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Which point of view is telling the story in The Hunger Games?

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maddie5897 | Student, Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted July 22, 2012 at 7:27 AM via web

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Which point of view is telling the story in The Hunger Games?

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

Posted July 22, 2012 at 3:47 PM (Answer #1)

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is written from the point of view of first person.  Collins tells the story completely from Katniss Everdeen's perspective.  The opening line:

"When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold"  (3).

uses the personal pronoun 'I' to indicate that the reader will see the story unfold from a first person perspective.  A distinguishing factor of first person narratives is the narrator's use of personal pronouns to tell the story: 'I, we, us, me.  The advantage to this kind of perspective is that it puts the reader into a point of view that is as close to the action of the story as you can get; with a first person narrator, there is no sense of removal or detachment from the story.  Throungh Collins' character, Katniss Everdeen, the reader plunges into the action and brutality of the Hunger Games and experiences the violence and horror first hand. 

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dragonessa007 | Student , Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted July 26, 2012 at 3:07 AM (Answer #2)

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The entire story of the Hunger Games is told from the perspective of Katniss Everdeen, the main protagonist of the novel. Copious amounts of the word "I" indicate that the story is being told in a view known as "first-person" whereby we see the story directly through the eyes of a character, in this case - Katniss.

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cheerfuleloise325 | Student , Grade 9 | eNoter

Posted August 16, 2012 at 10:45 PM (Answer #3)

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Katniss Everdeen. The protagonist in this book. A series of "I"'s indicate that the story is being told in a "one-person point of view". 

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drrb | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 13, 2013 at 3:39 PM (Answer #4)

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First person narration is very much significant in Hunger Games The first person point of view is quite suited for the novel.The protagonist , Kantniss ,here speaks as 'I' .But this 'I' is not autobiographical 'I" as we find it in James Joyce's Araby .The story is here narrated and seen through the first person narrator which reinforces its credibilty. 

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