Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

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Historical Background Suzanne Collins published Catching Fire in 2009. During that year the United States was at war with Iraq. The main cause of the war was the terrorist attack that occurred on September 11, 2001. There is however another reason for the war. George W. Bush wanted retribution for his father, George H. W. Bush. The President of Iraq, Saddam Hussein attempted to assassinate George H. W. Bush. Years later Bush’s son was elected as president and also held a personal vendetta against Hussein. The Iraq War was an armed conflict in Iraq that consisted of two parts. The first was an attack on Iraq on 20 March 2003 by an invasion force led by the United States. The second part was much longer, ending in 2011, in which rebellions came out to go up against the forces and the newly formed Iraqi government. Also, in 2009 President Barack Obama was elected into office. Barack Obama is the first African American President of the United States. Obama issued executive orders and directing the U.S. military to develop plans to remove troops from Iraq. He also retracted George W. Bush’s policy that allows federal government funds to cover abortions. A Biography of Suzanne Collins Suzanne Collins is one of the most popular modern American authors today. She is best known as being the author of the bestselling trilogy The Hunger Games. Suzanne Collins was born on August 10, 1962 in Hartford, Connecticut. She is the daughter of an Air Force official that served in the Vietnam War. Being the daughter of a military officer, she and her family were constantly moving from one place to another. Collins graduated from the Alabama School of Fine Arts in Birmingham in 1980 as a Theater Arts major. She graduated from Indiana University... ... middle of paper ... ...hanks - but I have elicited something dangerous. An act of dissent from the people of District 11. This is exactly the thing I am supposed to be defusing" (Collins 62). Katniss impulsively gives public recognition to Rue in District 11 in spite of being warned against fueling the fire for a rebellion. Even though she wants to keep her and Gale’s family safe by giving in to Snow's stipulations, her sense of personal obligation overrides her promise to Snow. Works Cited Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. Print. McKeever, Christine. Catching Fire. United States: GradeSaver, 2013. GradeSaver. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. . Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire. United States: Shmoop University, 2014. Shmoop. Web. 20 Jan. 2013. .
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