The Hunger Games: A Literary Analysis

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Throughout the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, there are many action scenes, but no real reason why it should be taught in schools. The novel takes place in the former North America now known as Panem, and the country is divided into twelve districts. To keep the peace throughout the nation each district sacrifices a boy and a girl between the ages of 12 to 18 to take part in the annual “Hunger Games”, an event in which the participants fight to the death in pursuit of valuable resources for their district. “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is not a book worthy of being studied in schools, as although the novel is appealing to teenagers, and students may have already read it, the use of basic language and lack of historical value…show more content…
The tenth-grade curriculum in Ontario for this subject requires students to study the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and the play Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, both of which use intricate language unlike The Hunger Games. Romeo and Juliet is written in early modern English which differs from the form of English we use today. Because of this, students need to understand and decode the language into modern English. The Hunger Games however, is written in a basic form of modern English, which students who speak fluent English will comprehend without thinking. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird uses a more modern form of English than Romeo and Juliet, however it still differs from our modern language. To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the southern U.S in the mid 1930s. Due to its setting, the language has a colloquial style, which differs from what we use today. While studying basic language, students will not expand their vocabulary. Furthermore, with the study of a basic form of language, assignments will require a very minimal amount of work compared to what would have done for a more complicated novel. To conclude this point, students need to have a challenge while completing an assignment in order to improve their ability to write more complex and sophisticated pieces. The novel should not be studied in schools due to its use of basic language that does not meet the same requirements of language in other literary
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