|Classroom Connections: The Price of Fame for the Victors|
In Panem, winning the Hunger Games allows the Victor a lifetime of fame, fortune, and ease...or does it?
As you and your class read Catching Fire, there are several opportunities to discuss the price of "fame" - both in the novel and in real life.
Students can look (and unfortunately, not too hard) for examples of celebrities who have not dealt very well with their new-found fame.
Then ask your students how Katniss deals with the pressure of being a Victor:
- Is living in Victor's Village ideal for her family?
- Is not worrying about feeding her family enough to ease her mind?
- What other pressures and responsibilities must she take on?
- Does money buy happiness?
Then, finally, poll your students; ask how many of them think Katniss would gladly go back to her old way of life, starving and all.