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Tone is the author’s attitude toward the subject. In Catching Fire, the use of Katniss as a first person narrator leads to a wry, often sarcastic and blunt tone.
The author’s choice of Katniss for a narrator directly develops the tone. Katniss is harsh, blunt, sarcastic, and sometimes insensitive. This is therefore the attitude that is conveyed. Katniss is tough, and that toughness shines through.
It takes a moment for his sentence to sink in. Then the full weight of it hits me. “There have been uprisings?” I ask, both chilled and elated by the possibility. (p. 21)
This is a perfect example of the tone of the book. It is often two things at once—happy at the idea that the rebellion might take shape, but worried because people might get hurt. Katniss often struggles with her role, especially during the second Hunger Games when she is both fighting for her life and fighting to keep Peeta alive.
In order to zero in on tone (which is the author's attitude toward the text), consider why Collins wrote this book. Other than to entertain, what perspectives is she trying to get across. Does she feel that the Hunger Games and the laws of the Capitol are acceptable or not? Why? How do you know this?
How do you think Collins feels about the Capitol - President Snow - Katniss - Peeta? How do you know she feels this way?
For your textual evidence, pull out a quote where its obvious to infer the author's feelings about the subject matter.
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