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Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins' the Hunger Games

Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins' the Hunger Games

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by Valerie Estelle Frankel
     
 

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Who was Cinna? What do the hawthorn and primrose symbolize? Or President Snow's roses and Peeta's bread? What about Katniss's last name? Bringing details from myths, herbal guides, military histories, and the classics, English professor and award-winning pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel sheds light on the deeper meanings behind Panem's heroes and villains in

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Who was Cinna? What do the hawthorn and primrose symbolize? Or President Snow's roses and Peeta's bread? What about Katniss's last name? Bringing details from myths, herbal guides, military histories, and the classics, English professor and award-winning pop culture author Valerie Estelle Frankel sheds light on the deeper meanings behind Panem's heroes and villains in this hottest of YA trilogies. In her series, Collins not only weaves a heroic tale of deep complexity but harnesses the power of Shakespeare and Rome to retell an ancient epic of betrayal, violence, and glory on the stage of an apocalyptic future.

The perfect treat for fans of all ages. Everything Hunger Games, packed into one volume.

From Alma Coin to Wiress you'll learn about
• Why roses are a flower of death
• How eighteen of the characters are used in Shakespeare's plays
• Katniss's nickname Catnip
• The meaning of "The Hanging Tree"
• Peeta's pearl and Katniss's salvation
• Effie the saint and Finnick the Irish hero

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781469968247
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
02/28/2012
Pages:
104
Sales rank:
375,120
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)

Meet the Author

Valerie Estelle Frankel is the author of From Girl to Goddess: The Heroine's Journey in Myth and Legend and Buffy and the Heroine's Journey (McFarland 2010, 2012). Her projects on fandom, called Harry Potter: Still Recruiting and Teaching with Harry Potter will be coming in 2012. Shorter works have appeared in over 100 anthologies and journals including Inside Joss' Dollhouse, Illuminating Torchwood, and Rosebud Magazine. Her parody, Henry Potty and the Pet Rock, was winner of the Indie Excellence Award and a USA Book News National Best Book. Once a lecturer at San Jose State University, she's a frequent speaker on fantasy, myth, pop culture, and the heroine's journey, with many fans of all ages. Come explore her latest research at http://vefrankel.com.

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Katniss the Cattail: An Unauthorized Guide to Names and Symbols in Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games 4.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 35 reviews.
WordVagabondReviews More than 1 year ago
(From my blog, Word Vagabond: Supporting Independent and Small Press authors.) English professor and pop-culture author Valerie Frankel delves into the symbolism, history, and mythology behind the popular Hunger Games series. The largest part of this book is an examination of the names of the significant characters in all three of the Hunger Games books, listed in alphabetical order. Following that, Frankel explains the meaning of the main symbols in the series and then examines its themes. The index contains a list of the names covered, this time organized by origin, and also a list of the Districts of Panem and their products. The depth of research Frankel put into this book was really impressive. She draws on a dizzying array of sources, which are meticulously noted in the bibliography. Some of the name interpretations she give seem like a bit of a stretch, but others, like Gale’s, seem spot-on. She also shows how the characters influence and illuminate each other, as in the relationship between Katniss and her sister’s cat, Buttercup. The author draws a strong correlation with Roman and military history, especially give Suzanne Collins’ military background. I found the origin of the word Avox particularly interesting. This is a detailed and fascinating look behind the scenes of a great series. I highly recommend it to any Hunger Games fans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing. Must read. I lUV this book. I cant w8 to c the movie. Peeta (josh hutcherson) is HOT!!!!! Team Peeta
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay so I just got the free sample and I figured this out but the author didn't, the plant ccalled katniss has another name. It's other name is sagittaria, and I know Latin. Well, this word happens to mean female archer in Latin! I can't believe the book didn't mention that. I'm only 11 and I knew that just from studying Latin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book alot it was awesome!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is just amazing. It rely helps me! I loves it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tiny she kit shivers outside the warriors camp staring at fresh kill pile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Padds in.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The tiny kit poked her head in, eyes sparkling with curosity. "Um, what's going on here? Is this a clan? May I join? May I have a mother? I am only two moons." She hoped that someone would hear her. After all, would these big cats answer?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
-Flameclaw
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You guys are so annoying!STOP POSTING AT THE EMPIRE!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The wpotted tom brushedin looking into the clan hoping there was some form of Rp Life
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The silver tom stood up, grinning. "Nope. Bloodclan was hiding in here before you came in. I am Silv, your new master."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nod to blue eyes with a glint in them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are we gonna be ok? Gtg.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sooooooooo is it worth it and team Finnick
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hm?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't really think Suzanne Collins would put that much effort into simply naming the characters, but its still pretty cool :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Josh hutcherson and i have the same birthday!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Review 2 i knoright?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry George or Sam Claflin for Finnick look him up oh and PEETA AND KATNISS FO EVA!!!!!!! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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