The Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins And The Things They Carried

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What makes one story seem similar to another? While some may believe it to be the plot, or character similarities, it actually has more to do with it’s theme. A stories theme is dependent upon many factors such as plot, character portrayal, setting, symbolism, motifs, and tone. The theme dictates the overall moral of a story, and rely upon the reader’s ability to extract information about the characters, action, and setting presented by it’s author.“The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins, and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien are two fitting examples of this. Both of these stories share a similar theme. This theme centers around survival, as well as the suffering caused by both physical and emotional burdens which people carry through difficult times.
Both of these stories, while vastly different in plot, take place in a harsh environment where the characters own skills and abilities determine the fate of themselves as well as the people around them. In Tim O’Brien’s story “The Things They Carried”, the stories setting takes place in the harsh and violent Vietnam War. Whereas in Suzanne Collins 's “The Hunger Games”, a vast majority of the story takes place in “the arena”, where Katniss Evergreens life depends on her own skills and will to survive against the other brutal “tributes” in the games. Both of these settings are similar in that they are very difficult and dangerous places, where the goal at the end of the day for each character is just to survive to see the…

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