Survival Through Harship - The Hunger Games Essay

950 Words Oct 9th, 2013 4 Pages
One inspiring idea in 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins is survival through hardship. In the novel, this idea is shown when Katniss survives the Hunger Games. It is inspiring because we learn that, even though there may be obstacles in our way, if we overcome hardships greatness can follow.

The idea of surviving through hardship is shown throughout Katniss' life in the novel. She lives in the Seam, the poorest area of her district and since her father died at an early age, has been struggling to provide for her mother and younger sister. After barely surviving her childhood, Katniss participates in The Hunger Games, an annual event that involves twenty four participants who kill each other until there is a sole victor- she survives
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Before she enters the arena, she muses- "A desert, a swamp, a frigid wasteland.." Katniss is showing us what she is afraid of, what she thinks the coming events might involve- of course it would be harder to survive in a desert than an arena with plentiful food and water. However, the arena turns out to be a forest, which I think gives Katniss hope because of her familiarity with the woods. She has been in forests often throughout her life so she is more comfortable in the arena , which gives her an advantage over the other tributes. When obstacles like this appear to us, generally we push ourselves harder to overcome the challenge, especially if our prior knowledge can give us a 'head start'. Collins wants us to see Katniss as a hero once we see her hardship. She helps us into that mindset by inserting various references from Ancient Rome and the gladiators- when they won and became victors, they were seen as true heroes. Suzanne Collins wants us to think about Katniss like that because she shows us the importance of overcoming fears and obstacles to survive. This is just one way to inspire us to get past our hardships- we will work harder to achieve and succeed because Katniss shows us it is possible.

In the novel, we also see that by overcoming hardships, we can be lead to greatness and success. By surviving the Games, Katniss shows us that one person alone can make a difference, even if it's only by planting

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