20 September, 2012
The Themes That Caught Fire
Suzanne Collins is a great author who helped create many masterpieces not only in literature but also on television. She worked with many shows on Nickelodeon such as Little Bear and Oswald. Collin’s first real book that was published was Gregor the Overlander, which then lead to the entire Underlanders series. In 2008, Collins began writing The Hunger Games series and in 2009, Catching Fire was released. Collins essentially got the idea for these books from the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur (Suzanne). Most of Collin’s writings are very violent and graphic, and this book is no exception. This book follows the adventures of Katniss Everdeen as she is forced to compete in the Hunger Games, a competition where twenty-four teenagers must fight to the death, once again. As a result of her actions in the first Hunger Games, Katniss has unintentionally created a rebellion throughout the country attempting to overthrow the government. The themes in the book Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins are survival, rebellion and government control.
Survival may be the most potent theme in this book and the whole series. The entire series revolves around the Hunger Games which is a competition of survival itself. The tributes in the games had to even work together in order to achieve their goal of survival. The challenge of just getting any food was one of the hardest tasks in the Games, yet essential for continued existence. Even before the Games and the rebellion, it was still a game of survival. Most of the people in the districts were starving and some even had to find their own food by illegally poaching animals outside the district boundaries. Hunger was not the only thing the citizens had to endure; disease and dangers from work are both things that could kill a person in District 12. Katniss’ own father is a good example of how dangerous people’s jobs can be. Her dad was a worker in the coal mines and one day...