I chose Haymitch Abernathy for my character to portray.
Wikipedia describes him as ” “paunchy, middle-aged man” who was the victor of the 50th Hunger Games (the Second Quarter Quell), which occurred 24 years prior to the first book. When he was 16, Haymitch was reaped for the Second Quarter Quell, where four tributes from each district were forced into the arena. He became an ally to a girl named Maysilee Donner, who was the original owner of Katniss’ symbolic mockingjay pin, but was later forced to watch her die. During the Games, he discovered a wall of shrubbery at the edge of the Arena that concealed a force field, which ricocheted anything thrown in its direction. During the final moments of the Games, Haymitch (severely wounded himself) positioned himself by the edge, knowing that when his opponent flung her weapon at him, he could duck and the force field would hurl it back at her. His plan was successful, leaving Haymitch the victor. Within two weeks of his victory, Haymitch’s mother, younger brother, and girlfriend were killed by President Snow as punishment for Haymitch using the force field to his advantage. Haymitch became an example of what happens to those who defy the Capitol.
After his victory, he became an alcoholic and has spent almost all of the next 24 years intoxicated. Being the only surviving victor from District 12 (one of only two in the history of the Games), Haymitch was forced to mentor all of its tributes, which consumed him with guilt by being forced to participate in the Games that he hated. He dealt with these feelings with alcohol and openly flouting the dignity of the games. He treats Peeta and Katniss with contempt and is sarcastic, expending no effort to help them. However, when Katniss confronts him, he is stirred from his stupor and emerges as the pair’s greatest advocate. Haymitch shows himself to be highly canny as he guides his protégés in a cleverly designed, highly unorthodox strategy aimed at ensuring the survival of both tributes.”
I made a short audio clip of Haymitch talking about his two tributes, Peeta Melark and Katniss Everdeen.
I also made a facebook for Haymitch where he talks about his tributes. I incorporated one of the other assignments into his facebook page. I made Playlists that he would have played at either of the Tribute’s funerals. Peeta and Katniss were not both supposed to have survived. One was supposed to die.
Last but not least I made Haymitch his own signature alcoholic drink. It’s a take off a Bloody Mary. It’s called the “Stay Alive”
6oz V8 Juice
1 Shot of Vodka
2 Dashes of Old Bay
1 dash of worcestershire sauce
1 dash of garlic powder
little bit of horseradish
little dash of cayenne pepper.
Since this is all going to be turned in together I’m also including the links to my blog posts for my tutorials!
My reflection on the past 16 weeks? Tough, this class was told to me by friends that it was super easy. It wasn’t easy, it wasn’t designed to be easy. I loved it though! It was a ton of fun, stressful at times but I would suggest it to other students who like being on the computer.
Future Advice: DON’T SLACK ON THE WORK!!!!!! Space it out throughout the week- 2 weeks. It’s tough to get it all done in one day! Please use this advice!