Literary Analysis of "The Hunger Games"

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Hunger Games “District 12. Where you can starve to death in safety.” Suzanne Collins, the best selling author of The Hunger Games trilogy, began her career in 1991 writing children television shows. She wrote many shows including Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Little Bear. She has a double major in Drama and Telecommunications. When she wrote The Hunger Games, it immediately became a New York Times best seller. In The Hunger Games, the author uses appropriate setting, supplemental word choice, and an inexorable tone. The setting in the first chapter of The Hunger Games emphasizes and introduces the conflict that will be the main plot of the entire book. “Our part of District 12, nicknamed the Seam, is usually crawling with coal miners heading out to the morning shift at this hour…. Men and women with hunched shoulders, swollen knuckles, many who have long since stopped trying to scrub the coal dust out of their broken nails, the lines of their sunken faces. But today the black cinder streets are empty (Suzanne Collins 4).” District 12 is the poorest and farthest district in the country of Panem. Collins begins the story in the poorest part of the district, called the Seam, where the only real jobs are down in the coalmines. Many of the people in District 12 are starving and only a couple brave souls dare to go into the woods illegally to hunt for food. The setting helps make the poverty of these people understood. The word choice helps understand what the narrator, who is also the main character of the book, is feeling and sincerely thinking. “The crowd draws in a collective breath and then you can hear a pin drop, and I’m feeling nauseous and so desperately hoping that it’s not me, that it’s not me, that it’s not me (Collins 20).” Collins uses intricate words that give the story a lot more depth than if she had used commonplace, everyday words. Not only does she use

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