truth… truth… truth…

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I will definitely follow the BIG ideas found in The Hunger Games Trilogy and

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Divergent Series for I love those kind of stories with socio-political message stressing truth. With this in mind, I may become devil’s advocate of truth amidst persecutors. I will become truth-seeker despite tribulations. However, truth is relative. What is true for one person may not be true for another because truth is the matter of interpretation. Truth varies according to persons. People have the tendency of twisting the truth. Now, that is the challenge…. to know the truth….

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gem of thoughts…..

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A book widens the reader’s imagination by taking them to new places and different situations and offers them the meaning of life from someone else’s eyes through the literary devices. Truly indeed, it renders them astonishing plots with heart-warming theme that eternally breathes to touch human spirit. Thus, it leads them to observe society from afar and lives of other people at other times and deepens their understanding of philosophy, history, politics, science, arts and culture across nations generations ago.
In its widest sense, a great book has the power to awaken in them a lively sense of pleasure and quickens their love for beauty, truth or goodness and therefore, it moves them to generous thoughts and noble actions. Within the same context, the dystopian contemporary novel, The Hunger Games Trilogy contains comprehensive course of life that provides lesson on literature and philosophy. It explores human values interspersing psychological, moral and social elements that Suzanne Collins provides for the readers.

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Indeed, The Hunger Games Trilogy is engagingly-read, exquisitely-written and virtually-impressive. Had it not been so, it would not receive numerous literary awards like USA Today Bestseller , New York Times Bestseller, Wall Street Journal Bestseller, Publishers Weekly Bestseller, New York Times Notable Children’s Book of 2010, New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, 2010 Booklist Editors’ Choice, 2010 Kirkus Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2010 and NPR Best Book of 2010.
Hence, this study is initially conceived to understand the philosophical perspectives of the The Hunger Games Trilogy. This also intends to stimulate critical thinking and mold minds which allow young people to question government and how it affects their lives. True enough, Katniss Everdeen has become an icon on the researcher’s life for her characterization constitutes a deepening emotional overtone as reflected by Katniss’ struggle as a bread-winner and caregiver of her family.
More importantly, Katniss, the major character gets inside the researcher’s skin and sets forth on her own terms. In this sense, this study symbolizes what a young woman should be. It emphasizes strong female character alongside feminism to depict societal injustices and class warfare. Interestingly, this study signifies a feminist component that is elevating and liberating as portrayed by the female protagonist.

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For this reason, this study is brought up to introduce Suzanne Collins as one of the young adult fiction novelists who created a niche of her own. It also attempts to unearth her experiences reflective of her literary principles. She manipulates stories excellently creating a maximum interest for the readers with emphasis on the characters. Her characters run deep and passionate who sublimate the injusticesand tyranny of a merciless and corrupt government as presented in Panem.

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Brilliantly-poignant, the book series may produce a desired effect to the readers about moral redemption, courage and sacrifice the characters in the story offer.
With this in mind, this is how the study is conceptualized not just to analyze but scrutinize the philosophical perspectives in the book series. The purpose behind its inception is to undermine the philosophical indentations ranging from state of nature, war, celebrity, authenticity, sacrifice, altruism, moral choice and social class. This views the trilogy in relation to socio-political and moral situatedness whereas literature is philosophy enmeshed with philosophical framework and dimension. Best of all, this trilogy contains philosophical perspectives that take readers deeper into the story and move them to change one’s point of view and attitude in life.
Such an account of literature places its value in the philosophical perspectives the trilogy opens up to both readers and teachers. It clearly explains that the affective experience of reading the three selected novels may even possibly result in improved critical thinking and decision making. The trilogy, matter-of-factly does not shelter young readers from the bitter taste realities of the imperfect world but address sensitive global issues to create responsible adults. It may help to confront disturbing realities such as capitalistic avarice and exploitation aligned with the problems on identity crisis and media which will inspire to form future citizens who are socially and ethically conscious members of the society.

THE DEFENSE MECHANISMS THAT SPOIL A DESIRABLE PERSONALITY

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Illustrative image of sub conscious level

Illustrative image of sub conscious level

1. Suppression- we consciously control our negative experiences. E.g. – we don’t want to bring out in conversations our unpleasant past. Can we possess a desirable personality if we hide bitterly our negative experiences?

