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Why is she doing this? Whyam I letting her? She shakes her head. Does this mean we were right to standby? That she has forgiven me? She taps her lips with her fingers then points to my chest.
Ithink she means that I would just have ended up an Avox, too. Probably would have. An Avox or dead. I spend the next hour helping the redheaded girl clean theroom. When all the garbage has been dropped down a dispos-al and the food cleaned away, she turns down my bed.
I crawlin between the sheets like a five-year-old and let her tuck mein. Then she goes.
I want her to stay until I fall asleep. To bethere when I wake up. I want the protection of this girl, eventhough she never had mine. My lessons with Effie and Haymitch areover. This day belongs to Cinna. Maybe hecan make me look so wonderful, no one will care what comesout of my mouth.
The team works on me until late afternoon, turning my skinto glowing satin, stenciling patterns on my arms, paintingflame designs on my twenty perfect nails. Then Venia goes towork on my hair, weaving strands of red into a pattern thatbegins at my left ear, wraps around my head, and then falls inone braid down my right shoulder. They erase my face with alayer of pale makeup and draw my features back out. Hugedark eyes, full red lips, lashes that throw off bits of light whenI blink.
Finally, they cover my entire body in a powder thatmakes me shimmer in gold dust. I can feel the silken inside as they slip it down over mynaked body, then the weight.
It must be forty pounds. Then si-lence.
Where skin shimmers and eyes sh and apparently they make their clothes from jewels. Be-cause my dress, oh, my dress is entirely covered in reflectiveprecious gems, red and yellow and white with bits of blue thataccent the tips of the flame design.
The slightest movementgives the impression I am engulfed in tongues of fire. I am not pretty. I am not beautiful. I am as radiant as thesun. For a while, we all just stare at me. I hold out my arms and spin in acircle.
The prep team screams in admiration. That heknows how dreadful I am. Haymitch called me a dead slug.
Cinna thinks about this a moment. The prep team adores you. You even won r the Gamemakers. No one can help butadmire your spirit.
This is a new thought. In a sort of brave way. Cinna takes my icy hands in his warm ones. Who would your best friend be?
Iwould never be telling Gale those things about me. He alreadyknows them. Could you think of me as a friend? Because it might be,really. Or at least a straw to grasp at. The interviews take place on astage constructed in front of the Training Center. As Cinna turns the doorknob, I stop his hand.
Portia and her gang have been hard at work. Peetalooks striking in a black suit with flame accents. Hay-mitch and Effie are all fancied up for the occasion.
When the elevator opens, the other tributes are being linedup to take the stage. All twenty-four of us sit in a big arcthroughout the interviews.
How Iwish I could be first and get the whole thing out of the way! Plus, the audiencewill start to get bored, just as the Gamemakers did. So act like it. I thought we abandoned that when Peeta asked forseparate coaching.
But I guess that was a private, not a publicthing. Just stepping on the stage makes my breathing rapid andshallow. I can feel my pulse pounding in my temples.
An elevated seatingunit has been set up for prestigious guests, with the stylistscommanding the front row. The cameras will turn to themwhen the crowd is reacting to their handiwork. A large balco-ny off a building to the right has been reserved for the Game-makers. Television crews have claimed most of the other bal-conies.
But the City Circle and the avenues that feed into it arecompletely packed with people. Standing room only. At homesand community halls around the country, every television setis turned on. Every citizen of Panem is tuned in. There will beno blackouts tonight.
Caesar Flickerman, the man who has hosted the interviewsfor more than forty years, bounces onto the stage. Same face under a coating of pure whitemakeup. Same hairstyle that he dyes a different color for eachHunger Games. Same ceremonial suit, midnight blue dottedwith a thousand tiny electric bulbs that twinkle like stars. They do surgery in the Capitol, to make people appear young-er and thinner. In District 12, looking old is something of an ievement since so many people die early.
You see an elder-ly person you want to congratulate them on their longevity,ask the secret of survival. But here it isdifferent. He looks freakish but lessfrightening than he did last year when his color was crimsonand he seemed to be bleeding. Caesar tells a few jokes towarm up the audience but then gets down to business. The girl tribute from District 1, looking provocative in asee-through gold gown, steps up the center of the stage to joinCaesar for her interview.
