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1 Literary AnalysisThe Hunger Games
2 Your assignment Identify two themes in The Hunger Games.
Write an essay in which you prove that those are themes in the novel.Organize it with an introduction, body and conclusion.
3 Parts of the Introduction
Attention grabberBackground of novelThesisYOU MUST ALWAYS include the author and title of the work in the first paragraph when talking about literature.
4 Attention GrabberQuote: “The first dandelion of the year…and I knew how we were going to survive,” (32) thinks Katniss, a character in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games.Definition: Hope is “to want something to happen or be true” (“hope”).Question: Can hope really save a person from death?Historical background: Dystopias are prevalent in literature, and The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, represents all of the aspects of a dystopia.Write an attention grabber for your paper.
5 BackgroundYou have a lot of free reign here. Transition from your attention getter to the thesis. Anything related to your thesis applies.This is usually 2-3 sentences. Sometimes more.“The first dandelion of the year…and I knew how we were going to survive,” (32) thinks Katniss, the protagonist in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. The hope that this dandelion brings Katniss allows her to save her family from death. As the novel progresses, the reader sees Katniss’ dedication to her family.Write some background sentences for your paper.
6 Thesis This tells the reader what your essay is going to be about.
PartsWhat you are going to prove (Topic)How you are going to prove it (Points)
7 TopicThe topic section addresses the initial question posed in the essay.For example, if the question is “what themes can be found in The Hunger Games?”, your topic is “themes in The Hunger Games.
8 PointsThe points are what you are using to prove your essay; these can range from 2-4 and should be listed in a parallel manner (same grammatical structure).In the previously asked question, your points would be the actual themes.
9 Sample thesisTwo themes that can be found in The Hunger Games include hope saves people and family sacrifices for each other.Write a thesis for your paper.
10 Sample Introduction“The first dandelion of the year…and I knew how we were going to survive,” (32) thinks Katniss, the protagonist in Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games. The hope that this dandelion brings Katniss allows her to save her family from death. As the novel progresses, the reader sees Katniss’ dedication to her family. Two themes that can be found in The Hunger Games include hope saves people and family sacrifices for each other.Put your three parts together to write an introduction.
11 IMPORTANT!!!!I should never see any of these words in your essay, especially not in your thesis:In this essay, you will read…I will prove…I think…The next paragraphs…I believe…You (any form, ever)
12 Literary PresentFirst, when writing about literature, you should always use the literary present. This just means to write in present tense, never past tense.
13 Body ParagraphsEssentially, these are consist of a claim, cite and clarify.1. You start by stating which theme is evident in the book.2. Claim the scene that proves that theme.3. Use your quote to cite.4. Clarify. This is the most important part. This should be at least two to three sentences that explain why your scene is important.5. Make sure to relate that quote to the theme.Complete items 1 and 2.
14 Using Quotes in an Essay
Step 1Introduce your quote. Quotes can never stand alone!You can incorporate the words into your essayPoe writes “nodding, nearly napping.”Write a sentence as normal, add a colon, and then use the quotePoe uses alliteration often: “nodded, nearly napping.”Choose a quote from your theme list. Introduce it and incorporate it into a sentence.
15 Using Quotes in an Essay
Step 2Cite your quoteIf using just one work (like The Hunger Games) The page number and/or line number will work. If using more than one work, usually the author’s last name and page/line number will be used.Notice the order of a citation “_______” ( ).Example if only one work is used: One line states “nodded, nearly napping” (1).Example if two separate works are used: One line states “nodded, nearly napping” (Poe 1).
16 Using Quotes in an Essay
Step 3Explain your quote (clarify)While it is great you have found a quote that relates to what you are proving, it has no significance unless you can actually state why it is important or how it relates to what you are trying to prove.Example: One line states “nodded, nearly napping” (1). The reader understands that the narrator was asleep and is awakened by the sound he hears outside the window.Explain the quote you have chosen. Then link that quote to the theme you have chosen.
17 Using Quotes in an Essay
Things to rememberYou should never use two quotes in a row. Each quote must be explained.Be sure to clearly relate what is seen in the quote to what you are trying to prove!Avoid using the same words from the original quote as you explain; the goal is NOT to put the quote in your own words. It is to answer the question, “why is your quote important?”Double check to make sure the claim, cite, clarify you have generated does not have any of these pitfalls.
