Winning Scene of Hunger Games Essay
“Attention. Attention tributes. There has been a slight rule change. The previous revision allowing for two victors from the same district has been revoked. Only one victor may be crowned. Good Luck. And may the odds be ever in your favor.
” Seneca Crane broadcasts this bombshell statement into the arena after the death of Cato.By looking at the similarity between the tributes’ reaction to Seneca Crane’s announcement and the viewer’s reaction, we can see the sorrow and disbelief of Katniss and Peeta who thought they had just won the games and the surprise of the viewer’s when she pulls out the nightlock berries; this is important because the look on their faces makes the crowd and the audience believe that Katniss and Peeta are really going to eat the berries and commit suicide, while she knew the entire time that the gamemakers would have to stop them so they can have their victor(s).To start things off, the first response that I feel from this scene is sorrow, as I feel the makers of the movie intended for everyone to feel. During the announcement, Katniss starts to put an arrow into the bow showing glimpses of her old self trying to survive.
In the book, Katniss does the same, but actually takes aim at Peeta. In both the book and movie, Peeta acknowledges that Katniss should kill him. That one of them should go home. He even acknowledges that the Capitol has to have their victor. As Peeta is saying this, there are images of Katniss, him, Seneca Crane, and the crowd flashing on to the screen.
Katniss and Peeta are frozen in the open field for everyone in the world to watch them. They can’t hide anymore from their fate. The crowd is speechless, quiet, and about heartbroken to see the two star-crossed lovers they’ve been cheering for about to commit suicide. Everyone in the streets of the capitol has stopped what they were doing to watch the scene go down on the huge projectors. The image of Seneca Crane watching in the game room is the most revealing as it shows him almost gasping at what he is seeing. He has realized that his announcement has ackfired on him and he is about to have no victor at all.
He does not realize that Katniss had no intention of killing herself. She has outsmarted the capitol knowing that they would have to stop them because the point of having a victor is to show that the capitol is merciful despite the districts’ rebellion. Without a victor, there is no Hunger Games. If they wanted all the tributes dead they would just execute them all. The victor shows hope for the districts. Surprisingly, this scene is one of the only in the entire movie that has music playing in the background.Just by the fact that there is music in this scene should tell the audience how important it actually is. As soon as Seneca Crane is done with the announcement the music starts to kicks in very slowly.
The slowness of the music lets the announcement kick in and adds a dramatic effect to the audience. Its tempo is slow and quiet to match the feeling of listless and sedate that most people feel when they are sad. The music has a violin playing which evokes a depressing sound because it is similar to the pitch of a human voice and sounds of despair.The makers of the movie do a great job making the audience’s feeling of sadness almost feel intrinsic. The music adds to the effect of the announcement and magnifies the looks of the reactions from Katniss, Peeta, Seneca Crane, and the crowd. Just as the music starts with the end of the announcement; it ends with the quick “STOP! STOP! Ladies and gentlemen, I am pleased to present the victors of the Seventy-fourth Hunger Games, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark! ” The ending of the music kills the saddened feelings and creates immediate joy as the games are finally over. Ultimately, this scene is part of the beginning of the rebellion.
The main purpose is to show that Katniss and Peeta are more than just puppets to the Capitol’s Hunger Games. Katniss’ idea to eat the berries and have no victor is a direct resistance to the Capitol and unknowingly evokes rebellion. The entire world watched Katniss defy the Capitol multiple times during the Hunger Games and this places her as the leader of the rebellion whether she knows it or not. If civilians of the districts saw Katniss defy the Capitol on national television multiple times and get awarded with it by having two victors then they will think they can get away with rebellion.In conclusion, by looking at the similarity between the tributes’ reaction to Seneca Crane’s announcement and the viewer’s reaction, we can see the sorrow and disbelief of Katniss and Peeta who thought they had just won the games and the surprise of the viewer’s when she pulls out the nightlock berries; this is important because the look on their faces makes the crowd and the audience believe that Katniss and Peeta are really going to eat the berries and commit suicide, while she knew the entire time that the gamemakers would have to stop them so they can have their victor(s).Little does Katniss know that this defying action would cause an entire rebellion from the districts and put her in charge as the leader and symbol of it.
She didn’t only show the Capitol that she is more than their games, she showed them that she will be the one to take them out of power.Works Citedhttp://www. youtube. com/watch? v=g59d9js8FXs