With that flowingblonde hair, emerald green eyes, her body tall and lush. Each interview only lasts three minutes. Then a buzzergoes off and the next tribute is up.
I sit like a lady, the way Effie showed me, as the districtsslip by. Everyone seems to be playing up some angle. The monstrous boy from District 2 is a ruthless killing ma-chine. The fox-faced girl from District 5 sly and elusive. I spot-ted Cinna as soon as he took his place, but even his presence not relax me. The crippled boy from 10 is veryquiet. Rue, who is dressed in a gossamer gown complete withwings, flutters her way to Caesar.
A hush falls over the crowdat the sight of this magical wisp of a tribute. The boy tribute from District 11, Thresh, has the same darkskin as Rue, but the resemblance stops there.
If only I was his size, I could get away with sullen and hos-tile and it would be just fine! I bet half the sponsors are atleast considering him. What did he say? My mouth has gone as dry as sawdust. I desperately findCinna in the crowd and lock eyes with him. I imagine thewords coming from his lips. Be honest, I think. Be honest. Caesar laughs, and vaguely I realize some of the audiencehas joined in.
I nod. This is what I meanabout Caesar. He tries to help you out. Whatdid you think of that costume? Big laugh. A real one from the audience. Cinna, my friend, I should tell him anyway. Twirl for me. I spin in a circle once and the reaction is immediate.
The audience breaks intocheers. But the nerves and thespinning have gotten to me. Caesar wraps a protective arm around me. So, how about that training score. Give us a hintwhat happened in there. My lips are sealed. His mood is quieter now. Can you tell us about her? No, not all of you. But maybe Cinna. And I love her more than anything. After the reaping?
I swallow hard. But instead of warmth, I feel an icy rigidity take over mybody. My muscles tense as they do before a kill. When I speak,my voice seems to have dropped an octave.
The buzz-er goes off. Best of luck, KatnissEverdeen, tribute from District Twelve. I look to Cin-na for reassurance. He gives me a subtle thumbs-up. Hehas the audience from the get-go, though; I can hear themlaughing, shouting out. Thenhas a funny anecdote about the perils of the Capitol showers.
Peeta hesitates, then gives an unconvincing shake of hishead. There must be some special girl. Peeta sighs. Unrequited love theycan relate to. You win, you go home. Peeta blushes beet red and stammers out. Then I can see my face, mouth halfopen in a mix of surprise and protest, magnified on everyscreen as I realize, Me!
He means me! I press my lips togetherand stare at the floor, hoping this will conceal the emotionsstarting to boil up inside of me. The crowd is murmuring inagreement, a few have even given agonized cries. The crowd screams assent. Peeta has absolutelywiped the rest of us off the map with his declaration of love me. We stand for theanthem. Poor tragic us. But I know better. After the anthem, the tributes file back into the TrainingCenter lobby and onto the elevators.
I make sure to veer into acar that does not contain Peeta. The crowd slows our entou-rages of stylists and mentors and chaperones, so we have onlyeach other for company. No one speaks. My elevator stops todeposit four tributes before I am alone and then find the doorsopening on the twelfth floor. Peeta has only just stepped fromhis car when I slam my palms into his chest. He loses his bal-ance and crashes into an ugly urn filled with fake flowers.
Theurn tips and shatters into hundreds of tiny pieces. Peeta landsin the shards, and blood immediately flows from his hands. No right to go saying those things aboutme! Now the elevators open and the whole crew is there, Effie,Haymitch, Cinna, and Portia. Haymitch turns on me.
Turning me into some kindof fool in front of the entire country? To you! That boy just gave you something you could neverachieve on your own. You were about asromantic as dirt until he said he wanted you.
Now they all do. The star-crossed lovers fromDistrict Twelve! Haymitch grabs my shoulders and pins me against the wall. The most I could say about you after your interview was thatyou were nice enough, although that in itself was a small mi-racle. Oh, oh, oh, how theboys back home fall longingly at your feet. Which do you thinkwill get you more sponsors?
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I shove hishands off my shoulders and step away, trying to clear myhead. Cinna comes over and puts his arm around me. My cheeks burn again at the thought of Gale.
So what does it matter? My anger fading. Haymitch is right. I survived my interview, but what wasI really? A silly girl spinning in a sparkling, dress. Theonly moment of any substance I hail was when I talked aboutPrim. Silly and sparkly and forgettable.
