Professor Patricia Sindel-Arrington
Week Four - Homework and Reminders– RDG 091-8 week
December 1, 2012
Sixteen year old Katniss was the main character and narrator of the Hunger Games. After her younger sister, Prim, was chosen to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place as the female tribute from District 12. Gale is Katniss best friend and hunting partner. He is fiercely devoted to his family and to Katniss, and is a true rebel and visionary at heart. He is in love with Katniss and is forced to watch as she volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games and fakes a romance with Peeta in order to stay alive. After the Games, he becomes a threat to the Capitol through his semi-romantic relationship with Katniss, and is used to gain leverage over her. Peeta Mellark, was a baker's son from District 12. He is a very compassionate person and is good with words. He has been in love with Katniss since the age of 5, but never confessed his feelings until he was reaped alongside her for the 74th Hunger Games. He and Katniss play out a romance in the arena in order to garner sponsors and manage to both become Victors by tricking the Gamemakers. Although his feelings are genuine, he is hurt to discover that Katniss's were not entirely.
District 12 is a very poor coal-mining district located in the region formerly known as Appalachia (3.50). Katniss and her family live in the poor section of District 12, the Seam, where the coal-miners live and work.
The Hob is the main headquarters of the black market in District 12. It was known as the only place to buy and sell banned items, such as spirits, poached game, or other goods illegally obtained. It was often open at times when most legal stores would not be, such as on the day of the Reaping and possibly late at night.
The Reaping is the official start of the annual Hunger Games, a competition that requires two teenagers from each district to fight to the death in an arena. This event was designed by the Capitol to keep the districts from starting a second rebellion. The Reaping is the day that the children are picked to participate in the Hunger Games.
In punishment for the uprising, each of the twelve districts must provide one girl and one boy, called tributes, to participate. The twenty-four tributes will be imprisoned in a vast outdoor arena that could hold anything from a burning desert to a frozen wasteland. Over a period of several weeks, the competitors must fight to the death. The last tribute standing wins.
Of District 12's two Hunger Games victors in 72 years, Haymitch is the only one still living. He is a middle-aged man who is always very drunk, but, after seeing some spunk in Katniss and Peeta, he decides that he will sober up enough to mentor them and help them survive the Games. He was also the mentor of Peeta Mellark and Katniss.
Primrose "Prim" is Katniss's younger sister. Unlike her sister in many ways, Prim is the opposite of Katniss in both looks and character; having blonde hair like their mother, a kind hearted personality and a talent for healing. She also has a cat named Buttercup and a goat named Lady.
Katniss volunteered instead of letting Prim go into the hunger games becasue she loves her sister and didn't want to see her die, which would probably be the case seen as she has 1 chance out of 24, with older kids with more experiance. Katniss was willing to die for Prim and volunteered for her. Prim tried to stop Katniss since she knew she would most likely not survive the horror of the games but Gale Hawthorne held her back. If Katniss hadn't vollunteered instead of her sister, everybody would still live their hard, miserable lives
Katniss first interacts with Peeta is when she was eleven. The first time they met, it had been a particularly hard winter day, after her father died. Katniss and her family were on the verge of starvation. Katniss was trying to sell some old baby clothes of Prim's for money for