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Literary critisim and literary theory...?

So I have to write a literary critisim and literary theory on a specific theme in the hunger games. I need a thesis, quotes, reasoning and it needs to be argumentative.

The problem is that I don't need to write an essay its just one page and I have to cover all that. I'm confused how I should start my thesis statement now.

Do I start like: in the book "the hunger games"... OR the hunger games talks about..

How?! Please help :/

Thank you.

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One page is more room than you think, providing you keep your reasoning down to a few – maybe 2 or 3 - strong points rather than trying to cram everything in. The main problem you might have is thinking of a topic which is actually argumentative, i.e. something slightly controversial. I haven’t read The Hunger Games but I suspect a good approach would be to compare the “entertainment” in the story to current, real-life TV etc. Say you did that, the opening point would be along the lines of “Throughout the book “The Hunger Games”, the author presents numerous similarities between the “Hunger Games” event and contemporary reality TV.” Present your idea as a “fact”, which you will then justify with evidence in the rest of the essay.
rhbooth
10 September 2012
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