Mar 9, 2012

The Hunger Games: Districts 1 & 2

District 1 is one of the wealthiest districts of Panem. Its primary industry is manufacturing luxury items for the Capitol. Some of them include diamonds and most likely other precious gems. It seems that names in this district are names of precious items, which may be a reflection on their "glamorous" nature and demeanor. Children in District 1 seem to take pride in competing in the Games, and are among the group of tributes that band together to pick off the weak, called the Careers.

Katniss described Glimmer to be tall, with flowing blonde hair and emerald eyes. She was described as beautiful or downright sexy. Katniss described her interview dress as gold and provocative. Katniss thought that even though Glimmer was smart, she was incompetent with a bow and arrow. However, it is very likely that Glimmer excelled in another weapon, and simply chose to use the bow and arrows at that moment because of Katniss being high up in a tree (as weapons such as swords would not help much in that matter). Katniss also thought that Glimmer was an extremely stupid name, as most names from District One tend to be a little over the top. She is described as being 5'7" tall.

Marvel was the male tribute from District 1 in the the 74th Hunger Games. As a Career Tribute, Marvel was strong and ruthless. It is unknown if he volunteered for the Games or was reaped. He presumably trained for a lot of his pre-Games life like most tributes from his district. During the opening ceremonies, he and his district partner, Glimmer were spray painted silver and were wearing tunics. Katniss points out that they both looked gorgeous. During training, he showed great skill at spear throwing, that made him deadly at a distance. He, along with the other Careers, recieved a training score somewhere between 8 and 10. 

District 2 is one of the districts of Panem. It is the place where most of the Peacekeepers are trained, and where the weapons are manufactured, but originally specialized only in mining and stone cutting. Publicly it's presented as the nation's stone quarries, just like District 13 was known for graphite mining. District 2 children are raised with a warrior mind-set and most of the Peacekeepers are from District 2. This district was the only one not on the side of the first rebellion, and after the attempt failed, were rewarded by better treatment from the Capitol, and better living conditions for their citizens. District 2 is in the Rocky Mountains, near the Capitol itself. The district is made up of many small villages, each based around a mine. Although the district is allied with the Capitol, due to their preferential treatment, the quarry workers suffer as much as any other district, not being excluded from the annual Hunger Games that take place.

This huge, strong, brutal male tribute from District 2 was Katniss's main enemy in the 74th Hunger Games. He was probably seen as the most dangerous threat to all the tributes, aside from dehydration or starvation, including all of the other Careers. Obscene, vulgar, and relentless, Cato used brute strength for almost everything and fought hard to win. He was a Career tribute and for all of his life, had trained for the Hunger Games. During the reapings, after Clove was chosen for the female tribute for District 2, Cato lunged forward and volunteered to be the male tribute since he had confidence in his abilities and believed he could win.  Described as a "ruthless killing machine", he is extremely strong and was the most likely choice of a winner.

Clove was the female tribute from District 2, and an expert in knife throwing, as she was the one who killed the male tribute from District 9. She was the fifth from the last person to die and went to the "feast" (where she was killed) having Cato guarding her. Killed by a large rock, thrown by Thresh, she seemed to have a connection to Cato due to the rule change. After admitting she had some involvement in the killing of Thresh's district partner, Rue, he dented her skull with a rock "the size of a small loaf of bread". She dies in Cato's arms, as Katniss flees for her life.

 "We're going to kill you. Just like we did with your pathetic little ally... what was her name? Rue? Well first Rue, then you, and I think we'll let nature take care of Lover Boy. How does that sound?"


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