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Why is it ironic that Effie Trinket calls District 12 barbaric?It is from the Hunger Games

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soli6 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 17, 2012 at 2:45 AM via web

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Why is it ironic that Effie Trinket calls District 12 barbaric?

It is from the Hunger Games

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

Posted July 17, 2012 at 12:48 PM (Answer #1)

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Irony occurs when the outcome or effect of a statement or situation contradicts the original meaning that the speaker intended.  Irony can be purposeful, like in verbal irony, but irony can also be situational in which the situation or circumstances contradict or are incongruous to what actually occurs.

Effie Trinket's comment about District Twelve being so barbaric creates situational irony.  She does not intend her words to be ironic; she genuinely feels that District Twelve is barbaric, having none of the niceties of the Capitol life that she is used to.  Effie finds District Twelve "barbaric" because the people, in her mind, act like savages because they have poor table manners and eat with their fingers.  She is not a mean-spirited or evil person, just rather fussy and self-centered.  The reader, however, finds her words steeped in irony, because of the connotation of a word like "barbaric" which suggests something savagely cruel or brutal, and the reality of the Capitol's Hunger Games which forces children to attack and kill each other. 

 

 

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beneschb | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 6, 2012 at 7:42 PM (Answer #2)

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Its ironic because she thinks that being on the edge of poverty and having to fight for surival is barbaric, while the capital forces children to fight to the death.

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celine123123 | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted September 17, 2012 at 5:13 PM (Answer #3)

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It's ironic because the capital is the one that is barbaric not district 12, she is barbaric. She does not realise it but a actions are barbaric. Make teenagers kill each and then make a TV show out of it, is barbaric. And she is part of that, flitting around, making people pretty and accepting that situation

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smartypants789 | Student, Grade 9 | Honors

Posted October 25, 2012 at 1:55 AM (Answer #4)

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The reason that is ironic is because sheprep taking children to the Capitol an later they will kill each other while she watches. She is part of the killing as she is in a way helping the them to kill each other jut by taking them but she based that statement on the fact that,being a poor district, many people have scarse food so they don't care much about manners when they come across plentiful food like in the train, but mindless of this Effie claims not have manners "barbaric". 

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted June 30, 2014 at 4:17 AM (Answer #6)

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This is ironic because Effie lives in the Capitol, a place where the Hunger Games are shown as a game without much thought. It is also where President Snow is and is possibly one of the most barbaric in the series. The Hunger Games is a form of entertainment for those in the Capitol, it is truly barbaric where she lives instead of District 12. 

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salimj | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted July 17, 2012 at 5:11 AM (Answer #5)

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It's ironic because she's the person fattening the kids up for slaughter; she's making them good for the interviews and attractive for the audience and then they die in the Hunger Games.


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