18 Sample body paragraphHope does save people, as proven by The Hunger Games. In chapter 18 when Claudius Templesmith announces the rule change, Katniss now has hope that she and Peeta can make it home: “So, who is there left to be afraid of?” (248). Before the games, Katniss needs to win, but she is not sure she can. As the rule change is announced, she goes through the remaining tributes in her mind and realizes that she can really win with Peeta, and they can both go home. This renewed hope jolts her out of her depression and anger after Rue’s death, and forces her to make a plan and execute it. That hope is the spark that makes her realize that they can be as lethal as any of the other tributes. They can survive.
19 TransitionsEach body paragraph after the first one should start with a transition word or sentence.Transitions link one paragraph to the next.Example, if my first body paragraph is about hope, and my second body paragraph is about sacrifice for family, I might use the following sentence:Although hope makes Katniss and her family survive, she is willing to give up all hope of survival so that her family will not suffer.ORNext, The Hunger Games shows that sacrifice for family is important.
20 Your Turn Now work your claim, cite, clarify into an entire paragraph
Introduce the themeUse your claim, cite, clarifyDrive home how it backs up your theme a little more if necessaryTurn a second claim, cite, clarify into a paragraph. Repeat the same steps we just discussed. Use a transition sentence for this second paragraph.
21 Conclusion This is the easiest paragraph to write.
1st sentence: flipped thesis2nd sentence: a reference back to your first point3rd sentence: a reference back to your second point4th sentence: a link back to your attention getterThe middle sentences can be combined, but focus on quality!!!
22 Sample ConclusionHope and sacrifice for family resonate throughout The Hunger Games. Katniss is ready to give up multiple times throughout the novel, and continues to receive hope from nature, people and circumstances that keep her going. She is also willing to give everything up so that her family can survive. That first dandelion of the year gives Katniss hope and allows her to sacrifice her childhood so that her family can eat. That weed is her ticket to life.Write your own conclusion
23 Things to remember No “YOU” at all in an essay
No “I” unless the example is from your life (not in a literary analysis)Use present tense verbsMake sure transitional phrases are different. For example, don’t start the paragraphs with First, Second, Last, etc.Don’t repeat yourselfGrammar is important! Please check this.
24 Rubric Introduction – 15 points Overall organization – 10 points
Paragraph-level Writing: W aDoes it contain 4-5 sentences beginning with a clear attention getter and ending with a solid thesisDoes it include the title and authorOverall organization – 10 pointsWhole document Writing: W aDoes it contain 2 body paragraphs following the same order presented in the thesisDevelop Topic – 25 pointsParagraph level Writing; W bContains clear claims for each point that match the thesisSupporting facts and details – 25 pointsSentence level Writing: bContains at least three pieces of evidence from text and addresses the situation in which the evidence existsConclusion – 10 pointsParagraph level Writing : W fClearly begins with a flipped thesis, references back to specifics for both points, and refers back to the attention getterGrammar/Mechanics – 15 pointsWhole documentContains only 1-2 errors that do not distract from the reading; does not include any of the following: fragments, run-ons, subject-verb agreement errors, comma splices
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Essay
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The Hunger Games novel written by Suzanne Collins reflects significant issues in the reality world nowadays which relate to the humanity, the poverty, the violence,… It describes the issues through the characters and what happens in the story, and the most significant issue occurs throughout the novel is the gap between rich and poor people. In the beginning of the novel, Suzanne Collins describes clearly the scene of the poverty, the terrible fear of the 12-district’s villagers, in contrast to the wealthy of the Capitol’s citizens. The inequality of social classes becomes the theme of the novel because of its relation and the effects to the plots of the story. And the reason, which leads to that issue, is the policies of the dictatorship…show more content…
The Hunger Games novel written by Suzanne Collins reflects significant issues in the reality world nowadays which relate to the humanity, the poverty, the violence,… It describes the issues through the characters and what happens in the story, and the most significant issue occurs throughout the novel is the gap between rich and poor people. In the beginning of the novel, Suzanne Collins describes clearly the scene of the poverty, the terrible fear of the 12-district’s villagers, in contrast to the wealthy of the Capitol’s citizens. The inequality of social classes becomes the theme of the novel because of its relation and the effects to the plots of the story. And the reason, which leads to that issue, is the policies of the dictatorship government controlled by the Capitol. The Capitol’s operation has affected the villagers’ rights, has made the districts become poorer and has kept them away from development. The Hunger Games novel’s theme – the inequality of social classes – is proved by the details in the story, which becomes a huge problem for the poor districts. This essay will examine what happens in the novel and why there is a big gap between people in one country, Panem.
First of all, the novel shows that there are differences between the society classes in Panem, which is controlled by the dictatorship government. The Capitol’s citizens are the richest person in the country while the districts are suffering from poverty every day (Shmoop, n.d.). Food is the most