Reflection On The Hunger Games Essay

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The sad truth is that the number of pieces of literature I have read is not very high for a high school student almost finished with his sophomore year. I feel books aren’t read as much today as they were a few decades ago. One book that I have read not too long ago is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Published in 2008, it is a science fiction novel depicts a dystopian, future society. In this dark, deceptive world, each year a male and female child from each of the 13 districts of Panem are chosen to compete in the Hunger Games. These televised games are part entertainment for the citizens but also retribution for past rebellions against the Capitol. The competitors are placed in an ...view middle of the document...

“Eventually I understood this would only lead us to more trouble. So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into an indifferent mask so that no one could ever read my thoughts. (Collins 6)” This quote from the main character, Katniss, shows how she doesn’t have freedom of speech and could be punished. The Capitol in this novel is the antagonist and with their corrupt ways controls the people. Looking at what has happened in the world of the novel, I am thankful to live free in a country where the people can have a voice and have rights. The lesson I learned is that politics really do matter. As I am growing, my interest in government has increased since I was a careless, young boy. Keeping up with current events going on in my country will keep me better informed; it will help me make the right decisions when I am old enough to vote.
The novel The Hunger Games is told in the perspective of the main character, Katniss Everdeen. She lives in “District 12: Where you can starve to death in safety. (Collins 6)” It is the poorest district in Panem, where the main job is coal mining. Katniss and her family struggle in poverty and Katniss must hunt illegally so they do not starve. She is the sole provider for her family and must take care of her mother and sister. When her sister, Primrose, is chosen as a tribute for the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss bravely volunteers to take her place in the death sentence. "Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor! (Collins 19)” This quote wishes each tribute to have the best chances of staying alive, and by the end of the games Katniss is still alive, but not just because of luck. Katniss’ skill with a bow and arrow had help her find food for her family and in the arena. She battle through hardships and worked hard to stay alive. After winning the Hunger Games, she lives in Victor’s Village and receives money and all the food she and her family needs. From reading this heroic journey of Katniss, I feel that if I work hard enough, I can become successful. I always try to do my best in school to earn good grades which will help me get into college. Katniss’ other personality traits made her, in my opinion, a good role model. One example is her selflessness; she volunteers in her sister’s place which puts her own life very at risk. In my own life, I try to think of others before myself. If I can help another person in anyway I will try to do so.
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