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Compare and contrast the characters of the Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies in terms of survival skills, leader characteristics, and personalities. 

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 3, 2013 at 11:26 PM (Answer #1)

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The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies share many similarites as well as a fair share of differences:

Katniss and Ralph share many similarities as both characters are thrust into violent circumstances beyond their control; both characters find themselves isolated in a wilderness with other children.  The island in Lord of the Flies and the arena in The Hunger Games leave the children exposed to harsh deadly elements, where they must fend for their own survival.  Both Ralph and Katniss struggle with the elements of nature as much as they do the psychological trauma of the situation.  One major difference between Katniss and Ralph is that Katniss is much better equipped to hunt and kill than Ralph or even Jack. 

The Hunger Games and Lord of the Flies both explore the themes of violence and man's innate capacity for evil.  While the boys gradually turn savage on the island, in the Hunger Games, Katniss must defend herself against children who competitively seek her death.  Many comparisons could be made between the vicious 'Career' tributes who enjoy the thrill of the kill and Jack and Roger from Lord of the Flies who also learn to enjoy the power derived from violence.

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