i need to identify and then make a personal connection to the issues and ideas, values, beliefs and experiences that are present in the book the hunger games, and am having difficulty with identifying and explaining beliefs and values from the book. any ideas on what could be appropriate?
I think one of the concepts that struck me most was the way that friendship and love endures under the most trying and horrendous of circumstances. If you think about this, we can see this theme being evident in the relationship of Katniss with both Rue and then with Peeta. In spite of the brutal facts of the Hunger Games and the temporary nature of such alliances, friendship and love is shown in both relationships.
Self-reliance is a powerful theme in this book, too. Perhaps you cannot go out into the forest and bring dinner home like Katliss, but there may be many ways in which you depend on yourself and do not wait for others to take care of you.
Another aspect of the book with which you are likely to identify is the transitions of adolescence. Katliss starts the book with little awareness of sexuality, caring little about being physically attractive, but through the book, we can see her awakening, taking pleasure in her clothes, for example, and starting to think in a new way about the two different "men" in her life.
What about the idea/value of sacrificing yourself to help those about whom you care? I think that this theme is very clearly seen in the book. You might make a personal connection to it if you have in any way sacrificed yourself (of course, not as dramatically as in the book) for others or if others have sacrificed themselves for you.