Catching Fire

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Katniss Everdeen Character Analysis

The protagonist of Catching Fire, Katniss is an enormously brave and resourceful young woman who struggles with great challenges despite her age. She is the victor of the Hunger Games shortly before the beginning of Catching Fire, and is caught in an “in-between” stage in this novel (the middle of the Hunger Games trilogy). While she’s still enormously protective of the people she loves—her mother, her sister Prim, her friend Gale, and her co-champion Peeta—she’s unsure how to go about protecting them. Katniss wants to defy the tyrannical authority of the government, headed by President Coriolanus Snow, but must also participate in events designed by the government to boost morale and loyalty. Katniss faces considerably more adversity in Catching Fire than she does in the previous book, The Hunger Games, as now she’s forced to participate in a second Hunger Games, while also facing the weight of her memories of the previous Games.

Katniss Everdeen Quotes in Catching Fire

The Catching Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Katniss Everdeen or refer to Katniss Everdeen . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scholastic Press edition of Catching Fire published in 2013.
Chapter 1 Quotes

If it were up to me, I would try to forget the Hunger Games entirely. Never speak of them. Pretend they were nothing but a bad dream. But the Victory Tour makes that impossible. Strategically placed almost midway between the annual Games, it is the Capitol’s way of keeping the horror fresh and immediate. Not only are we in the districts forced to remember the iron grip of the Capitol’s power each year, we are forced to celebrate it.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker)
Page Number: 3-4
Explanation and Analysis:

Here Katniss offers an explanation of the Hunger Games, the brutal competition she was forced to compete in the previous year. The Hunger Games are an annual event in which the people of the districts of Panem are forced to send players, who compete with one another for the "honor" of winning the Games. The Capitol—the ruling government of Panem—hosts the Hunger Games, along with a Victory Tour that keeps memory of the Hunger Games fresh in everyone's minds. During the Victory Tour, Katniss, as a champion of the Games, must tour the country celebrating her own "success."

In one sense, Katniss's quote emphasizes the personal toll the games have taken on her. She won the tournament, but in the process she was forced to kill opponents, betray friends, and experience great trauma and loss. She's haunted by her own actions, and the Victory Tour is torturous because it forces her to remember the most traumatic events of her life. In a broader sense, though, the quote also alludes to "societal memory." The Capitol's goal in instituting the Victory Tour is to force all of Panem to remember the events of the Hunger Games. In doing so, the Capitol builds allegiance between the Districts of Panem: everyone in the country unites together around the Games and therefore the Capitol. Furthermore, the constant emphasis on the Hunger Games as a source of both entertainment and fear keeps the people of Panem from joining together against the government.

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Chapter 2 Quotes

People viewed your little trick with the berries as an act of defiance, not an act of love. And if a girl from District 12 of all places can defy the Capitol and walk away unharmed, what is to stop them from doing the same?

Related Characters: President Coriolanus Snow (speaker), Katniss Everdeen
Page Number: 21
Explanation and Analysis:

President Snow's speech to Katniss illustrates both the strength and the flaws of the government he heads. Snow has come to warn Katniss not to "misbehave" during her Victory Tour. She's under strict instructions to stick to the script at all times—to act like a typical lovestruck teenage girl, not a potential rebel leader. Snow knows that Katniss despises his government, and he also knows that she is hugely influential and has a talent for improvising—as a result, he's scared that Katniss will try to denounce or criticize the government during her Tour. Since Katniss will have an audience of millions at this time, Snow is right to be afraid.

A natural question would be, "Why doesn't Snow just cancel the Victory Tour?" Canceling the Tour might be the easiest way to ensure that Katniss doesn't do harm to his government, but it would also undermine the importance of tradition in Panem. Because Panem celebrates the Hunger Games every year—and because Snow's government maintains its power in part because of the popularity of the Hunger Games—Snow has no choice but to allow Katniss to make her tour as usual, despite the risk. Snow's speech demonstrates the power and the weakness of his government, while also showing us how Katniss might use her popularity to oppose Snow. With her widespread fame and national platform, Katniss has a powerful weapon on her side: if she were to criticize Snow, millions of people would listen to her. It's a mark of Katniss's danger that Snow has to threaten to hurt her family in order to make her "behave."

Chapter 3 Quotes

My time in the arena made me realize how I needed to stop punishing [my mother] for something she couldn’t help, specifically the crushing depression she fell into after my father’s death. Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Katniss’s mother
Page Number: 31-32
Explanation and Analysis:

Katniss's experiences during the Hunger Games have simultaneously matured her and stunted her development. On one hand, she's been forced to experience things that no human being should experience: she's been forced to murder to survive, for example. Her time in the arena has made it difficult for her to pursue a relationship or form a close friendship. And yet Katniss's experiences in the Hunger Games have also made her a more empathetic person: in this quote, she explains how her own brushes with death have taught her to understand her mother's depression. The calm, stoic explanation Katniss gives for her mother's depression—"sometimes things happen to people"—sounds like the words of a much older, more experienced woman.

