The Hunger Games Essay examples

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Krystal Davalos
Professor Tiedemann
June 19, 2013
English 114
In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the term survival means the struggle of fighting to stay alive due to government control specifically for mental oppression. By better understanding the term survival it is easy to see that people are dying and they always have to be in survival mode in order to stay alive. There are three examples from the book that are related to the term survival. Hunting animals and in some cases people, Haymitch being Katniss and Peetas mentor, and Katniss always being alert and prepared are all a way of survival for The Hunger Games. Survival for Katniss is extremely important “Within a few minutes, I spot a rabbit and make my first kill with the bow and arrow. It’s not my usual clean shot through the eye, but I’ll take it.” (Collins, 198) In this quote, Katniss doesn’t mind what she eats or hunts, in the exception of people, as long as she stays alive. Katniss knowing how to shoot a bow and arrow is a major advantage for her. Also, Katniss knowing the difference between poisonous plants and non-poisonous plants is a chance for her to survive because other tributes from the other districts don’t know the difference between them and eventually poison themselves to death. Taking risks is also a way of survival. In order to survive one must take risks and by Peeta teaming up with other districts is a major risk that can result as a form of survival. Haymitch is a survival tool for both Peeta and Katniss. He is their mentor and is responsible for training Peeta and Katniss on how to survive The Hunger Games. He lets Katniss know that in order for her to survive she needs people to like her. Haymitch also tells Peeta and Katniss that once they get to the Capitol they will make them look more presentable. In the Hunger Games, getting people to like you is a huge way of survival. Sponsors are very important in the Hunger Games because they send you items while you are out in the Arena fighting for your life. For example, Katniss gets injured during the fire the government creates and she is in so much pain. Her sponsors later on send her medicine to cure herself. If it wasn’t for her sponsors and Haymitch, Katniss would have gotten an infection on her injury which would have slowed her down and make it easier for the other tributes to kill her. Katniss always being in survival mode defines the word survival in the Hunger Games. Taking