Responding to “Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins

Hunger Games is about a sixteen-year-old girl, Katniss Everdeen contributing her self to take part in the hunger games instead of her younger sister. In Hunger Games, every year, one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 are selected from each of the twelve districts as tributes. There are sent into an outdoor arena to fight to the death. During the game, it is nationally televised and can be viewed from all citizens. The last living tribute is confirmed as the victor and they get to go home. In this book, the central theme which is “inequality between rich and poor” is well explained by many important symbolic events.




“Katniss & Prim.” Team Katniss A Hunger Games Gallery for Katniss Everdeen. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Nov. 2014.
I think one of the important symbolic event in the book is where the poor children from the districts getting chosen as the tributes. This symbol represents the unfairness with the choices that poor people got. The people that are wealthy doesn’t need to participate in the game, and they have the rights to view the games. However, the poor children doesn’t have any choices except for participating in the game.
Another symbolic event that I think it’s important is the scene where the wealthy people bets their money for who’s winning the game. I think this also represents the unfair treatment with people. I think it represents unfairness with the treatments because betting on who is surviving the game is not the right treatment that you should do on people.


Author, Suzanne Collins used a lot of strong, meaningful words when she’s explaining about people’s perspectives and how they are feeling. This makes easier for the readers to imagine how the character feels.  Also, the story line is simple so it is easy to understand the story plot. It is sad, scary but also there are many tension in the book so I’m sure that you will never get bored by reading this book. 

4 Responses

  1. Freddie at |

    The theme “inequality between rich and poor” is very clear and interestling as well as relating to the real world. I’ve watched the movie but I haven’t read the book, however I never thought very deeply about the underlying themes that are trying to be represented, so I found this very informative. I also like the symbols you chose but they could be a bit more concised or focused. Also, maybe try to check for grammar at some places. Overall, I thought this post was really well done.

  2. 19hatakeyaman at |

    I think you wrote a really good essay right here. it’s explaining the whole story in a really easy way. Making a really strong statement about poor and wealthy people was a good idea but I think you could write more symbols. It will better.

  3. Kanna at |

    Hey Ayaka! I liked reading this book too, it was really captivating. I haven’t read the third book in this series though! I really should. I think your theme summarizes one of the main concepts in this book, nice!
    Your blog post is very detailed and it’s clear to understand your explanations 🙂 The symbolic events throughout the story you described are perceptive 😀 Nice blog post Ayakaaa!

  4. Andrew Hutton at |

    You have chosen some apt symbolic events and identified a pertinent theme. What about some more concrete objects in the story? Might they add to this meaning somehow?


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