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The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

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full title  ·  The Hunger Games

author  · Suzanne Collins

type of work  · Novel

genre  · Dystopia

language  · English

time and place written  · Connecticut, United States, in the mid- to late-2000s

date of first publication  · September 2008

publisher  · Scholastic

narrator  · Katniss Everdeen narrates The Hunger Games as the events of the novel occur.

point of view  · The story is told in the first person and recounts the narrator’s personal history and experiences. The narrator is mostly objective, but on occasion she will imagine what other characters must be feeling.

tone  · Mostly stoic, but occasionally very emotional

tense  · Present

setting (time)  · An indeterminate time more than one hundred years in the future

setting (place)  · Panem, the country created after the governments of North America collapsed

protagonist  · Katniss Everdeen

major conflict  · Katniss must endure numerous deadly ordeals, navigate complex personal relationships, and learn to control how others perceive her in order to survive the Hunger Games.

rising action  · After volunteering to take her sister’s place in the Hunger Games, Katniss has to manage others’ perceptions of her to gain the best strategic advantage possible, then learn to survive inside the arena.

climax  · Having outlasted the other tributes, Katniss and Peeta threaten suicide rather than fight one another after a rule change turns them from allies into adversaries.

falling action  · Even though she and Peeta won the Hunger Games, Katniss must try to assuage the Capitol, which is angry with Katniss for threatening suicide and forcing a decision they didn’t like.

themes  · The inequality between rich and poor; suffering as entertainment; the importance of appearances

motifs  · Fire, defiance, hunting

symbols  · Mockingjay, Panem, Katniss’s dresses

foreshadowing  · Katniss demonstrates her ability to hunt and forage in order to survive; Madge gives Katniss the mockingjay pin; Peeta excels at the camouflage station in training; Katniss saves the berries that killed Foxface.

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