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

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Posted August 4, 2013 at 9:20 PM via web

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

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

Posted August 5, 2013 at 4:33 PM (Answer #1)

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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.

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 5:08 PM (Answer #2)

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She hates Panem. Since the rebellion District 12 have been isolated as well as other districts and she hates how the people within the Capitol live their live freely while the others have to suffer. She also feels that it is ridiculous that the people of the Capitol watch the Hunger Games for fun and throughout all the bloodshed it is viewed nothing else as a form of entertainment.  

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