Sunday, March 29, 2015
District twelve and Appalachia have many similarities which is understandable considering District twelve is located in what used to be Appalachia. One big similarity is that the people that lived in Appalachia were miners and District twelve is known for mining. That is the only way they supply the capitol. Another big similarity between the two is music. During Mr. Walt Michael's lecture he talked a lot about ballads in Appalachia. A ballad is a song that tells a story. In Mockingjay, Katniss sings a lot. One of the main songs she sings is "The Hanging Tree." This song stuck with me the most because of how "gruesome" it is. Katniss' father taught her the song. Her mother caught her singing it one day and punished her. She wasn't allowed to sing it anymore. The first line of the song says "are you, are you, coming to the tree." When I read this line, I believe it is saying that they have the choice of ending their life and that is the only choice they have. This song is also a Ballad because it is telling the story of the dead man hanging in the tree. This song is very important to Katniss, probably because her father taught it to her. However, just like the Appalachians, Katniss sang this Ballad that was close to her heart. It is interesting because Katniss doesn't seem like the type of girl who would sing, but all the songs she sang, her father taught her. I believe she sings these three songs (one being "The Hanging Tree"), because it reminds her of her father and happier times when he was alive. Even though the songs are gruesome, it brings her to a happy place. That is the neat thing about Ballads. Although they may be songs that tell stories, you can create your own stories with the people who sing it or teach it to you!