In the book The Hunger Games by Suzanna Collins, 2 contestants from the twelve different districts in Panem are sent to the arena to fight against the tributes. The person who survives to the end of the games will return to their district and live the life they were living but knowing that they survived whilst watching other people die. The themes of betrayal, love, courage and trust have been used through the book. Obviously the theme of betrayal was used a lot during the novel.
In one section of the novel Katniss ended up betraying Peeta by going to the fest to get a backpack to help out with healing his leg, but he disagreed with that idea, so the only other way to was to knock Peeta unconscious. So Katniss went out to the out to gather sleep syrup to help heal the wound. She couldn’t just give him the sleep syrup as he would know the taste. So she had to mix it with other berries and also added some mint leaves to measure out the taste. “…but they taste familiar. Sugar berries? page 336. He then realised after he got to the last spoon full…. ‘Syrup’. His eyes lightened up with fire but Katniss had to force him to swallow. He tried to make himself regurgitate but it was too late he was already knocked unconscious. “Who can’t lie, Peeta? ” Pg. 336 not that Peeta couldn’t hear what Katniss was saying, the whole of Panem still could. Such as betrayal, love plays an also important part in The Hunger Games, one example would be when Prim gets chosen to go to the games.
Katniss see’s that she is anxious with fear as she was heading towards the stage. Katniss couldn’t handle to see her little girl be slaughtered instantly she knew her chances of survival would be low. “I volunteer! ” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute! ” pg. 26 this quote shows that Katniss cares and loves Prim. For Katniss to volunteer to take over Prim’s part in the hunger games obviously is an act of love to risk your own life for someone else’s label. Not many people volunteer for someone else in those days as it is a life risking game.
Katniss did promise Prim that she would try and win the games, and she fought to the end and proved her little sister right. There for love plays a major part in The Hunger Games. Throughout the whole novel everyone had their own chance to show their courage as an individual as they did risk their own life to represent their Country. Katniss showed huge amount of courage as she risked her life instead of Prim. It wasn’t easy throwing yourself out their but she kept herself motivated.
At one stage of the novel she was cutting down the wasps nest to help save her life, but at the time it was a fifty, fifty chance for death or survival as the venom from tracker-jacks could have killed her, or the other district below her could have also done the same. Luckily either killed Katniss. The nest had dropped to the ground. She felt one sting then another then another.. the tracker-Jackers that had stung her had obviously identified her before the nest even hit the ground “Sweat breaks out on the palms of my hands…. ” pg. 30, This quote shows that she is trying to keep herself alive and showing her courage to fight for district 12. Basically courage started the minute the contestants began the games, knowing it was a life or death situation. To some extent trust is used a lot during this novel. A part where trust took place is when Katniss had trust in rue. “I can almost hear Haymitch groaning as I team up with this wispy child. But I want her because she’s a survivor, I trust her….. ” this quote shows that she trust’s Rue, That Rue would be able to help Katniss survive to the end of the games if they stuck together.
Later on in the story Rue unfortunately got speared from Clove from District 1 and passes away most instantly. Katniss buried her in flowers and sung her a lullaby, as she knew how much Rue enjoyed Katniss singing to her. By doing this it showed how much care and love Katniss had for Rue. Also, another part of trust was when Katniss trusted Rue to put the pin on her and for her to wear it throughout the games In conclusion love, trust, betrayal and courage all played a massive part throughout The Hunger Games.
Different characters played a different type of theme, example. Katniss showed her love for her younger sibling, Prim. Katniss Showed her courage towards standing up to the tributes, she also showed her Betrayal even though she was just trying to help a friend she went against Peeta‘s words. Katniss had trust in her new friend Rue. All in all, in the end all the themes came together as one and made the series interesting and wanting people to read on.