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Suzanne Collins

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the-hunger-games-suzanne-collins_v2BreadRepresents sustenance and the fulfillment of basic needs for survivalMockingjaySymbolizes resistance to the Capitols control and survival against the odds FireEmbodies the passion and anger that fuel the rebellion and lead to transformation The Hunger GamesKatniss and Peeta travel from District 12 to the Capitol arena, where they defy the Capitol's wishes to win the Hunger Games. Hailed as heroes in the districts, they are considered dangerous enemies by President Snow. 1Catching FireAfter their victory, Katniss and Peeta enjoy the Capitol lifestyle for a short time. Then, President Snow tries to prevent a rebellion by sending Katniss and other victors back into the arena, but his efforts backfire when a secret network of rebels rescues Katniss. 2MockingjayKatniss struggles to accept her role as the symbol of the rebellion while trying to sort out her feelings for Peeta and seeing the ashes of District 12; she seeks justice for the fallen and freedom for the future of Panem. 3Katniss EverdeenPassionate, fiery hunter; committed to bringing justice to the oppressedPresident SnowVindictive leader of the government of Panem; determined to quell rebellionGale HawthorneJustice-seeking hunter; devoted to the rebel causePeeta MellarkKind, compassionate bakers son; key part of the rebels' planHaymitch AbernathyDrunken, unhappy former victor of the Hunger Games; helps Katniss, Peeta, and other rebelsPrimrose EverdeenCaring, devoted family member; chosen as tribute but replaced by KatnissMain CharactersSISTERSMENTORMENTORFRIENDS &HUNTING PARTNERSALLIES & LOVERSENEMIESThemesPowerOppression of the weak is a means to power.Reality vs. AppearancePerception can be manipulated, masking what is real or true.WarfareAs conflicts erupt, the rebels have to consider whether war is a necessary evil.Haves vs. Have-NotsWealth provides unfair advantages, leading to conflicts between rich and poor.Collins began her writing career with children's TV shows, but it was her books for young adults that gained a huge following— especially with the publication of The Hunger Games trilogy. The trilogys frank perspective on power and violence has made it a lasting literary favorite.SUZANNE COLLINSBORN 1962AuthorEffie Trinket, The Hunger Games, Chapter 1ay the odds be ever in your favor! The Hunger Gamesby the NumbersVictors from District 12 over the 75-year course of the Hunger Games 4Katnisss age in her first Hunger Games16Survivors of the District 12 firebombing in Mockingjay>900Rank of The Hunger Games on the Top Ten Most Challenged Books List of 2013 5thSources: American Library Association,, Encyclopaedia BritannicaCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.In a postapocalyptic world divided into 12 districts, the Capitol government of Panem uses a deadly game of wits to control the masses, who grow increasingly discontent. The Hunger Games series explores the dynamics of power, freedom, and the will to survive through the eyes of Katniss Everdeen—the “mockingjay” who inspires a rebellion.Games of Life & DeathOVERVEW & SYMBOLSEnglishOriginal Language20082010Years PublishedSuzanne CollinsAuthorThe Hunger GamesDystopianSeries

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