Surviving the Hunger Games

Surviving on your own can be difficult. A person diagnosed with a behavioral disorder might not be able to do much besides survive. You know you have it bad when a successful day consists mainly of not alienating yourself from society.

Being able to do more than simply survive shows a healthy social life. It’s a state of existence we should all strive to be in. Survival mode can be useful when circumstances call for it, but it shouldn’t become who we are.

The Hunger Games is a series of books about a young woman fighting for survival. Katniss Everdeen has to make a series of choices that will determine whether she lives or dies. Among these choices is the dilemma of which man to entrust her life with; Gale or Peeta.

Gale Hawthorne is a fighter. He equals Katniss in fighting ability and is strong enough to protect himself and others. Gale desires to revolt against the oppressive establishment by whatever means necessary. Katniss even considers running away with him into the wilderness.

Peeta Mellark, on the other hand, is no fighter. He’s a baker and a painter. Peeta devotes whatever strength he has to protecting Katniss during the death games even if it means sacrificing his own life. Katniss uses this devotion to keep herself alive after the games are over.

Katniss doesn’t make a final choice regarding the two men until the very end. She makes this choice after the countrywide conflict is over. She decides to go with the man she wants and not the man she needs to help her survive.

A number of people have voiced disapproval for how the book series ended. Personally, I felt this was the best possible ending. Katniss survived a life of survival. She freed herself from doing whatever it takes to survive to a life of making her own choices. How many of us can say we are living life on our own terms?


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