The Hunger Games, an insightful novel by Suzanne Collins, is based on morals and justice. This novel is about Katniss Everdeen, a 16 year old girl and tribute for The Hunger Games, who is obligated to fight to the death with twenty-three others. She and her male counterpart, Peeta, are pitted against bigger and stronger representatives who have trained for this competition their whole lives, however, this advantage does not intimidate them. Trust, determination, and love and friendship, are prevailing themes apparent in The Hunger Games. These themes enhance the book by creating multidimensional characters, adding more excitement to readers.
The theme of trust is clearly present throughout the book. The story’s champions, Katniss and Peeta, were willing to do things that put themselves in grave danger, just to prevent each other from getting harmed. Also, Katniss always put Peeta’s well being before hers and treated him the way she would want to be treated. As quoted from the book, “If I die at the feast, District 12 isn’t likely to have a victor” (278). Katniss and Rue’s alliance was based on trust and loyalty, while the others were only together for defense and to prevent them from being vulnerable in the moment. Furthermore, Katniss and Rue contained a powerful bond and always watched each other’s backs. Katniss was very kind to Rue as she told her, “You can share my sleeping bag if you want.” and Rue’s face lit up (205). It was essential for Katniss to trust Haymitch as she put her fragile life in his hands. She obtained significant advice and strategies from Haymitch’s experience, which had benefited her in the long run. Haymitch was the key difference between her life and death. As stated from the book, “Your mentor is your lifeline to the world in these games. The one who advises you, lines up your sponsors, and dictates the presentation of any gifts” (46). Overall, trust is a huge part of the Hunger Games, if you place your trust in the wrong person at the wrong time, there is a limited chance of survival.
Another major theme in The Hunger Games is determination. Against all odds, Katniss was determined to win the games for Prim. Despite Katniss’ hardships, she was motivated to put in her best effort as she knew Prim would be anticipating her every move, and that was also one of the vital factors of her survival. In the book, Katniss quotes, “For her sake, I try to look as least desperate for water as I possibly can” (169). From the get go, Katniss had no one to rely on but herself. She had to think independently and cautiously in order to stand a chance in competing and eliminating the rest of the tributes. During the story, Katniss quoted, “Being in the woods is rejuvenating. I’m glad for the solitude even though I’m probably on-screen right now” (152). The young heroine, Katniss, is also a very skilled and talented hunter but what makes her so unique is her defiance. Katniss successfully managed to outwit, outlast, and outplay all the other tributes, and along the way, she was essential towards helping Peeta recover from his injury. As it states from the book, “She said ‘she’s a survivor, that one’. She is” (90). Determination is a qualities that Katniss demonstrates well before the games even begin, and then serves exceedingly well in her quest to survive The Hunger Games.
The final theme that is prominent throughout The Hunger Games is love and friendship. The love for Katniss’ sister and mother is what helped Katniss maintain the strength as the provider of the family, as well as courage and fortitude throughout the brutal games. In some scenarios, Katniss was losing hope and her will to survive, however, when her thoughts turn to her family, she does whatever it takes to overcome her struggles. As Katniss states from the book, “…Really, really try. I swear it” I say. “And because of Prim and my mother, I’ll have to” (36). A small act of kindness can solve even the biggest of problems. When Peeta offered loafs of bread to Katniss for sharing with her desperate family, his generosity indicated his love for her.
Katniss could, “never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave [her] hope” (32). To honor Rue’s death and express her anger and hatred towards the Capitol, Katniss even covers Rue’s corpse with brightly coloured flowers and gives a farewell gesture. After Rue’s death, Katniss was determined to avenge her in order to make her loss unforgettable. As it states from the book, “I won’t close my eyes. The comment about Rue has filled me with fury, enough fury, I think to die with some dignity” (286). In a way of showing her disobedience towards the Game Makers, Katniss intentionally formed an alliance with Rue. In addition, she also opposed the rules from her desire to keep both Peeta and herself alive in the end. Katniss, Rue, and Peeta were brought together, to achieve the ultimate goal of defiance.
The Hunger Games shares many significant messages and themes with its readers. Trust, determination, and love and friendship, were critical to survival for both Katniss and Peeta. The Hunger Games was definitely successful in giving a meaningful message for readers to take home and cherish. This book will certainly open many people’s eyes for appreciating the peaceful environment were given.