Thursday, February 27, 2014

Fiction Analysis: Hunger Games

1. Briefly summarize the plot of the novel you read according to the elements of plot you've learned in past courses (exposition, inciting incident, etc.).  Explain how the narrative fulfills the author's purpose (based on your well-informed interpretation of same).
The story begins on the day of the reaping. Katiniss' sister is chosen to be district 12's tribute but instead of her going Katniss volunteers as tribute in order to take her place. She gets sent to the capitol where they test her skills and they have the opening ceremonies. Once the gammes begin Katniss must fight to be the last man standing, until they say two people may win if they are from the same tribute. Both people from district 12 win and become as the "star-crossed lovers" The capitol sees Katniss as someone who is defiant and she has to do damage control when she gets back home.

2. Succinctly describe the theme of the novel. Avoid cliches.
I think that the theme of the novel is that good people get put into bad situations, but we all need to make the best of every situation. Every person has what it takes to survive anything that they are put up against, they just need to have the power and will to go up against it.

3. Describe the author's tone. Include a minimum of three excerpts that illustrate your point(s).
The authors tone seems ominous right of the bat. When I was reading the story I felt like I could feel the darkness of the situation just by the ay she wrote.

"I never want to have kids," I say.
"I might. If  I didnt live here," says Gale.
"But you do," I say, irritarted.

"Everythings still and quiet. Then, almost eerily, the mockingjays take up my song"

"For a moment I sit there watching tears drip down on her face. Rue's cannon fires.I lean forward and press my lips against her temple. Slowly, as if not to wake her up, I lay her head back on the ground and release her hand."

1. Describe two examples of direct characterization and two examples of indirect characterization.  Why does the author use both approaches, and to what end (i.e., what is your lasting impression of the character as a result)?
Two examples of indirect characterization are when Primm and Katniss are talking and Primm says that Katniss look beautiful and she replies with "and nothing like myself" this showed us that Katniss feels like she is trapped and constrained into being something that shes not. Another example is how we find out that Katniss is very motherly and nurturing. We find this out by her interactions with both Primm and Rue.
Two examplse of direct characterization are when they describe they physical features of both Gale and Katniss in the begining of the book. 
2. Does the author's syntax and/or diction change when s/he focuses on character?  How?  Example(s)?
3. Is the protagonist static or dynamic?  Flat or round?  Explain.
I think that Katniss is very static, she doesn't change all too much. The situations she is put in change, but she never changes as a person and always stays true to herself. She is also very round and seems to be fully developed in the story.

4. After reading the book did you come away feeling like you'd met a person or read a character?  Analyze one textual example that illustrates your reaction. 
Yes. After reading the book you feel like you know Katniss. The author did such a good job at the characterizing her. You feel for her, everything she went through want fair and at the end of the book you come away hoping she is safe.

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