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By Edmund White

Combining glittering wit, an environment dense in social paranoia, and a wide ranging attractiveness and precision of language, White's first novel indicates a hilarious apotheosis of the comedy of manners. For, at the privileged island group the place Forgetting Elena occurs, manners are every thing. Or so it kind of feels to White's excruciatingly self-conscious younger narrator who desperately desires to be authorised during this international the place every thing from one's rest room behavior to the composition of "spontaneous" poetry is topic to inflexible conventions.

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THG27 Despite her anger, the concept of family is Katniss’ primary motivator and is present in all of her actions and decisions. From the first sentence of The Hunger Games, Katniss’ sole concern is for her family’s— specifically, Prim’s—welfare: When I wake up, the other side of the bed is cold. My fingers stretch out, seeking Prim’s warmth but finding only the rough 67 FAMILYlLIFElINlPANEM canvas cover of the mattress. THG1 Katniss’ first instinct is always to check for Prim’s “warmth”—her presence, her safety and security.

I described tesserae as welfare previously, and that’s exactly what it is: a government program (ostensibly) put in place to subsidize basic living costs or needs for those at the poorest level of economic society. At the time that the Hunger Games series was being written, according to G. William Domhoff, a research professor in sociology at the University of California–Santa Cruz, in the United States “welfare (mainly AFDC [Aid for Families with Dependent Children]) dole[d] out humiliating relief primarily to poor single mothers.

So now, at the age of sixteen, my name will be in the reaping twenty times. Gale, who is eighteen and has been either helping or single-handedly feeding a family of five for seven years, will have his name in forty-two times. You can see why someone like Madge, who has never been at risk of needing a tessera, can set him off. THG13 47 THElSOCIOECONOMICSlOFlTESSERAE The division that this causes in Panem society between the merchant class—the “haves”—and the specialty classes—the “have-nots”—is clear from Gale, Katniss, and Madge’s early conversation about the impending seventy-fourth reaping ceremony.

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