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Hunger Games/House of the Scorpion

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message 1: by Beth (new)

Beth Wright | 12 comments Describe how one action can change the course of the future. Use examples from The Hunger Games and The House of the Scorpion.


message 2: by Patricia (new)

Patricia | 15 comments One action truly can change the course of the future. In the case of The House of the Scorpion, Celia realizes that El Patron is going to need Matt's organs so she poisons Matt. She does not poison him enough to kill him, but she does poison him enough so that his organs can not be transplanted to El Patron. Because Matt's organs cannot be transplanted, El Patron dies. The Alacrans dispose of Matt, but Tam Lin helps him so that he is able to escape. Matt's escape results in the plot of the last one hundred thirty pages or so.


message 3: by Katie (new)

Katie B. | 13 comments The power that one simple action can wield is very impressive. In The House of the Scorpion, if Matt and his friends had failed to impress the other boys at the orphan camp, the Keepers would have never been punished. The boys would not have united against the Keepers and blockaded their building with salt. Their use of corporal punishment against the children and use of laudanum would also have been kept a secret. This allows Matt and his friends to make it to the convent.


message 4: by Janey (new)

Janey Elmore | 15 comments One decision that leads to one action can affect an the outcome of ones future. For example, at the end of The Hunger Games, if Katniss had not made the decision for them both to die, or pretend to die, by eating the berries, then the outcome would have been extremely different. The Capital probably would have brought in another deadly element into the game that would have killed Peeta or Katniss or one of the kids would have had to kill the other one. Instead, their decision to drop the berries into their mouths and not chew them up allowed them to change the rules of the game and survive as the two winners. Yessss!!! I loved it!


message 5: by Alexandra (new)

Alexandra (alexandrapappas) | 10 comments In the Hunger Games, there are several times when one decision could change the future entirely. Katniss allows her future to change by sacrificing herself for her sister, and entering into the Hunger Games. Also, when they are tricked into thinking two could win the games, by potentially eating the poisonous berries, both would have died and the lives of their families would never have been the same. They would've changed the outcome of the Hunger Games as well, upsetting the Capitol. These examples show clearly that one single decision can change the course of one's life.


message 6: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth | 12 comments In House of the Scorpion, Matt's initial leaving of Celia's house changes the course of his entire future. If he had never left the house, it is very possible he never would have been discovered by anyone in Opium and that he would have simply lived out his life in solitude without love, understanding, struggle, or success. Though his leaving the safe-zone of Celia's house brought on a series of dangerous events for Matt, he never would have learned what it is like to live like a real person had he not escaped.


message 7: by Jamie (new)

Jamie | 13 comments When I read this discussion the first thing that popped into my mind was how greatly knowledge can change the course of ones life. Pulling examples from The House of the Scorpion the first two things that come to mind is the children finding out about Matt. If the children had not encountered Matt then Matt would never have left his house and he would never have had to be confined. Also, the knowledge that Celia receives that El Patron is sick. This knowledge allows Celia to "save" Matt by poisoning him so his body parts are not healthy enough for use by El Patron. Knowledge and education are a crucial part of the outcome of ones life.


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