Peter: Hey, you’re like that again. It seems history repeats itself. Remember last year when we are all pissed off because of what you do? Bullet: Don’t lecture me. I will slap your face if you ever mention that. I don’t want to hear that again. There’s no need to rehash that.

2. Repression- we convince ourselves that problems don’t exist. We don’t do anything to solve or lessen them. Can we possess a desirable personality if we pretend that there’s no problem?

Bullet: Why did you come back? Care to tell what’s the next lie you will tell?
“Coz I know you’re such an amazingly excellent manipulative and psychotic individual you’ve become and I will give you an Oscar award for that!
Mik: God, since when did you become hot? I love your new physique,., so dashing and smoldering.
Bullet: Why did you come back?
Mik: I came back for you. You love me once, you can love me again. We have no problem now because I am here now.
Bullet: But you cheated on me and you broke my trust.
Mik: My boo, kiss me or kill me?

3. Identification- we imagine ourselves that we are another person whom we emulate or want to be like. Can we possess a desirable personality if we don’t own our individuality?

Mik: I don’t want to jeopardize your bruised ego Bullet, but it’s for your best. You’re wearing that wardrobe again. It doesn’t suit your personality. You’re trying hard and you’re turning into dumb, jack ass. You would like to belong in that group because they are popular? How far would you go to be with them?
Bullet: With all honesty, I want to belong in that group! I think they’re popular, cool and hip.

4. Displacement- we direct our anger or grudge toward objects or persons. Can we possess a desirable personality if we place our negative emotions toward objects or persons?

Peter is singing Empty by Click Five…… try to take a picture of love, hmmmm, but it’s empty.
Bullet: Stop singing, don’t you see I’m all screwed up. I kind of had a huge emotional connection to that …… I hate her. Every inch of my soul screams hatred (while he crumpled the paper and slammed the door hardly).

5. Denial- we deny our emotions when we can’t tolerate them. Can we possess a desirable personality if we deny the truth?

Bullet: A beautiful disaster it has been. Sometimes, woooh……… give me something bad, and I’ll tell you how it might be good.
Peter: I can’t think, I’m an idiot for a moment. Are you okay?
If you want to have some talk, I’m around.
Bullet: Break-up, I’m all good.
Peter: Please don’t hold back your tears. You need to cry, it’s okay because you have to. Sometimes you need to be strong to admit you’re weak, I won’t judge you for that ‘coz our hearts our broken and ripped off sometimes.
Bullet: I’m really okay, I’m all good. I have no problem!

6. Projection- we attribute our negative traits and motives to another. Can we possess a desirable personality when we point out our unwanted characteristics to other people?

Peter: Let’s join them.
Mik: I don’t like the girl. I despise her and her presence is an annoyance to me. She’s a flirt and the flirtiest of the flirt.
Bullet: Don’t be offended by me but you’re the Goddess of the
flirt also. You’re irritated with her because it’s more suitable for her to be flirt, so pretty and charming. I can’t blame her to be flirting around when you wish you are also doing the same thing. Hmmm, life is too short to live it as an envious person.

7. Sour Grape – we tell that grape is sour when we don’t get what we want. Can we possess a desirable personality when we mask our real feelings and find fault in someone or something when we fail?

Mik: Oh, I enjoyed watching Felicity. I think Ben should be out of the picture because I much preferred Noel and Felicity. Before I forgot, I love One tree Hill. I think Nathan is so hot and delicious.
Kind of remind me of something beautiful and sexy. By the way, what’s your grade in World Literature?
Bullet: Oh! It’s okay. I didn’t get a high grade on that subject. Anyway, it’s just a minor subject. Apparently enough, it’s not really important, my course is Architecture.

8. Sweet Lemon- we tell that lemon is sweet when we get what we don’t want. Can we possess a desirable personality when we mask our real feelings and pretend that we’re always fine?

Mik: Oh, congratulations! For winning the second place. You’re amazing. It seems we gonna drink some wine tonight!
Bullet: Nope, I won’t be the second best. You see that judge; she doesn’t know how to judge. She has no taste at all and she really sucks!

9. Fantasy- we seek escape from real world through imagination. Can we possess a desirable personality when we over-engaged in fantasy?

Peter: Hey, what’s up? Are you through with our project?
Bullet: I’ve been dreaming of charming and sexy Sophia Bush as my exclusive date. I can see and feel her in the trappings of romantic world. A beautiful enchantress she is to me. Gosh, I can’t concentrate on my project.

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