Ritical, Close Reading Suzanne Collinsa The Hunger Games

Essay #1: Critical, Close Reading
Suzanne Collinsa The Hunger Games
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Length & In-Text Citations for FINAL:
A· 3-4 FULL double-spaced typed pages with at least three in-text citations. You also need a descriptive title and a works cited page in proper MLA format (1-inch margins, 12 point Times New Roman font, etc.).

A· Please include a a?Writeras Memoa? (either a half-page Word document or a 2-3 min. screencast). Think of your a?Writeras Memoa? as a personal letter to me. Questions to think about: What are your favorite aspects of your paper? What are your writing goals (what do you want to work on this semester?)? What are some of the strengths of your paper? What areas do you still need to work on (or what did you have trouble with?)? Format your a?Writeras Memoa? as a letter to me. Attach both your a?Writeras memoa? and a?Essay #1a? in the a?Assignments 2a? tab on Niihka a follow the link in Module 2.

REMEMBER
Have a clear, focused, and unique argument and a creative title, do not summarize, identify the novel and authoras full name in your introductory paragraph, support your argument with appropriate evidence and citations, avoid evaluation or judgment (agree/disagree, like/dislike) in favor of analysis, use clear, concrete prose, avoid grammatical and spelling errors, use proper MLA format, and engage your reader!

YOU HAVE TWO OPTIONS a CHOOSE ONE


1. CHARACTER ANALYSIS: Develop an arguable and unique thesis about one character.

1. Character & Thesis: Choose one of the characters from The Hunger Games and make one statement that you believe to be true about her/him.

2. Support: Next, you must find three scenes, moment of dialogue, symbols, etc. from the text that you will analyze and use as support for the argument you are making about your chosen character. All 3 moments must have a common/repetitive thread & support the claim you are making about character.

3. Developing Your Thesis: Just one example: Throughout Suzanne Collinsa The Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen progressively becomes more overtly rebellious & resistant. Or, Katniss Everdeen, through subtle and overt acts of rebellion during the games, becomes a symbol of revolution. Or, Katnissa relationship with Prim illuminates Katnissa determination to survive. The possibilities are endless. Be creative. Choose a character you are invested in. Choose three moments that support your argument.

Possible characters: Katniss Everdeen, Primrose Everdeen, Gale Hawthorne, Peeta Mellark, Cinna, Haymitch Abernathy, Effie Trinket, Rue, Cato, Foxface, Caesar Flickerman, Lavinia, etc.

2. THEME: Develop an arguable and unique thesis about one theme.

1. Theme & Thesis: Choose one theme and make one statement that you believe to be true about that theme. The more focused your thesis, the easier this paper will be to write. This means your thesis should not be: a?The Hunger Games is about power.a? This is entirely too large. Detail exactly what it is you want to argue about power or survival or identity or class or celebrity status or sacrifice, etc.

2. Support: After you have chosen your theme and determined your argument, find three scenes, moments of dialogue, symbols, etc. from the text to analyze and use as support for your argument about theme. Remember, all 3 moments must have a common/repetitive thread & support the claim you are making about theme.

3. Developing Your Thesis: One example: Power a The Capitol exerts strategic acts of power to keep the citizens of District 12 separated from one another. As a result, the Capitolas brutality is an attempt to squelch any form of collective action and rebellion. Remember, if you choose power, there are a multitude of possibilities. For example, you could talk about Katnissa a?powera? or how the Capitolas power encourages rather than thwarts rebellion. Or, you could focus on another theme, but you will have to determine what it is you want to argue about that theme a make it specific!

Possible themes: Power, social class, survival, skill, celebrity status, ethics, competition, sacrifice, rebellion, resistance, social justice, human rights, etc.