Life or Death
It was just one paper, a tiny slip, with her sister's name smoothly printed on. Katniss courageously volunteers to take her sister's place in the callous Hunger Games, the Capitol's version of horrendous gladiator games. The Hunger Games involve young teens that are forced to fight to the death in order to survive. The two main characters, Katniss and Peeta, are forced into the games and do the unthinkable in order to survive. Although, the names of these characters and places that take an above mediocre role in The Hunger Games , Suzanne Collins managed such a precise and detailed description of them.
Katniss and Peeta play a meticulous strategy to survive by being star-crossed lovers of the Hunger Games. Katniss's denotation is somewhat defined in the book itself, "Small, bluish tubers that don't look like much but boiled or baked are as good as any potato" (Collins 52). This is very fitting to Katniss Everdeen because she may be a regular girl anybody can see walking down the street, but when able to show off her skill, she makes a striking impression. Katniss moves and handles a bow and arrow in a deft fashion. She can take care of herself well when she is able to give her best ability, or as her father puts it, "As long as you can find yourself, you'll never starve" (Collins 52). Peeta, or in other words, ‘Pita' lives up to his allusion as well. A pita is a pocket bread, usually small, round bread. Peeta is the baker's son. The pita bread is for eating as well of course, but it can also open into a pocket for filling. In the start of the games, the gamemakers fill the cornucopia with sharp weapons and sustenance in an attempt to induce the tributes. Katniss hurls herself to reach a sheet of plastic and a loaf of bread to fill her as she knows that food is vital in the games. The bread regards Peeta, where Katniss attempts to take it but loses it while she struggles with another tribute. Katniss needs Peeta in the games to prove their star-crossed lover story but ends up losing him in the end. These allusions are not just limited to the tributes in the games.
Katniss Everdeen's prep team match their outside reference. Cinna is Katniss's most trusted friend on her journey of being in the Hunger Games. He is also the head stylist and is the mastermind behind Katniss's wardrobe and public image. His allusion begins with the Roman politician, Lucius Cornelius Cinna, d. 84 B.C., who was involved with the assassination plot of Julius Ceasar, whom many saw Ceasar as a tyrant. In The Hunger Games, Cinna admires Katniss for her efforts and bravery, "And remember this. I'm not allowed to bet, but if I could, my money would be on you" (Collins 146). He wants to set her out as someone strong-willed and in doing so, he defies the Capitol's rules and goes against them, similar to the Roman Cinna.
In The Hunger Games , Panem i s a nation that was established during an unknown time period following the destruction of modern civilization. This is in reference to the "bread and circuses" (Latin, "panem et circenses")—a phrase coined by the satirist Juvenal (c. 100 A.D.) to describe a practice that began in the late years of the Roman republic and that eventually symbolizes the decline of Roman civic virtue. The Roman government tried to sate its people by giving them gladiator games to distract them from the problems surrounding the country. In the book, the Capitol is a tyrannical dictatorship, led by President Snow, and holds total dominance over Panem , enforcing its rule through an army of Peacekeepers, capital punishment, propaganda, and the Hunger Games. Katniss learns that she must censor her words because of the fears of the totalitarian government:
When I was younger, I scared my mother to death, the things I would blurt out about District 12, about the people who rule our country, Panem, from the far-off city called the Capitol. Eventually I understood this would only lead us to more trouble. So I learned to