Not too long ago we finished reading the novel, the spawning ground, an amazing story witch we were able to find a bucket load of symbolism, I went to reread one of my favourite books, the hunger games. I’ve actually started to notice some pretty cool symbolism in there too.
One of the biggest things we know about Katniss is how close she is to the forest behind district 12. It’s where we bonded with her father, learned to hunt to feed her family after he died, meet Gale, ran away to when she needed to get away from the eye of the capital and more. The forest is her safe spot and home, that what it symbolizes to Katniss.
One thing I found interesting is how that the symbol from the woods comes back even when we’re no longer in district 12. The gaming arena, a place where two children from all districts must fight each other to the death till only one is left alive. This bloody arena symbolizes an execution to most districts and a chance for glory for a few others. For the 74th year of the hungers games, the arena was made to mimic a forest. A forest that look similar to the one behind Katniss house back in districts 12. During Katniss stay in the arena fighting for her life, while she felt fear, she also felt at ease when she was alone. Getting used to the arena since it reminded her so much of the one back home.
In Catching Fire the second book of the hunger games series, we witness Katniss suffering PTSD from her time in the games when she goes hunting in the forest. Imagining her killing another child instead of an animal she was going to feed her family. Her woods, that used to symbolism her safe space has now been turned into a terrible reminder of the people she’s killed and the horrifying scene she had to witness to survive.
I found it really interesting the arena went from only symbolizing an imminent death to symbolize a temporary home and how the woods Katniss considered a place where she could be free and safe has a place that now shows and reminds her of her nightmares and trauma.