Friday, October 22, 2010

Star-Crossed Lovers Across Time

As we were reading Catching Fire last week, I kept noticing how often Katniss referred to herself and Peeta as "star-crossed lovers". This got me thinking about the characters Romeo and Juliet and their relationship as compared to that of Katniss and Peeta. And, the use of those words "star-crossed lovers" made me think of one specific part of Romeo and Juliet: The prologue.

For this Poetry Friday, you all are going to take the prologue from Romeo and Juliet and rewrite it to tell the story of Katniss and Peeta. Certainly, Katniss and Peeta are not the same as Romeo and Juliet. In fact, I think that they're much more interesting! Here is the original text of the prologue:


And here is a student sample from today's re-visioning exercise:

Two tributes, both alike in skills
In District 12, where they each have family.
From ancient traditions, new murders.
Where the blood of young tributes make Capitol hands dirty. 
From the start, the ill-fated lives of twenty-two other tributes
Are destined to be taken by these star-crossed lovers. 
Whose plans are overthrown by President Snow
And sent to face a second round of the Hunger Games
To face the former victors and the ghosts of their last game.
But this new game will cause the districts to rise,
Though lives may end before truly beginning,
A second time through pure Hell,
Watched by thousands of eyes across Panem
What these citizens miss may be a secret plot lost forever.

1 comment:

Beauty Spectrum said...

After studying Romeo and Juliet for so long and being a general lover of the hunger games, I thought this was a really good comparison!