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In The Hunger Games, how does conflict such asKatniss vs. herself regarding who she...

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crb11 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 10, 2012 at 7:34 AM via web

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In The Hunger Games, how does conflict such asKatniss vs. herself regarding who she loves, and Katniss vs. Society show human behaviour? Examples?


Also, with Katniss vs. herself regarding who she loves, what are some examples of this (such as, both of them would do anything for her). Gale is more her friend, but Peeta has been through the Hunger Games with her and saved her life many times.

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writergal06 | Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted November 28, 2012 at 4:19 PM (Answer #1)

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Both the external and internal conflicts in The Hunger Games center on Katniss's role in society, a conflict that continues throughout the series. Even her choice between Gale and Peeta comes down to who she is, and who she is to society. This conflict is a universal conflict, and speaks to the very nature of man.

Humans seem to be in a constant search for self. We not only want to know who we are as individuals, though. We also want to know our role in our world -- for what purpose are we here, and for what purpose do we experience what we experience? The conflicts in The Hunger Games speak to that aspect of human behavior that seeks to discover the answer to these questions.

Katniss is torn between two worlds -- a world of escape and self-preservation, and a world of rebellions and self-sacrifice. The woods and Gale are the first world, the Games and Peeta are the second. Katniss can't decide where she belongs, or where she wants to belong. As a result, she tries to keep one foot in both. And she is unsuccessful. 

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