Hunger Games 1 by Suzanne Collins


Group Members:
Hannah W
Andrew D
Andrew G
Devin S
Lindsey P
Thomas F
Mr. P. *
Hilary P.*

Discussion Time:
Thursday January 7th 4W 11:09-12:39

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Book Discussion Agenda

Introduction

  • All members introduce themselves
  • Discuss the format of the book talk

Plot-Based Questions and Analysis

  • How do you think the people in District 12 reacted when they thought Katniss and Peeta were going to eat the berries?
  • Do you think the Capitol will allow the 2 to continue their lives?
  • How do you think the people in the capitol reacted (mostly the president) to the double suicide stunt?
  • What did you think about the twist at the end of the games when they were told there would only be one champion allowed? Did you think the game makers went too far? Did the Author go too far?
  • Do you think healing Peeta was more of a hindrance than it was worth for Katniss? Keep in mind the twist at the end.

Character/Narration

  • Did you feel like you could relate to these characters despite them living in another society? How do you relate to them?
  • How do you think being in the Hunger Games changed Katniss and Peeta and their outlook on life and the government?
  • What do you think Katniss and Peeta were feeling when they were traveling to the Capitol?
  • How do you think Katniss felt when she discovered the amount of trust Rue had for her?
  • Do you think Peeta planned to help Katniss all along or did he join the Careers for his own benefit?
  • Do you think it was really Haymitch's idea to say that Peeta loved Katniss or do you think it was true?
  • Do you think Haymitch's character would have developed after Katniss and Peeta won the games?
  • What role did Rue play in the characterization of Katniss?
  • What role did Katniss' mother play in her life? Did she turly resent her? Or did she really love her?
  • Does knowing that she is on live TV make Katniss behave differently than she would otherwise?

Setting

  • How does our society relate to theirs?
  • How did the use of an all supreme society help make anything possible? How did this contribute to the suspense of the book
  • How do you think the "Careers" prepared to be ready for any environment they could encounter?
  • How would being in a different environment have changed the way the games went?
  • What are the similarities from Panem to our past?
  • Some readers believe this is Suzanne Collins interpretation of what our world is heading towards. What do you think?

Themes/Motifs/Symbols

  • Did it strike you as similar to the holocaust how the tributes were treated?
  • What did you think about when Katniss asked Peeta if he would not kill people as if it was obvious he would kill other people?
  • How would you have reacted if you were selected for the Hunger Games? What would your strategy be? Would you be willing to kill?
  • What role does the mockingbird play as a motif?
  • The cave
  • Focus of the book?

Style of Writing

  • Did you feel like you were in the book? If so, how do you think the author's style of writing contributed to this?
  • Did you think the author added enough details to complement the constant plot development?


Significant Quotes

"This is the Capital’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy. How little chance we would stand of surviving another rebellion. Whatever words they use, the real message is clear. 'Look how we take your children and sacrifice them and there’s nothing you can do. If you lift a finger, we will destroy every last one of you. Just as we did in District Thirteen.” (19).
"Then I escape into sleep, comforted by a full belly and the steady warmth of Peeta beside me." (389).

Outside Information

“Whereas Katniss kills with finesse, Collins writes with raw power...The Hunger Games and Catching Fire expose children to exactly the kind of violence we usually shield them from. But that just goes to show how much adults forget about what it's like to be a child. Kids are physical creatures, and they're not stupid. They know all about violence and power and raw emotions. What's really scary is when adults pretend that such things don't exist." --Time Magazine


Volunteers for Food:

Hannah W-
Andrew D-
Andrew G-
Devin S- Chips
Lindsey P-
Thomas F-Oreos