The 74th Annual Hunger Games
Hello citizens of the Capitol! As you all may know, it is that special time of the year again, the
start of the Hunger Games! In this newsletter, we will provide you with useful information so
you all can walk away and witness the spectacular upcoming event with ease and maximize your
experience. The Games are an important aspect to our culture and it is the one thing that we look
forward to year after year. A few days ago, we witnessed The Reaping, where we chose our 24
tributes for this year’s Games. This year, we were gifted with a special circumstance, a
volunteer! Our volunteer, Katniss Everdeen, is a 16-year-old from District 12 who volunteered
after her little sister was chosen. How brave! We applaud Ms. Everdeen for her bold decision to
partake as a tribute. Currently, all the tributes are on a train on their way to our beautiful city.
Once they arrive, they will prepare and we will start off with our traditional ceremony where all
tributes dress up in costumes with a theme relating to their District and come out to the arena for
us all to watch! After which, our very own Caesar Flickerman will interview each of the tributes
and get us ready for the start of our beloved event! After reading the following pages, you will
hopefully have a better understanding of the Hunger Games and what to expect from this year’s
History of The Hunger Games
years ago, the thirteen districts that make up Panem revolted against us, the Capitol. As a result,
a violent war broke out and in the end, District 13, the District leading the revolt, was eradicated.
Because of their unprovoked rebellion, we decided to have 24 young citizens from the 12
Districts fight to the death for our viewing. We use this as a reminder to the Districts that we are
in power, as we should be, and that there will be no rebellion in the future. Thus through our
amazing event, we have been provided with both entertainment for the past 74 years as well as
protection against any violent uprisings from occurring. Everybody’s happy!
How It Works
We take great pride in the Hunger Games. As a form of entertainment, we put in a lot of work in
making sure we provide the best for the citizens of the Capitol. The process for each yearly event
is an interesting one. In this section, I will be explaining what exactly goes on before and during
the Hunger Games, even behind the scenes! By the end, you will be able to fully comprehend
what occurs throughout the Hunger Games. First it begins with The Reaping. What happens is
there are two glass balls filled with papers with names of each 12-18 year old citizen of that
District. The entries are cumulative so by the age of 18 there is a larger chance at being picked
and provided with the opportunity of representing their District as a tribute! A boy and a girl are
picked from each of the 12 Districts and they are then placed on a high-class train and
transported to the Capitol. While on the train, they get to meet with their mentor, a previous
Hunger Games victor, and discuss tactics. Once arrived, they are greeted by you, our loving
citizens, and are then taken to prepare for the opening ceremonies. After the ceremonies, the fun
begins. The 24 tributes are placed in a
with the ultimate goal of being the only survivor. In the past, there have been many different
environments for the tributes such as deserts and forests. Another aspect of the Games involves
sponsors. Each of the tributes is given the opportunity to display his or her skills to sponsors.
Impressed sponsors will provide that tribute with beneficial gifts such as medicine throughout
the event. In the Hunger Games, the tributes are truly put to the test and have to utilize their
skills throughout the event to survive and it is all broadcasted live for your viewing!
How to Better Your Experience
Remember that the goal is to make sure you all enjoy the Hunger Games. As a result, measures
are taken in order to ensure your approval. The feedback from you all is crucial. Thus, please
voice out your opinion when the Games turn boring. The Gamemakers will then take proper
action and create obstacles for the tributes, which will make for a very entertaining viewing!
Another thing is to just enjoy it. For the best experience you need to just sit back, relax, and get
as into it as you can. You want to feel emotionally connected to the tributes, yet still enjoy the
violence being displayed. The violence is the best part, so enjoy it! Treat the Hunger Games as
what it is, a reality show. Watch relationships build up and crumble at the hands of betrayal.
Who knows, maybe there could possibly be a pair of lovers in this year’s games…Watch and
We don’t want any of you to miss out on this celebrated
event so we will provide you with information so that you will be ready when the Games begin.
