Students, as we begin The Hunger Games, I would like for you to pay special attention to the names of characters, places, and food eaten. All mean something and symbolize various themes in the book. Suzanne Collins is a masterful writer, nothing is left to chance.
Primrose Everdeen: Prim is Latin and means “first.” A primrose is a pale, yellow flower.
Gale Hawthorn: Gale is Hebrew for” wave of God” and a strong force or wind.” Hawthorn is a type of rosebush, thorny with flowering blooms.
Effie Trinket: Effie means “fair speech” Euphemia (her formal name) was a young Christian girl martyred because of her faith. She refused to take part in sacrifices and was tortured.
Haymitch Abernathy: Ralph Abernathy was a famous civil rights leader.
Peeta Mellark: Greek, means cake or pie. Peeta is the baker’s son (pita bread), also PETA is the acronym for the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals
Madge: Greek for pearl This is interesting: a pearl is a symbol of God as there is no beginning or end. It is known to represent love and knowledge and is a symbol of wisdom. The twelve gates of new Jerusalem are each apparently made of pearl=twelve districts?
Venia: Latin, the legendary mother of the Roman people
Octavia: eighth character in a Shakespeare play
Cinna: poet in one of Shakespeare’s plays
Portia: Latin, means “pig” also a character in Shakespeare’s plays
Flavius: Latin “golden” golden lipstick is his trademark along with his orange-ish curls
What does your name mean? You’ll need to look it up. You just may be surprised!
Does its meaning describe you?
In reference to Katniss and Peeta laughing about Haymitch: “You know your mentor is your lifeline to the world in these Games. The one who advises you, lines up your sponsors, and dictates the presentation of any gifts. Haymitch can well be the difference between your life and your death.” (Effie)
Just then, Haymitch staggers into the compartment. “I miss supper?” he says in a slurred voice. Then he vomits all over the expensive carpet and falls in the mess.
“So laugh away!” says Effie Trinket. She hops in her pointy shoes around the pool of vomit and flees the room.
What particular part of the reading so far stands out for you?