No, not en-tirely forgettable, I have my eleven in training. But now Peeta has made me an object of love. Not just his. Did she What are world since the early days of television with shows the most important skills she has for staying alive? Her skill with a bow and Pageant , but in the 21st century there has been arrow? Her trapping ability? What qualities of her a tremendous growth of competitive shows and personality keep her going?
Her capacity for love? Her survival shows. Discuss this phenomenon with intelligence? Her self-control? What other aspects of our popular culture do you see reflected in this story? Haunted by nightmares of the brutal deaths in the arena, Katniss is confused by her feelings for Peeta, while her relationship with her hunting partner and oldest friend, Gale, is changed in subtle ways.
Most challenging, though, is her relationship to the leaders in the Capitol. Her act of defiance in attempting a double suicide at the end of the Games forced them to allow both her and Peeta to live, and there are intimations that Katniss has now become a symbol for rebellion in the Districts.
The Victory Tour, designed to remind the people in the Districts of the power of the Capitol, may be having quite a different effect this year. Every 25 years the Capitol devises a new twist for the reaping, and this year they announce that the tributes will be chosen from among the victors of previous Games.
Thrown into the arena once more with Peeta, Katnisss strategy must be different this year, but even Katniss doesnt realize the implications of these Games and the outside forces that are gathering strength to undermine the entire society.
Discussion Questions for Catching Fire 1. Why does she say, The and Peeta, their relationship to each other, and their Games have spoiled even that. Theres no going feelings about their future? Though cedure for every 25th Game? Do you believe the she is stiff and formal with him, what are her true requirements for this Quarter Quell were decided in feelings? How did the events in the first Games affect the past or were they designed for this Game to force their relationship?
Katniss and Peeta back to the arena? What does he mean when he says, you have pro- What does it mean to the people in the Districts and vided a spark which left unattended may grow into the people in the Capitol? Why does Plutarch Heav- an inferno? What, exactly, was the significance of ensbee show Katniss the hidden mockingjay image the handful of poisonous berries at the end of The on his watch?
Discuss how the mockingjay species Hunger Games? What does he mean when he says,It Johanna. What made Katniss realize that Wiress and cant be about just saving us anymore? How does Beetee would be helpful allies in the arena? What Gales whipping change Katnisss thinking about important contribution does each one of the allies escape and her feelings for Gale?
What is the role of the unseen sponsors? No decent person ever does? Is she being What makes her realize that the physical traumas like the fog and rain of fire, or fighting the Capitol is more important than running the emotional trauma of hearing the jabberjays?
What is the importance of her meeting with Who is the enemy? Have of Katniss and Peeta if they know that they will be the other tributes been trying to keep Peeta or returning to the Games in the Quarter Quell? What Katniss alive? Which of them is most important to the does the Capitol hope to gain by sending previous rebellion? Is it really, as Katniss says, Why were they kept in the dark How many different Second Quarter Quell? How does it affect their ways can you identify the theme of catching fire in understanding of Haymitch and the mockingjay this volume?
How did Haymitch trick the Capitol? Why do they each take the chance of offending those who will control the Games? How does this change their feelings for each other? Why are the Capitol officials attacking those who have befriended her?
Why is Cinna attacked just before Katniss is placed in the arena? When does she realize the importance of forming alliances with the other tributes? Why does Finnick save Peetas life? When does Katniss realize that her first impression of Finnick was wrong? About Mockingjay Katniss has been rescued from the Quarter Quell, along with several of her allies in the Games, but Peeta is now a prisoner of President Snow in the Capitol. As she recovers from her trauma in the arena, Katniss becomes aware that the rebellion has begun in earnest, orchestrated by District 13, the place she once believed was obliterated in the last war.
Gale, along with his family and Katnisss sister and mother, has escaped the destruction of District 12 and all are now settling into a new life in the vast underground installation that comprises District Katniss is reluctant at first to assume the role planned for her the face of the rebellion, the Mockingjay. Only after a televised interview showing Peeta in the hands of the Capitol does she understand what she must do, using the costume created for her by Cinna before he was killed.
