How can one rebel against what they have been taught their entire life? In the novel Catching Fire, the novelist Suzanne Collins depicts events that cause war by the extreme violence used against the citizens of the country. By examining her work, one can see how Collins portrays unsuppressed experiences that lead to chaos. Collins exemplifies that one must use survival skills to overcome poor living conditions. In the novel, Collins presents that a person must be able to put their own lives at risk, in order to survive on their own. The main character – Katniss Everdeen – constantly has to break the law in order for her family to survive by hunting in the woods to scavenge for food (Catching Fire 9). Katniss is known for being talented with a bow and arrow by her reputation of hunting for food, and her survival skills (Citelighter). Collins shows that one must choose between life and death, in order to help the ones you love survive, using whatever resources that can be found. Utilising her skill of survival, Collins portrays that alliances are essential during the Hunger Games, due to the fact that a person cannot survive on their own. One of the allies of Katniss received a spile – a metal peg – which is later used to find drinking water to help them stay alive (Catching Fire 239). The main character had to rely on her alliances to help her stay alive and overcome the challenges within the Games. Collins’ novel exemplifies the idea of how the skill of survival is an essential trait that a citizen has to have in order to live in the country of Panem. The need to master the skill of survival is influenced greatly on the social class that is affected by the government. The people of the districts were brutally hurt or killed when they disobeyed the government only because they are of lower class. One of the main characters, Katniss, experiences the need to stand up for others and she retaliates against the rules to defend the people who cannot defend themselves (Catching Fire 108). The supreme authority that the government has over the citizens of Panem causes them to be frightened, but some try and stand up for their rights, and what they believe in (The Artifice). The citizens of the districts of a higher number, are considered lower class which gives them less of a say to fight for their freedoms, or else they will be punished brutally if they do not co-operate. The disobedience towards the law causes the characters of the novel to show inequality in the different districts by obtaining better living benefits than the other. The author illustrates that the citizens from the Capitol receive better treatment than those from the other districts, by saying “‘It’s from the Capitol. It’s called morphling,’ my mother answers.” (Catching Fire 116). In a direct quote from a movie review, the writer says, “The Capitol, where the wealthy and the only social class that doesn’t have to compete in the deadly Hunger Games resides.” (CINEMABLEND). The writer exemplifies that the Capitol will always be more superior to any other district no matter what, until Katniss or higher authority citizens stand up for everyone else’s rights and freedoms. To prove the theme of social class, Collins further develops the pressure the districts have in order to have equal rights towards the government within her novel. Due the inequality towards the citizens…
from your chosen novel in order to make a solid argument. Clearly identify your thesis and your directional points.
Three Part Summative (12-15 minute presentations)
Part A - Biography/plot summary (max 2 min)
Part B - Oral Essay – Choose 1 of 4 essay questions (apprx 5 min)
Part C – Visual – connecting an issue from the novel to today’s society (apprx 5 min)
1. Novel must be chosen by Monday, September 20th 2012.
2. In-class evaluation for…
Women in history were challenged with expressing themselves in what was considered to be a man’s world that generally refused to allow worth to women's views. Cultural and political events during these centuries increased attention to women's issues such as education and by the end of the eighteenth century; women were increasingly able to speak out against prejudice. The role of women is one of the major themes of Kate Chopin’s The Awakening. The…
and each one was teaching me something new about photography. How to place your subject right, which way turn it. I tried to remember everything, believing that I would need it.
Last year I was thinking about what topic I should choose for my culminating project and I thought about my future career. But then I realized that I want to do something interesting and productive. I wanted project which will be fun to do during the semester. I came up with an idea about art project. I called it “Faces…
Self-Profiling Culminating Task
Hello, my name is Sahan Silva, and these are some thoughts I have on this unit. After taking some of the questionnaires you have asked us to complete, I had a better idea on how these findings may help me choose my future career. The results these questionnaires helped me realize that they’re many more forms of intelligence. In order to succeed we need to be well rounded in all of the different categories. I felt that the surveys were not very organized and the…
Friday January 16th, 2015
Two thousand five hundred years ago, evidence shows that practices and rituals of a religion named Shinto began to emerge. As time passed, the Shinto religion was able to coexist with other religious movements, and not fall behind. After Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism began to move into Japan and China, Shinto appeared to have been captivated by Buddhism, after having adopted many…
Eng 1C H. Fall 2014
September 14, 2014
Every day, thousands of headlines and forms of news data are thrown at us from an assortment of diverse sources within the media. It is easy to gobble up the information we are being fed, and doing so may very well lead to a misinterpretation of the reality of a topic. Many forms of media give off the impression that they are completely reliable in what they are divulging. But somehow, information on a topic and other…
The essays taught me how to better organize my thoughts and be able to communicate them properly. All of the reading and homework assignment showed me how I can better reach my target audience and how to analyze other works. Prior to this course, when I wrote I rarely had a rough draft and seldom did I organized my ideas ahead of time. I think that my writing has improved a lot because I have a better understanding of rhetoric writing and editing, but there is always more…
ENG-150: Interpretive Strategies
20 February 2015
Gabriel Conroy’s National Identity and Power in James Joyce's "The Dead"
James Joyce’s intricate short story “The Dead” can be declared as one of the greatest works in Western literature. This short story serves as the final chapter in the collection of stories by Joyce called Dubliners. “The Dead” specifically, considers the complex issues of national identity and power while using historicism, patriarchy and language as a lens…
ENG 246/ WGS 201 Spring 2014
Choose two of the following three prompts and write for each a 3-4 page essay (double-spaced, approximately 800 words).
• Work with a variety of works from our reading list.
• Structure your essay according to the logic of your argument. Weave ideas together, and make connections when appropriate.
• I don't expect you to include outside sources; however, you may. You can use bits of your own previous writing for this course but none of other student's…