Hunger Games IRJE #4 – Change of Pace

While reading further more into the book, I have noticed a change of pace in terms of its overall tone with the reader. At first, it seemed a bit slow to further emphasize Katniss’ dark life back in district 12. But mid-way through chapter 2 when Katniss takes her sister’s place as tribute, things start to speed up a little. Katniss’ slow and grim lifestyle transitioned into a fast paced, roller coaster of events stacked on top of each other which gives us this certain feeling of anxiety. We also get a better glimpse of Katniss’ emotions.

“Prim let go,” I say harshly, because this is upsetting me and I don’t want to cry. When they televise the replay of the reapings tonight, everyone will make note of my tears, and I’ll be marked as an easy target. A weakling. I will give no one that satisfaction.

This quote reminds me of the saying, “don’t judge a book by its cover” as it shows Katniss’ inner feelings towards others around her. The book portrays her as this poor teenage girl who has taken the responsibility as her sister’s caretaker ever since her mom couldn’t bear the load of her husband’s passing and who as a result, tends to have frequent blackouts. Even though if it would cause her to look through her town’s garbage, she would do anything she could to keep her sister away from getting taken away from her family. This quote makes Katniss seem like the brave person she really is and even starts to depict her in a more aggressive way as she wouldn’t want to be seen as a coward.

 

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