In The Hunger Games, how does Katniss resolve the central conflict?

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

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The primary conflict that Katniss faces during the novel The Hunger Games falls into the category of 'man versus society;' Katniss must find a way to overcome Panem's diabolical Hunger Games and survive to return home to her family.  Over the course of the story, this conflict deepens as she finds herself in an emotionally-complicated alliance with Peeta, who is also her rival in the Games. 

The Gamemakers' rules allow for only one survivor, so Katniss must not only overcome the environmental dangers of the arena created for the Game, but also defeat every other tribute to survive as the sole survivor.  Ultimately, the Gamemakers adjust the rules to allow for two winners, provided they are from the same district, and Katniss and Peeta test the limits of this provision by showing their willingness to consume deadly nightshade berries in the final moments of the game.  Katniss uses her strength, bravery, and cunning to survive the games and return home to District 12. 


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