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May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor…Again: “The Hunger Games” sequel to hit theaters



By Raisa Ahmed

Houston High School

Destruction is imminent once again in the upcoming movie The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. The trailer’s menacing tone announces a further emphasis on the dystopian elements found in the popular trilogy’s second entry.

Like the first Hunger Games, Catching Fire announces an impending war, with President Snow (Donald Sutherland) asking Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) whether she’s prepared for a “real war.”

That leaves a rebellion brewing as Panem prepares for the “Quarter Quell”—in this case, the 75th Annual Hunger Games—which is an event that occurs every 25 years of the Games and allows the Capitol to introduce a twist.

The main themes of Catching Fire include not only survival, but the conflict between interdependence and independence.

Throughout the novel, Katniss and Peeta (played by Josh Hutcherson) help each other to survive. In fact, they want the other one to survive more than they do themselves. This increases the chances of each character dying, as well as intensifies the tone.

Such interdependence shows their relationship is progressing to another level, though Katniss’ best friend Gale Hawthorne (Liam Hemsworth) proves that there may be more than just friendship between the two.

Government control is another important theme both within the book and throughout the entire trilogy. After suppressing the first rebellion, the Capitol establishes rules in order to restrict and control the citizens’ lives.

The 75th annual Hunger Games have “new” rules that throw Katniss and Peeta into danger once again. More “Peacekeepers” are placed in districts to diminish any hope that the citizens started to have after the last Hunger Games.

Another major theme throughout the trilogy is the media and the influence or power that popular culture has over the emotions, wishes and views of society.

A critical example of this can be found in Katniss’ salute to Rue during the first Hunger Games- a salute, which is now displayed throughout District 11.

Other themes in the book include morality, obedience, sacrifice, redemption, love, and law.

After a stellar performance by Lawrence in The Hunger Games, critics and fans alike have patiently waited over a year for the sequel. It is safe to say that Catching Fire has been worth the wait.

Catching Fire hits theaters Nov. 22.

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