The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, is a futuristic, sci-fi novel that takes in present-day North America, known as Panem in book. Panem is a country that is made up of 12 poor districts and a wealthy capital. In the story, the capital rules over all the districts and the districts are to supply the capital with the living essentials. The districts live in poverty and face the challenges of survival every day.
The main characters of the story are Katniss Everdeen, Peeta Mellark, and Gale Hawthorn. Katniss is a wise sixteen-year-old girl that has gone from poverty to wealth and is trying to adjust her life to being a Hunger Games tribute. She is forced to feign love with Peeta, which is straining her relationship with her friend Gale Hawthorn. Peeta is a joint tribute with Katniss of the Hunger Games. He is tall buff and belongs to a richer family so isn’t as scrawny as the other boys from District 12. He is madly in love with Katniss but is not sure if she feels the same way about him. Gale is Katniss’s best friend he is two years older than her. The two of them met while hunting for food in the forest. Ever since they met they have been looking out for each other but after Katniss’ public display of love for Peeta, their friendship is going through challenging times.
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The theme of the story is that with proper motivation people can accomplish anything. Such as, when Katniss chooses to stand up to the tyranny of Capital, she becomes the people’s mocking jay, their mascot, and their motivation and starts an uprising against the capital. Which, the people of the districts were unable to do for over seventy-five years of fighting against the capitol.
Rulers of Panem, residing in Capitol, create many conflicts between the people of the districts. However, the main conflict is the one between all the districts and the capitol. The capitol holds the Hunger Games every year to demonstrate its power to the districts. The Hunger Game is a big a free for all fight to the death between two tributes(candidates) from each district: one boy and one girl. The story starts when Katniss’ little sister is chosen to participate in the Hunger Games and Katniss takes her place instead. Katniss faces many challenges and has an interpersonal conflict between Peeta and Gale. The conflict begins when Peeta and Katniss display their affection for each other, while Gale always liked Katniss.
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