Essay on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Essay on The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, she illustrates through her symbolism and characterization that survival is the result of strength. First off, the author uses characterization to present how survival is a result when someone or something has strength. For example, we can see that Katniss Everdeen had to use a lot of her strength to try and get through the hunger games. At one point in the story, Peeta Mellark got cut by Cato's sword. He was deeply wounded and Katniss had to try and treat him in order to save his life. Earlier in the book the author, Suzanne Collins, actually wrote that Katniss had always been squeamish when it came to treating other people; she just couldn't take seeing any blood at all. At this point in the book, Collin demonstrates exactly what I mean by Katniss showing her strength, “...I examine the content of the first-aid kit. It's pretty basic stuff. Bandages, fever pills, medicene to calm stomachs. Nothing of the caliber I'll need to treat Peeta” (257). If it's not obvious enough, you can tell how determined Katniss is to treat her friend Peeta to prevent him from dying. Not only does Katniss have enough strength to learn to survive but Rue does too. In the book, Rue treats Katniss from tracker jacker stings she got trying to protect herself. She knew a special way with only using leaves. “...To my surprise, Rue places the handful of leaves into her mouth and begins to chew them. My mother would use other methods, but it's not like we have a lot of options. After a minute or so, Rue presses a sloppy green wad of chewed leaves and spit on my knee” (Collins 200). Seeing she did this, she used her strength of her mind to think of the best possible way to treat Katniss to save her life from the deathly stings.

Another way to reveal how survival is a result when someone or something has strength, Collin uses symbolism. For this statement, many symbols can be found to represent this, but I found two that really stuck out to me. Katniss's bow and arrows can symbolize her strength and how it is a key to her survival. With her bow and arrows, she could kill prey, find food, and easily take out enemies. This bow is special to her because she had always used a bow and arrow back when she was in District 12 to help support her mother and Prim. “So I focus on the good thing that's happened since I landed in the arena. I have a bow and arrows! A full dozen arrows if you count the noxious green slime that came from Glimmer's body...” (Collins 197). By reading this paragraph, you can tell that Katniss was joyful that she had those bow and arrows. She knew that with them, she could do many things and could last longer throughout the Hunger Games. The last symbol I found that was related to the thesis statement was Rue's pack. In Rue's pack, Katniss also had many things to survive off of. “Speaking of which, my own supply is running low. I finish off the loaf from District 11 and the last of the rabbit. How quickly the food dissappears. All I have left are Rue's roots and nuts, the boy's dried fruit, and one strip of beef...” (Collins 241). Here it shows that some of the items in Rue's pack are very helpful. She had a loaf of bread and some berries to feed off of that would keep her full for a few days. Berries and bread are a key essential into surviving in the world. Katniss gets her strength from food to continue on trying to get through the Hunger Games.

In conclusion, In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, she illustrates through her symbolism and characterization that survival is the result of strength, does in fact show throughout the book in many ways. Every character had some sort of strength and some more than the others stuck out the most.