Sunday, March 29, 2015

The Hunger Games and Appalachia

In The Hunger Games, there is an importance and significance of music. Some songs, such as "Deep in the Medow," "The Valley Song," or "The Hanging Tree," are examples of the music written in the books and played in the movies. District 12 is very comparable to Appalachia in regards to importance of music. Mr. Walt Michael said, "Ballads are songs that tell a story; these ballads tell stories about Appalachia." Typically, music do tell stories about something, whether it be about the tough life of a rapper or an unbearable break up. Everyone have different ways of expressing stories, and the people of Appalachia endured through the difficult setting of mountainous region. It was hard to create a living from the region because the terrain was not for farming. The major resource, in abundance, was coal; however, the acquisition of coal, itself, requires a tremendous amount of work and destruction. Much like Appalachia, Panem endures through plenty of hardships, such as starvation, hunger, lack of resources, etc. Especially District 12, the difficulty of life matches with the life in Appalachia. Reflecting on the major resources, District 12 also has coal mines to mirror that Appalachia as the same area. Katniss sings "The Hanging Tree," in front of her propo crew while she is in District 12; she learned the song from her dad when she was a child. The song was specifically used for a battle cry. The song tells a story of a metaphor of her experiences in the Hunger Games and the experiences she has with Peeta. When Peeta and Katniss are together, they are more concerned with protecting each other as they reach closer to their deaths in the Games.

The Hunger Games
Catching Fire

Guest Speaker, Mr. Walt Michael


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