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How did Katniss feel about the country of Panem in The Hunger Games?

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gameshunger | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 20, 2010 at 9:16 AM via web

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How did Katniss feel about the country of Panem in The Hunger Games?

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slchanmo1885 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted February 25, 2010 at 2:42 AM (Answer #1)

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Katniss understands that the government in the Capitol of Panem is oppressive The country of Panem is split into twelve districts which are separated from each other. Each district is enclosed by a fence that no one is allowed over. The Capitol segregates the districts from each other to quell rebellion, and holds the Hunger Games to punish the districts for a past uprising. Each district is kept in seclusion and is policed by "Peacekeepers." There is not enough food in the districts and people are malnourished and always hungry. This also serves to keep the people under control, as starving people have little energy to fight. No one is allowed to leave the district, and doing so is a punishable crime. The fact that Katniss and Gale even sneak out of the fenced in district is an act of rebellion. However, they bring back valuable food to the district, which even the Peacekeepers welcome, and therefore ignore Katniss and Gale's transgressions. While out beyond the fence, Gale often says things against the Capitol as long as Katniss is the only one there to hear them. To speak against the government is also a punishable crime. Katniss' act at the end of the Hunger Games can be perceived as an act of rebellion -- if both Katniss and Peeta are willing to die, the Capitol would be without a winner to their Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta become political targets after defying the Capitol's authority and forcing them to change the rules of the Hunger Games, or go without a winner. 

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akuhano | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 10, 2011 at 12:27 PM (Answer #3)

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She thinks to herself that "...besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shippment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment..."  This shows how much she despises the Capitol, how they are living in such comfort, while other districts are fighting poverty and do not have such luxuries in their own homes.

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akuhano | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 10, 2011 at 12:27 PM (Answer #4)

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She thinks to herself that "...besides decorating their bodies and waiting around for a new shippment of tributes to roll in and die for their entertainment..."  This shows how much she despises the Capitol, how they are living in such comfort, while other districts are fighting poverty and do not have such luxuries in their own homes.

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cheezea | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted September 7, 2011 at 12:02 PM (Answer #5)

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She hates the injustice within the country where (as stated above) the people living in the Capitol can live luxurious lives while the other districts have to battle for survival. The Hunger Games, seen as entertainment in the Capitol, is also something that she views as despicable.

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popan006 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted August 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM (Answer #7)

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She thinks the separation of the  districts Is not fair

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 1:22 AM (Answer #8)

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She hates the Capitol and feels it is unfair that the districts have been separated as such. When she sneaks out with Gale they talk against the Capitol and steal items, then venture back into the territory and while outside the fence, talk against the Capitol which it itself is an act of treason. She feels the Capitol and President Snow is unfair. She despises it. 

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chrisyhsun | TA , College Freshman | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:22 PM (Answer #9)

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Katniss recognizes that the country is flawed and corrupt. This is clearly demonstrated by the fact that she consistently breaks the law by hunting outside the fence. She endures the hard life of a commoner, especially in District 12. They regularly face food shortages and mistreatment by the country's leaders in the Capital through the Hunger Games. She is also disgusted by the affluent parts of the country who dress up extravagantly and celebrate the Hunger Games with parties and endless food. However, even though Katniss has all these grudges against the country, it is not until she is personally involved with the higher workings of the government (through her behavior in the Hunger Games) that she resolves to act. Before, it really was just what she felt about the country. Later on, we read about how she follows those feelings.

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irwinfinity | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 24, 2014 at 11:44 PM (Answer #10)

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She never thought it was that great to begin with, but when she was in the games it made her start to question the authority which turns into rebellion which you will figure out when you read/see Mockingjay. Hope I helped a little? 

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