UNDERSTANDING DEEPER MEANINGS (continued) THE HUNGER GAMES
LAYERED MEANINGS (example) • Capitol: the Capitoline Hill of Rome; Capitolium (a Roman temple); Capitol as a legislative building. • Play on words: homophone (sound-alike) of a capital [city], capital as something major, and capital as wealth.
Katniss’s Mythological Prototype Artemis • In Greek mythology, the goddess of hunt and wilderness. • Proud and militant. • Virgin by choice. • Protector of young girls. • Usually represented with a bow and arrows.
Characterization and the Plot • How are the characters created in the novel, with what means? • Is Katniss a reliable or an unreliable narrator? Why? • How is foreshadowing formed? • Are your reader’s expectations confirmed or challenged as the plot progresses?
Irony, sarcasm, satire • What instances of irony (verbal, situational, dramatic) are there in the novel? • Does the author resort to sarcasm? To what effect? • Does the novel contain satire?
Natural vs artificial • Colours. • Clothes. • Food. • Natural and imitation feelings. • Real people fighting mutts. • High-tech arena vs a handful of berries.