Firstly, the opening ceremony will be tomorrow, August 25, at 7pm, and it will take place in an
arena. You are provided with the either the option of physically being in the arena and witness a
part of history firsthand, or you can watch it on your television from the comfort of your home. If
you do decide to watch from your television, you will need to make sure you are on the right
channel. The Hunger Games will air on channel 7- a well-known channel that usually airs events
such as wrestling. Either way, you will be given the opportunity to witness a part of our culture,
something very dear to us. After tomorrow’s ceremony, the interviews with Mr. Flickerman will
take place at 8pm the following night. The day after, at 10am sharp, the Hunger Games will
begin! Make sure to tune in to see the 24 tributes enter the arena, step off their platform, and
jump into the bloodbath-the best part! The tributes will start off near the Cornucopia, which
continues all sorts of weapons and tools crucial for survival. Every year, the tributes sprint
towards the Cornucopia all together, resulting in a plethora of deaths, which provides lots of
entertainment. This year’s event is bound to provide lots of entertainment. In conclusion, the
Hunger Games is an important part of our culture. For decades we have celebrated this glorious
event and this year will be no different. We may witness new things not seen in previous Hunger
Games, relationships crash down, and oh so many deaths. Who knows what might happen in this
year’s Games?! So please tune in to the 74th
annual Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.
15 Evergreen, Capitol
27 November 2012
My rhetoric in practice project is a newsletter, written by the assistant of President Snow
for the citizens of the Capitol, regarding the upcoming Hunger Games. My project was based off
of other general newsletters. My newsletter however, was more focused on one event, the
Hunger Games, as opposed to other types of newsletters that are broader. I chose to write a
newsletter because a newsletter provides lots of information, but also gives room to include my
ethos, which helped target my Capitol audience. Newsletters also allow you to expand on what
you’re explaining and pinpoint the specific parts you deem significant, which I found helpful
when getting my message across to the readers. The rhetor of the newsletter is a man by the
name of John Westchester, who is the assistant of President Snow. Westchester has written these
Hunger Games newsletters for many years and is well known throughout the Capitol as being
very knowledgeable on what exactly goes on in the Hunger Games.
The message I want to convey to my main audience is that the Hunger Games is a
beloved part of the Capitol culture and that they, the audience, should try to become as drawn
towards it as they can. I was able to convey my message through my use of diction. My work
usage led the reader to believe how special the Hunger Games truly is and that it is an amazing
event. Specific usage of diction includes when the rhetor mentions, “thus, please voice out your
opinion when the Games turn boring”(project). This creates a sort of connection between the
reader, a citizen of the Capitol, and the author, a member of Capitol government. The reader
feels welcomed and understands that their feedback is crucial for the Hunger Games. The reader
is able to grasp my message through words such as “beloved” which shows how the Hunger
Games is an integral part of their culture and has been for the past 74 years. Thus, a newsletter
would best convey my message because of the freedom to present information, while still being
able to incorporate your own bias into your article.
The purpose of my newsletter is to be informative. The rhetor provides vital information
for his audience through the newsletter and divides his work into sections for an easier
comprehending. The newsletter is informative, while also integrating bias that favors the Capitol
audience. I found a newsletter to be my best option to get my purpose across because newsletters
tend to be quite informative and always include topics that appeal to all its recipients. My project
exemplifies this since the recipients of my newsletter are citizens of the Capitol who are
interested in the Hunger Games, thus making it relevant to their interests as they partake in
watching it every year. The rhetor is credible in getting the purpose across through the newsletter
as well since he is the assistant of President Snow and knows how everything regarding the
Hunger Games works.
The written newsletter as my medium was fitting because it is directly related to the
recipients of the newsletters. The recipients of the newsletter are all citizens of the Capitol since
they are attracted to the Hunger Games year after year. The newsletter is only made and sent out
once every year for the past 74 years. It is made strictly for the Hunger Games and allows me to
convey my message much better than other forms of mediums. It does this by allowing me to
provide factual information geared specifically towards those receiving the newsletter. It conveys
my purpose and message better than other mediums such as blog posts because it a written text
that is sent to the homes of the recipients, those interested in the Hunger Games. It allows my
audience to not be forced to go out of their way to receive this information, as it arrives at their
door. My project covered typical conventions of newsletters throughout the whole piece. Some
conventions covered included an important topic that relates to the audience, specific
information regarding event, informative tone, and pulling out key statements.
