Transcript of The Hunger Games - Introduction
Imagine a world...
where your survival is in the hands of a cruel, ruthless government and a Capitol full of people who watch teenagers kill each other for entertaiment.
Imagine a game...
where the only rule is "Kill or be killed."
Imagine a life...
The Hunger Games!
where your only hope of survival is to beg this cruel government for extra food in exchange for entering your name for more chances to compete in this sadistic game.
The Hunger Games
was written by Suzanne Collins.
The story is set hundreds of years in the future in what used to be North America.
At some point in the past, civilization was nearly destroyed by some horrible disaster
Finally, the country of Panem was formed: A Capitol surrounded by thirteen districts.
Then, about seventy-five years before the beginning of the book, some of the districts rebelled against the Capitol. The Capitol won the civil war. District 13 was completely obliterated. The remaining twelve districts were given a yearly reminder that another rebellion must never happen.
The Hunger Games.
And to make it worse, the "game" is televised live. In the Capitol, they think it's the height of entertainment. But in the districts, it's just one more level of torture.
16 years old
Lives in District 12
Provides for her family by hunting illegally in the forest
Katniss's 12-year-old sister
18 years old
Katniss's best friend and hunting partner
16 years old
Son of a baker
Winner of the 50th Hunger Games
Has to serve as a mentor for District 12's teenage tributes each year
Important SYMBOLS to watch for:
You'd be surprised how significant it is.
The Panem Seal and National Anthem
Think the opposite of patriotic pride.
The Mockingjay Bird
Notice the cover of all three books in the series.
THEMES to think about while you read:
Does some reality TV go too far? Are we overly-obsessed with the lives of celebrities? Is it wrong of us to enjoy watching someone do something despicable, embarrasing, or dangerous on live TV?
Desensitization to Violence
Can you imagine watching a fight-to-the-death game show on live television? Is our society so desensitized to violence that we would ever allow something like that to go on? And would you watch it if you could?
War and Violence
Is it wrong to enjoy watching violence? When are violence and war justified?
When is rebellion necessary? Would you risk your safety and maybe your life to stand up against something you thought was wrong?
Love and Friendship
Do love and friendship get in the way of survival, or do they help us survive?
How far would you be willing to go to survive? Are there any lines you wouldn't cross, things you wouldn't do to keep yourself alive?
Humanity and Inhumanity
If you had to choose between your own survival and doing something horrific and violent, what would you do? Why do some people respond to life and death situations by becoming more humane while others respond by becoming more selfish and inhumane?
Are you ready?
Ladies and gentleman, let the Seventy-Fourth Hunger Games Begin!
Remember "the girl who was on fire."
and the war that came afterwards as survivors fought over the remaining resources.
Every year, two teenagers--one boy and one girl--are selected as "tributes" in a lottery.
The twenty-four teenagers are then put in an arena to fight to the death.
Here is the author, Suzanne Collins, explaining how the story originated in her mind.
“Brilliantly plotted and perfectly paced… The considerable strength of the novel comes in Collins’s convincingly detailed world-building and her memorably complex and fascinating heroine.”
The New York Times
"As close to a perfect adventure novel as I've ever read."
Rick Riordan, author of The Percy Jackson series
"People often ask me for reading suggestions, and I'm always happy to share because books are exciting things to me. My latest excitement is this: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. I was so obsessed with this book I had to take it with me out to dinner and hide it under the edge of the table so I wouldn't have to stop reading. The story kept me up for several nights in a row, because even after I was finished, I just lay in bed wide awake thinking about it. The Hunger Games is amazing."
Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga
Is the book any good?
Hunger game refers to an annual event carried out in Panem; a country in the science fiction work of arts by Suzanne Collins. In her trilogy, “The Hunger Games” issued in 2008, “Catching Fire” published in 2009, and “Mockingjay” published in 2010, Collins depicts a future country at the mercy of its leaders. Panem comprises of thirteen districts and its leaders conduct government businesses in Capitol. Hunger game was invented as a punishment for rebellion; the thirteen districts had rebelled against Capitol forcing the governing unit to create a game that would always remind the people it was in control. The annual hunger games, as depicted in the books and later in a film bring out the various activities that preceded and followed the event including reaping, mentoring, tokens, bloodbaths, feasts, and quarter quells.
Capitol expected the 13 districts to hold a reaping ceremony each year. Every family in Panem was expected to put a slip containing the name of their children aged between the age of twelve and eighteen years in glass jars. A district representative would then pick a slip from the jars to produce contestants (tributes) in the hunger game; 24 contestants took part in the game whereby each district produced male and female tributes. The reaping ceremony contributed to reaping of children participants by the capital because it provided the governance with the necessary information about children. The chosen tributes would then be taken to an arena to fight for their lives and the person who outlived the others was recognized as the victor; except in a few cases.
Capitol invented the other activities of the hunger game to make it more exciting for the ruling class and devastate the districts. The mentoring activity, for example, required survivors of previous hunger games to guide those eligible for future hunger games. Every tribute was given a token intended to remind him or her of home. Sponsors sent aid to the arena to facilitate gaming. Bloodbaths referred to the killing of tributes; most died early in the competition. The Capitol organized feasts to increase bloodbath in hunger games but attendance remained an option. The quarter quells allowed the rulers to change the rules of the game after every 25 years. Ultimately, hunger games put young children and their districts through shocking torture and experiences because tributes could even kill to survive.