ manner’.
One of the themes in huger games is society and class. The hunger games is a novel about people who live in the society but who are from different class. In other words those who have plenty to eat and those who live in poverty: those who wonder where and when the next meal will be available. The Capitol has hot lots of money and the people in it are wealthy. The capitol is wealthier whereas some other districts are privileged and therefore have a upper hand in training their respective tributes to do well in the hunger games. In explaining how wealthy Capitol is the writer says, All year, the Capitol will show the winning district gifts of grain and oil and even delicacies like sugar while the rest of us battle starvation” (19-20). On the other side District 12 is a poor coal mining region which has no real chance against the others in the games. The games are viewed as torturous where the “capitol requires us to treat the hunger games as a festivity, a sporting event pitting every district against the others”(19). This is a case where the reader has been put to task to think how money can change things in life and how it changes one’s perception about the world.
Katniss is a sixteen year old girl in the novel and she is the protagonist of the novel as well as being the narrator. She is described as strong, resourceful and she is m ore mature than her age could suggest. She is the ultimate provider for her family filling her father’s shoes after that tragic coal accident. Katniss says “It was slow-going at first, but I was determined to feed us. I stole eggs from nests, caught fish in nets, sometimes managed to shoot a squirrel or rabbit for stew, and gathered the various plants that sprung up beneath my feet. Plants are tricky. Many are edible, but one false mouthful and youre dead. I checked and double-checked the plants I harvested with my fathers pictures. I kept us alive” (19). Katniss is the survivor as the mom comments, in a rather cold style, “She’s a survivor, that one” (31). Katniss also grows from a girl from an impoverished town to become a celebrity in the town, contrary to her own traits where she is never charming or funny or even likable on television. Haymitch describes her as “sullen and hostile” whenever she opens her mouth (17). However she does not get swayed by her new status as she hardly changes from her own style. Katniss is an example of how money transforms one in the society and how people look at a person when s/he gains higher social and economic status.
Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire (The Second Book of the Hunger Games). Vol. 2. Scholastic Inc., 2010.