The Hunger Games, novel reading

Cover of "The Hunger Games"

Cover of The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games, novel reading;

Katniss loves her sister Prim very much, even volunteers to be the tribute of District 12 to replace Prim because the twelve-year-old Prim is selected in the 74 Hunger Games as tribute. The sibling alike love also appears in Chapter 15 for another girl from District 11 called Rue, who spent quite a lot of time getting along with Katniss in the tree by the river, talking to mockingjay, chewing and spreading the herb on the injured calf of Katniss, a girl with Thresh from District 11. Rue in Chapter 18 is killed by a boy from District 1 by the spear. There are also some descriptions of the selecting of these young tributes:

“…You become eligible for the reaping the day you turn twelve.
That year, your name is entered once.
At thirteen, twice.
And so on and so on until you reach the age of eighteen,
the final year of eligibility,
when your name goes into the pool seven times…
So, at the age of twelve,
I had my name entered four times.
Once because I had to,
and three times for tessae for grain and oil for myself,
Prim and my mother…
So now, at the age of sixteen,
my name will be in the reaping twenty times.
Gale, who is eighteen and has been either helping or single-handedly feeding a family of five for seven years,
will have his name in forty-two times.”

The Hunger Games novel of Suzanne Collins, Book One, has 27 chapters, and in the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games, two victors from District 12, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, in the Chapter 25 of the novel have already won the 74th hunger game. The remained two chapters, in the Chapter 26 it is dedicated to describe the Post Trauma Stress Disorder(PTSD) alike reaction of Katniss when she sees the doctors working on Peeta through the glass, and listens to the suggestion from Haymitch (about how to talk to the public or the press),
“Your only defense can be you were so madly in love you weren’t responsible for your actions.”

But we can see that Katniss is in doubt in her own conscious words that,
” I can’t pull off the girl-driven-crazy-by-love scenario Haymitch has suggested.”

That will be like caught between the Scylla and Charybdis a situation for Katniss to choose her own strategy.

The final chapter in Chapter 27 collects small details about daily life of the bread winners and lovers, also in words of Katniss that “dreading the moment when I will finally have to let go.”

David CK Chang, SSN057-86-4042,
May 4, 2012,
New Taipei City Library,
Panchiao, New Taipei City


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