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The Hunger Games Katniss Symbolism

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A German philosopher by the name of Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “To live is to suffer, to survive is to find some meaning in the suffering.”. Friedrich Nietzsche was also a cultural critic, poet, philologist, and Latin and Greek scholar, who wrote poems mainly about the non-existence of God. This quote from him explains how we suffer in life and when we survive we find the reason for us suffering and learn from it, or better ourselves during our suffering. In The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, she illustrates through her symbolism and characterization that survival is the result of strength. Suzanne Collins uses characterization to present how survival is a result when someone or something has strength.
For example, we can see that Katniss
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Numerous symbols can be found to represent this, 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 in District 12 to help support her family and the rest of District 12, even if it is illegal. “Katniss hunting to support her family: though it is illegal, the Peacekeepers (Panem’s police force) in District 12 turn a blind eye to it because they, too, depend on her procured game to survive.” “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 the reader can see that Katniss was joyful that she had the bow and arrows. She knew that with them, she could do many things and could last longer throughout the Hunger Games. The last symbol is related to survival when Katniss was going through Rue’s backpack. In Rue's backpack, Katniss also had several 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 disappears. All I have left are Rue's roots and nuts, the boy's dried fruit, and one strip of beef...”…show more content…
Such as the Capitol, considering that they are control of the nature of the arena. “If Katniss were lost in an uncontrolled wilderness, the threat to her life would come from Nature itself. And if circumstances had somehow thrust her behind ‘enemy lines,’ her struggle would be against agents of a people or sensibility opposed to her own. Instead, however, her predicament is forced upon her by an authority (the ruling powers of Panem) that seeks to control all of its citizens, including her. Consequently, she is engaged in a special type of survival endeavor—that which involves the threat from an outside force that seeks to control her freedom, including her freedom to live.” In The Hunger Games, the arena is a man vs. society problem. As it's said in this quote “If Katniss were lost in an uncontrolled wilderness, the threat to her life would come from Nature itself. The writer of this article was mainly looking at the struggles and survival strategies of Katniss and the other Tributes before, during, and after the Hunger
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