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How does Katniss feel about the country of Panem in The Hunger Games?
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Katniss loathes Panem; although she has learned not be publically critical, Katniss feels nothing but contempt for the government that has imprisoned and tormented the people of District 12 since the rebellion. The cruelty of their punishments, the Hunger Games particularly, contribute to her hate of the Capitol:
"Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch--this is the Capitol's way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy" (18).
Katniss finds little about the Games entertaining; instead, she characterizes them as "humiliating" and "torturous" (19). The Capitol makes a spectacle of the blood-sport, broadcasting it across all of the districts, and the hype and pomp of the celebrations only fuel Katniss' disgust at how the Capitol can view the deaths of innocent children as entertainment value.
Posted by lentzk on August 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM (Answer #1)
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