Books on the Run–Chapter 1 Hunger Games


Always wiling to be honest in my endeavors, I have just finished reading the Hunger Gameshere are a few quotations that stood out.

I see these as significant, key or just quotations that stood out on my first reading of the novel.  Disclaimer: this post is based on a first reading…which is not really appropriate to give a thorough assessment.  Consider this first reading some preliminary thoughts on the text.  By not means do I intend them to be my last word or thought the novel.

“When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold” (3).  The first line of the novel made me read it again….just to see if I missed something.  Yes, my consideration is to give the novel the benefit of the doubt that this may not be pulp fiction, but it may strike the imagination of its readers like Harry Potter.  After the second reading of the first sentence…simple clear and concrete are what comes to mind.  The narrator rested or not reflects that half the bed is cold. “Cold” and “reaping” are the images given to the reader in the first paragraph.

“Entrails. No hissing. this is the closest we will ever come to love” (4).  The reader is brought into a world of little or no hope.  Love is not contemplated by the main character/narrator on a day to day basis, but rather the constant reflection of the situation or atmosphere is there is no romantic (or as Aristotle would say eros) love.  The description is the moment of feeling between the narrator and her cat, Buttercup, as the animal is given the entrails of a rat while the humans will eat the rest of the rat.

“So I learned to hold my tongue and to turn my features into a indifferent mask so that no once could ever read my thoughts” (6).

“‘Hey, Catnip,’ syas Gale. My real name is Katniss, but when I first told him, I had barely whispered it…then when this crazy lynx started following me around the woods looking for handouts, it became his official nickname for me.  I almost regretted it because he wasn’t bad company.  But I got a decent price for the his pelt” (7).

“I try to remember that when all I can see is the woman who sat by, blank and unreachable, while her children turned to skin and bones.  I try to forgive her for my father’s sake.  But to be honest, I’m not the forgiving type” (8).

“Besides, if he wants kids, Gale won’t have any trouble finding a wife.  he’s good-looking, he’s strong enough to handle the work in the mines, and he can hunt.  You can tell by the way the girls whisper about him when he walks by in school that they want him.  It makes me jealous but not for the reason people would think.  Good hunting partners are hard to find” (10).

“You become eligible for th reaping the day you turn twelve.  that year, your name is entered once.  At thirteen, twice. And so on until you reach the age of eighteen, the final year of eligibility, when you name goes into the pool seven times.  That’s true for every citizen in all twelve districts in the entire country of Panem” (13).

“But here’s the catch.  Say you are poor and starving as we were.  You can opt to add your name more times in exchange for tesserae.  Each tessera is worth a meager year’s supply of grain and oil for one person.  You may do this for each of your family members as well.  So, at the age of twelve, I had my name entered four times.  Once, because I had to, and three times for tesserae for grain and oil fo myself, Prim, and my mother.  In fact, every year I have needed to do this.  And the entries are cumulative.  so now, at the age of sixteen, my name will be in the reaping twenty times” (13).