The genre of my written piece is specifically an informative newsletter. I found this to be
the best method in conveying my message because it allowed me to inform my primary audience
with information relevant to their interests in a medium that is well respected in providing
pertinent critical information to recipients. Genre conventions displayed throughout my project
includes crucial information presented in an informative manner. I presented this through
discussing different aspects of the Hunger Games and informing my audience on what goes on in
the Hunger Games and what to expect.
The ethos the rhetor displays for the primary audience is a positive, informative tone. The
rhetor is seen almost as a friend to the citizens. When the rhetor states that the primary goal is to
make sure the audience is happy, the audience feels comforted. The rhetor also twists statements
to make it seem that there is nothing bad about the Hunger Games. The rhetor uses manipulation
to brainwash the audience. The newsletter only speaks of positive aspects of the Hunger Games
and deems there to be nothing wrong with enjoying the violence as entertainment. The primary
audience does not notice it happening, but it is evident to the secondary class. In an article
written by Doctor Lawrence Wilson, he states that “brainwashing requires an operator and a
victim” and then goes on to state that “brainwashing cannot occur between two equal in power.”
My newsletter exemplifies these statements since the rhetor is a government associate while the
people reading the newsletter are only regular citizens of the Capitol. So the rhetor, the
authoritative figure, is seen as the operator and the citizens are the victims being manipulated.
The class can see how the rhetor is using diction to persuade the audience to approve of his
message while still providing an informative purpose.
In addition to the primary audience, there is a secondary audience viewing the newsletter,
our Writing 39B class. The message that this secondary audience perceives from the newsletter
is the antithesis of the primary audience’s message. The primary audience, Capitol citizens who
enjoy the Hunger Games, sees the Hunger Games as a beloved event of theirs and feels that it is
an enjoyable experience. The secondary audience on the other hand, views the newsletter and its
message as something savage-like. They view the Capitol as savages because the Capitol views
children killing one another as a form of entertainment and that there is no wrong with it. This
idea disgusts the secondary audience and causes them to view the Capitol as evil, since
something of that nature is not deemed appropriate by our morals. An example is when the rhetor
mentions, “thus, please voice out your opinion when the Games turn boring. The Gamemakers
will then take proper action and create obstacles for the tributes, which will make for a very
entertaining viewing!”(project) The class views this statement as something cruel since they
realize that the audience wants to witness violence and the Gamemakers will go out of their way
to create situations that result in a multitude of deaths, to satisfy the needs of the Capitol
This project brought forth a few challenges throughout its creation. One of which was the
difficulty in deciding what topics of the Hunger Games my rhetor would write about and then
figuring out what tone best fits this specific project. I had to analyze many newsletters to get a
feel for what to expect in my newsletter and to notice the common conventions each one
comprised of. Overall this project really tested both my creativity and my competence in creating
a rhetoric in practice project, my Hunger Games newsletter.
Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York. Scholastic Inc., 2008. Print.
Hunger Games: The Capitol Tour Website. The Hunger Games Trilogy Fansite. Web. Image. 31
January 2012. 27 November 2012.
Inside ‘The Hunger Games’ Capitol. MTV. Web. Image. 27 November 2012.
The Hunger Games Wiki. Wikia. Web. 27 November 2012.
Wilson, Lawrence. Hypnosis and Brain Washing. The Center for Development. Web. Article.
March 2011. 27 November 2012.
Doctor Wilson, a writer for The Center for Development, analyzes both hypnosis and
brain washing and looks at the effects and how it is done. Wilson produces an
informative piece for The Center for Development, a site designed for health information.
Wilson supports his claims through thorough research while analyzing the results and
using modern examples. His purpose, educating those interested in the act of hypnosis
and brain washing, is done through his informative article.
Purchase answer to see full