But she is uncomfortable with the orchestrated and controlled handling of her image and the militaristic members of the rebellion, especially the calculating leader, Coin. Determined to be the one to assassinate President Snow and to help bring about the downfall of the Capitol, Katniss once again finds herself in an arenaonly this one represents a life or death struggle for the entire society.
Katniss faces critical choices: Whom should she trust? What should her role be? Do ends justify means? What is right and wrong? What truths must she follow? What is the meaning of Why do they distrust each other from the beginning? Why does she keep How does Coin treat the conditions that Katniss repeating facts about herself?
Is Katniss really a threat to Coins power? What role does Buttercup play in the 6. How does this reflect on 3. What is the difference between the of District 13? What makes her say,In some ways prep team and the filming crewCressida, Mesalla, District 13 is even more controlling than Castor, and Polluxwho are also from the Capitol?
Through the downloading of supplemental goods the citizens of the districts were able to feel a measure of agency or control within the framework of the forced media spectacle.
They were able to take the small economic gains they may have raised during that year and apply them to providing some exorbitantly priced help to their loved ones. This was a direct method for controlling the economic output of the districts, preventing most of them from rising to a level of sustainable living during the rest of the year. Finally, the random nature of the drawing for the Hunger Games is purposefully designed to maximize the focus of attention on particular individuals.
The experiences Katniss has in The Hunger Games take even her most private moments and reconstruct them as public spectacle. Peeta's declarations of love and intimacy within the cave he and Katniss are hiding are broadcast to the entire viewing public, turning a personal moment for many young women into another entertainment to be consumed. Similarly, the dashboard cameras of many Russian motorists which captured the spectacular fall of a meteorite, a moment of shared awe for many people of our world, quickly became another source for cheap entertainment by many citizens in the West.
People were drawn to the dashboard cameras tapes for quick laughs as they watched short videos of failed attempts at insurance fraud, traffic accidents, and general highway shenanigans. This form of entertainment acted to both distance and draw close individuals within the global village.
People from within the videos were seen as fascinating examples of why those in other countries were different or weird while also using the technology of the web to draw people further into their lives. What was intended for the private use within litigation became an open technology for public consumption and amusement.
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At the end of the thrill with the dashboard cameras, most people of the US did not create a closer or more empathetic bond with those of Russia or around the world but instead was further disconnected from other global citizens lives after having seen them as comedy instead of documentary. Conclusion Modern global citizens, such as those within the United States, mirror the disposition and role of the citizens of the Capitol within the Hunger Games.
Through the mediation of our everyday experiences we have come to see necessities and personal stories of others are fodder for our personal entertainment. We grant equal weighting in our consumption of media to the stylized imagery of real violence, consumer advertisements, and fictional heroes.
We have even begun to turn our lens onto our own lives, viewing our own habits as both a source of distraction and avenue for a sterile, manufacturing-based optimization.
Much like the citizens of the Capitol who yearn for the pageantry of the Hunger Games to glimpse an abstracted and vaudevillian representation of life in the districts, we have begun to look around the globe for mediated representations of the lives of others. We see them as glossy photographs of wars we have begun or as interesting cultural entertainment.
As Baudrillard has argued the mediated and image-based nature of modern communication has not served to bring us together into a global community of authentic interaction but instead served to enhance the divide between us as we substitute the virtual experience for the genuine. We have taken on the role of Effie from within The Hunger Games, secure in our role as voyeur, examining the world and lives of those around us to better understand how they may serve our personal needs for entertainment, advancement, and self-fulfillment while ignoring their needs for security, empathy, and aid.
Portland, 29 07 Andrejevic, Mark. Baudrillard, Jean. Cadden, Mike. A Conversation with Suzanne Collins. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic Press, Fisher, Mark. Gelpi, Christopher. Jenkins, Henry, et al. Chicago: The MacArthur Foundation, The Hunger Games Adventures.
January McLuhan, Marshall and Quentin Fiore. The Medium is the Massage. New York: Bantam Books, Morris, Jonathan. Nash, Nathan. Panem October.The tribute train is fancier than even the room in theJustice Building. The place animals go before slaughter. You just clipped your first slide! In fact, every year I have needed to do this.
That seems odd, but hunger wins outover curiosity and I load up my plate with breakfast before Ijoin them.
Only I keep wishing ould think of a way to.
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