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1 The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins Introduction to the Novel

2 Would you be willing to sacrifice yourself for the good of a group?

3 Do you think the government should expect citizens to self- sacrifice? If so, to what degree?

4 winner Imagine competing in a live televised reality show in which the winner is showered with gifts such as…

5 home money career …a new home, money for life, and a career mentoring new opponents each year?

6 But if you LOSE… LIFE You pay with your LIFE.

7 Still want to play? What if you didnt have a choice? have a choice?

8 Katniss Everdeen Sixteen-year old Katniss Everdeen doesnt have to imagine. This is her reality.

9 The Hunger Games The Underland Chronicles The Hunger Games trilogy is written by Suzanne Collins. She began writing for childrens television shows before writing her first novel. She is also the author of The Underland Chronicles.

10 The Hunger Games S he was inspired to write The Hunger Games after she had been channel surfing between watching live coverage of the Iraq war and a reality TV show.

11 mythology Roman gladiator battles She was also influenced by mythology, especially the story of Theseus and the Minotaur. Roman gladiator battles as entertainment for the masses contributed, as well.

12 Dystopia totalitarian Dystopia is a fictional society characterized by human misery, oppression, disease, and overcrowding. The government is usually totalitarian: one that exercises control over the freedom, will, or thought of others. Utopia Utopia is an imaginary place that is ideally perfect: free from poverty and suffering.

13 It is many years in the future, and the world is not the same world we live in today. Katniss lives in what used to be North America, but is now known as Panem.

14 Panem is made up of 12 different districts. Each of these districts has a particular industry and each is representative of a Dystopian society.

15 The Capitol is a Utopian society.

16 The Capitol The land mass represents what would be left of North America if the sea levels were to rise 100 feet. District 12

17 After the last uprising, The Capitol destroyed District 13 to squash the rebellion. Now, District 12 is the farthest out from the Capitol, tucked away in the heart of the Appalachia. The Appalachian mountain range is one of the oldest in the world and dates back more than 480 million years.

18 The Appalachian region is known for its natural resources and the mining industries. District 12 provides The Capitol with mined coal. Coal is crucial to the energy supply of the city, though it is considered dirty and lowly to be a miner. Without the coal, The Capitol would not be able to continue on the way it is.

19 Prim Katnisss father died in a mine explosion when she was 11 and her younger sister, Prim, just eight years old. Her mother became depressed, leaving Katniss to fend for her family.

20 woods hunting gathering She turned to the woods --the forbidden area outside the district 12 fence--and began hunting and gathering in order to feed her sister, mother, and herself.

21 Seventy four years ago, the thirteen districts rebelled against the Capitol…

22 but they lost...

23 poverty, starvation, hard labor As punishment for the rebellion against the Capitol, the district citizens are forced into a life of poverty, starvation, and hard labor…

24 luxuryease …while the Capitol citizens enjoy a life of luxury and ease.

25 all children aged 12-18 reaping Hunger Games To further repress the district citizens, the Capitol required all children aged 12-18 to enter their names into a lottery or reaping to see who will compete in the annual Hunger Games competition.

26 Every district child aged 12 to 18MUST enter their name into the reaping.

27 Hunger Games, Each year in the Hunger Games, twenty-four death twenty-four district children enter the arena to fight to the death. one Only one will survive victor and be crowned the victor.

28 The Hunger Games The Capitol forces all citizens to watch The Hunger Games competition on live TV. It was created by the Capitol to remind the district citizens of their past wrongs. die Watching their children die is the district citizens repentance repentance for the rebellion.

29 tesserae If, however, they wanted food for themselves and their families, they could sign up for tesserae (which provided grain and oil for one person for a year). The catch? multiple times Their names would be entered into the reaping multiple times for each family member who needs food.

30 Therefore, the poorest and hungriest children with their names in the most are most likely to have their names called. But not always…

31 And that is where the story begins… first two chapters Read the first two chapters before proceeding.

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