The Hunger Games Setting
The Hunger Games is this first novel in a series of three written by Suzanne Collins in 2008. Katniss Everdeen, one of the stories main characters, lives in the country of Panem. Throughout the course of novel Katniss is in different places such as District 12 and the Capitol.
Panem is the country where Katniss lives with her family. This country is split into thirteen different districts. Katniss and eight thousand others call District 12 their home. District 12 is a very poor coal mining district. Katniss referred to District 12 as “where you can starve to death in safety.” This lets us know that it is a very poor area to live in considered the residents are struggling to ...view middle of the document...
The merchant area in District 12 is a step up from the Seam. The mayor and his daughter, along with other families such as Peeta Mellark's, lived in the merchant area and are well-off for District 12. It was mentioned by Katniss that the merchants "lived above their businesses," suggesting that the merchants' homes doubled as their shops as well. The merchant section did exactly as its name implied—trading and buying goods. Katniss’s mother lived in the merchant area prior to marrying her husband.
Another area in District 12 is the Hob, the districts black market. The Hob is where Katniss and Gale would go to trade the excess game. This area was the only place in the district where you buy banned items and was opened when most legal stores were closed such as, the days of the reaping or late at night.
An arena is a large, enclosed, outdoor area where the Hunger Games are held each year. Arenas are designed by the Gamemakers and a new one is built every year. One year, it could be a dense forest, the next a freezing wasteland. The 74th Hunger Games arena contained forests, streams, meadows, pools, a wheat field, caves, and a lake. This arena was fairly dull compared to other arenas used throughout The Hunger Games, but was enormous, and it would take a tribute several days to walk from one end of the arena to the other. After the end of the war, the arena was destroyed and memorials to the fallen tributes were constructed in its place.
The Hunger Games is set in a time period in the future. The main areas focused in the novel are the Arena and District 12. Suzanne Collins did a great job of describing the different areas throughout the novel by providing us with great details.