ENG280: The Hunger Games: Part I (Responses)
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TimestampNames (first only)The Title: Look closely at the title. Before you know the story, what does the phrase "The Hunger Games" seem to mean to you? Think closely about the denotation and connotation of the words and what they may mean in juxtaposition. Symbolism: What are the major symbols, groups of symbol types (or “tropes”), and symbolic actions in The Hunger Games? What are the connotations of these symbols? The Monomyth: In Part I of the book, what are Katniss’s tests or challenges? Does she pass them or succeed? How?The Lover: Describe the "love" triangle between Katniss, Gale, and Peeta. Since our narrative perspective (or "camera" if you like) stays on Katniss, how does that affect our perception of the two males? Borderlands: The Hunger Games features a significant amount of border, boundary, and threshold crossings, both literal and figurative. Make a quick list of some of these. What do these crossings (or transgressions) mean for Katniss? How do they represent the beginning of her journey as a hero?Liminal and Authorized Spaces: The Hunger Games sets up a contrast between places and spaces which are "authorized" and spaces which might are "forbidden". Describe these spaces. Who (and what) occupies these different spaces? Why do you think the author would have these types of spaces feature so strongly in a book for teens and young adults?Archetypes: What are Katniss's core archetypes as expressing Part I? What actions does she take in Part I that invoke these archetypes? Are her thoughts always in accordance with her actions? Why or why not?
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11/25/2014 15:11:17Asia, Tiffany
Forbidden places are outside their district like the woods. The People of Panem have districts that they are to stay in. It instills a sense of boundaries in teens and young adults.
She takes her sisters spot in the Reaping . She is a Caregiver for that reason.
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11/25/2014 15:11:18
Constantina, Troy, Deïka
She does pass her challenges, one of her tests is to get the attention of the game makers and by the time it was her turn to go up it was the 24th tribute so they really weren't paying too much attention to her, they were more focused on the food. She was shooting the arrows and she kept missing and eventually she started to hit the target. She finally got their attention when she shot the apple in the pig's mouth and she got the highest score of 11.
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11/25/2014 15:11:36Ninfa, Yadira
The name-drawing glass ball: Risk, death
Connotation: Lottery, luck

Bow and arrow: Skill, Hard-worker
Connotation: Fighting

The Hunger 'Games': Better life for a district
Connotation: Winning
Loses her mother's care/passes by providing for her family
Care for her sister/passes by risking herself instead
Gale probably has feelings for Katniss; they know each other so well and for so long. Peeta is attracted to Katniss; has some history with her. Katniss doesn't seem to display any romantic feelings for anyone. She's very focused on her duties.
- Upper class vs lower class. Lower class have to fight for foods.
- Burnt bread is for poor people

She becomes a hero when she saves her sister's life and volunteering for the Hunger Games.
Even though they are together a lot, Peeta and Katniss can't have a relationship if they're competing against each other.

To demonstrate that people have tough choices and can't let impulsive feelings rule them.
Caregiver, takes care of her family.
Orphan, lost her father and mother in a way
Lover, loves her sister more than anything else
Warrior, risking herself to win for her family
Seeker, wants to learn new survival methods
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11/25/2014 15:12:01Gail, James, Dieris
The love triangle between Katniss, Gale and Peeta is very much complicated. Katniss loved Gale when she was back at home but being that she went through a lot with Peeta she feels she needs to give him some kind of hope to survive the Hunger Games. She feels bad for Peeta and actually really has feelings for Gale, her love for Peeta is out of pity. Being that the camera mainly stays on Katniss this makes the two males seem less important and make Katniss look like a dominant figure.
The districts are all separated
There is a twenty-foot high electric fence surrounded the district. Katniss crosses the threshold when she enters the Capitol. The capitol is where she will prepare and train for the games. This is also where she will meet her opponents from the other districts.
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11/25/2014 15:14:03Hillary, Judy, Bilmania
"The Hunger Games" gives an impression of Darwinism, survival of the fittest.
The mockingjay pin was a symbol of protection, and a sign of rebellion against the Capitol.
Katniss' first test was during her private training in front of the Game makers. She wasn't quite used to the bow she was given during training and missed a few shots, which caused her to lose the attention of the Game makers. As a result, she shot the apple out of the pigs mouth into the wall from the banquet table. This grabbed the attention of the Game makers in astonishment.
Katniss has some attachment to Gale, but still refers to him as her best friend. Peeta jokingly refers Gale as Katniss' boyfriend while they were at the Capitol. He then confesses his love for Katniss during the interview with Ceaser, causing Katniss to push Peeta out of embarrassment. Peeta is portrayed as self-conscious, while Gale is portrayed as strong-willed.
Katniss is restricted to act kind to gain sponsors for the Hunger Games. She is unable to leave the Capitol or hurt any of the other Tributes during training. She puts on the act that she is good friends with Peeta, while Peeta claims he has an unrequited love for Katniss. These obstacles that Katniss faces portray the beginning of her journey into the Hunger Games.
The woods in District 12 were off limits, but Katniss and Gale still entered the forest for hunting. The author wanted to show the rebellious behavior that Katniss has from the beginning of the novel. Each district couldn't enter the other districts to emphasize its division as well.
Katniss is portrayed as "The Orphan" when she takes the responsibility to watch over her mother and Prim. She hunts for their meals everyday with Gale and trades for more goods. Katniss often has grim thoughts, but she doesn't act upon it. She thinks before she acts. She is also "The Warrior" for wanting to make a difference. She takes risks to prevent her family from starving.
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11/25/2014 15:14:07
Victoria, Yesenia, Darren
The title "The Hunger Games" before we ever read the story was contradicting. In our opinion, "Hunger" means to struggle, and to starve. Compared to the word "Games" we think of fun, and entertaining.These two words mean the exact difference. Hunger and Games represent two different emotions. In one aspect the Hunger games is for the public's amusement, and those in the Hunger Games are struggling.
A major symbol is the pin Katniss wears. It is a gold ring, with a mocking jay in the middle with the bow in the birds beak. This pin represents District 12.
Some of Katniss's tests and challenges in part 1 are to talk about herself and her life in District 12. she overcomes that by being given advice to just be herself. Another test or challenge is when she is supposed to be observed to score her on her skills. She shot an arrow through the apple of the pigs mouth to get their attention without saying anything "unnecessary". Also, her challenge was to look and stay strong during the reaping. She forced herself not to cry so she doesn't look weak.
The significant features the Hunger Games have are the reaping, the fence (separation between district 12 and the woods), the hotel all tributes stayed. What these crossings mean to Katniss are life and death. Also, it gave Katniss a different sense of life. The difference between life in District 12 and life she lived in the hotel during the process of the Hunger Games.
Katniss's core archetypes as expressing Part I are the caretaker, she is a caretaker because she cares for her family (mother and sister). She supplies them with food everyday. Because her mom left them at one point, Katniss has always been the caretaker for the family. She is also an Ophan because both her and prim(sister) were abandoned by their mother at one point in their lives and had to fend for themselves.
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11/25/2014 15:14:16Alexandra, Bianca
Katniss's core archetypes are The Caregiver, The Hero and The Orphan. Katniss represents The Caregiver archetype b/c she overprotective of her sister. Katniss represents The Hero archetype b/c when her sister gets picked to participate in the Hunger Games, she volunteers to take her place. Katniss represents The Orphan archetype b/c although she lives with her mother and her younger sister, she is the main provider for her family as she is the one responsible for taking care of them and gets food for them, even though her mother should be doing this.
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