Originally Posted by Neo_Version 7
Again, there is a slim chance of being selected. I would say that many families would rather take that risk as opposed to wasting valuable resources on their child unless they were to actually volunteer -- not to mention the lack of time to properly train (between school and household chores in addition to their other responsibilities out at sea or in the fields). It takes a lot more than willpower to ensure a healthy, athletic physique too. Food for one, which the Districts are a little short on, kind of matters too.Wooden swords are not the same as real swords. The weight matters. The force in which one pierces, slashes, etc. matters.
Though obviously, the same cannot be said for a trident, a bow, or a knife. And assuming they did have access to such weapons, who would train them? Where could they train to apply what they learned? Katniss is so skilled because in addition to real world experience in the woods (which was illegal in itself btw), she was taught by her father. Not sure other starving adults would take the time to fashion makeshift spears and give a bunch of children lessons.
The Capitol wouldn't take too kindly to a bunch of child soldiers. And I think it would be pretty obvious when every child in the Reaping shows us looking like a Thresh.
Well, that bit would be interesting to the samurai, perhaps collectively the greatest group of swordsmen that ever existed--they made extensive use of the wooden bokken
and the split-bamboo shinai
in their training. I seem to recall that the great swordsman Musashi Miyamoto used a bokken to defeat several sword-armed adversaries on one occasion.
You seem to ignore the fact that in the real world poor and oppressed people have secretly honed formidable fighting skills with some regularity, as I mentioned in an earlier post.
I note that most of the "children" in the movie, withe exception of little Rue, are portrayed by actors born circa 1990-1992!
It is interesting to see Gibonius and me on the same side in a forum discussion. I believe that's a first!Edited by JLibourel - 3/28/12 at 6:42pm