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

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Kristen Lentz eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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. 



beneschb | Student

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.

crystaltu001 | Student

It's ironic that Effie Trinket calls District 12 barbaric because the Capitol is actually sending 2 people from each district to a fight to the death. Meanwhile, the people in District 12 are actually just trying to survive in their poor district. This is the irony behind her words.

chrisyhsun | Student

In this case, Effie Trinket represents the Capitol with her wildly colored hair, elaborate makeup, and strange inflections. The Capitol and the government of Panem host the Hunger Games annually, which pits 24 children up against one another in brutal fights to the death. Effie has a hand in this whole process because she is responsible for managing the two tributes from District 12. Even worse, she acts (as the rest of the Capitol does) as if the Hunger Games are a glorious event, wonderful for all. The fact that she, while facilitating the smooth execution of this horrific event, calls the ordinary people of District 12 barbaric is shockingly ironic. To readers, she is part of the real barbaric group, the ones who host the Hunger Games.

zumba96 | Student

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. 

smartypants789 | Student

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". 

celine123123 | Student

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

salimj | Student

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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