Chapter 4 Quotes

I think of Haymitch, unmarried, no family, blotting out the world with drink. He could have had his choice of any woman in the district. And he chose solitude.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Haymitch Abernathy
Page Number: 46
Explanation and Analysis:

Katniss's mentor and model is Haymitch Abernathy, a former Hunger Games champion enlisted to prepare Katniss for the tournament. For most of the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy, Haymitch is portrayed as a figure of ridicule: a lazy, drunken complainer who's been resting on his laurels ever since winning the Hunger Games years before. But in this section of Catching Fire, Katniss begins to see Haymitch in different terms. Suddenly, Haymitch's sullenness and drunkenness become tragic and even impressive, rather than ridiculous.

In part, Katniss has changed her attitude toward Haymitch because of her own experiences in the Hunger Games. Unlike most champions, Katniss finds it impossible to rejoice in her own success: she's too naturally sympathetic to celebrate murder and bloodshed. Surrounded by the glitz and sleaze of the Victory Tour, Katniss looks to Haymitch as a kindred spirit: someone who won the Hunger Games but never enjoyed them for a second. Furthermore, Katniss is beginning to see that Haymitch's sullenness and drunkenness are noble and even rebellious. Haymitch knew that the President of the Capitol would try to pressure him into obeying the government by threatening his family, so Haymitch chose not to have a family at all rather than put innocent people in danger. By largely refusing to participate in the pomp of the Hunger Games and the Victory Tour, Haymitch is also refusing to empower the government any further: without Haymitch, Snow has one less way of controlling his people.

Chapter 5 Quotes

Everything is happening too fast for me to process it. The warning, the shootings, the recognition that I may have set something of great consequence in motion. The whole thing is so improbable. And it would be one thing if I had planned to stir things up, but given the circumstances… how on earth did I cause so much trouble?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker)
Page Number: 68
Explanation and Analysis:

Katniss has just finished making an off-script speech to a large group of people. In her speech, Katniss has praised Rue, a young girl whom Katniss watched die in the Hunger Games. Katniss's speech—intended as an act of love, not an act of rebellion—incites a riot, since the people can't stand the thought of a government that put Rue in harm's way so callously.

At this early point in the Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss doesn't entirely realize how much power she wields over the people of Panem. She's aware of her national platform, but she has yet to realize how easily an emotional speech or a passionate defense of her friends can encourage a riot, or even an outright rebellion against the government. In general, Katniss is a reluctant leader, not even aware of her own political powers. Perhaps it's because she's oblivious to her own gifts that she's such an effective speaker. In a society where every moment on television is carefully scripted and choreographed, even the smallest flash of originality or improvisation registers as a rebellion against the government (the institution that keeps TV so carefully censored).

Did I do it? Was it enough? Was giving everything over to you, keeping up the game, promising to marry Peeta enough?
In answer, he gives an almost imperceptible shake of his head.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , President Coriolanus Snow
Page Number: 74
Explanation and Analysis:

At the conclusion of Katniss's Victory Tour, Katniss is unsure if she's pleased President Snow or not. While she's been careful not to say anything that could be interpreted as a denunciation of Snow's government, Katniss has inadvertently caused riots and rebellions across Panem. (A few chapters after this quote, Katniss realizes just how successful she's been in challenging the government's authority: she's caused full-scale uprisings against the Capitol in several districts.)

The quote also illustrates the extent to which Katniss will go to protect her family and keep up appearances. Because she's afraid that her mother and sister will be murdered for her defiance of the rules, Katniss tries to overcompensate by getting engaged to Peeta, her co-champion in the Hunger Games. While Katniss has romantic feelings for her childhood friend, Gale, she's loyal first and foremost to her family. Thus, she decides to marry Peeta in the hopes that she'll entertain the country and please Snow. Snow's shake of the head, however, seems to indicate that Katniss hasn't done enough to neutralize her own threat. But because Snow's gesture is so small and hard to read, it's not completely clear if Katniss's interpretation is right or wrong. Snow's head-shake is only the first of many ambiguous symbols and speeches in this book.

Chapter 6 Quotes

There was something strange about it. Almost clandestine. But why? Maybe he thinks someone else will steal his idea of putting a disappearing mockingjay on a watch face. Yes, he probably paid a fortune for it, and now he can’t show it to anyone, because he’s afraid someone will make a cheap, knockoff version. Only in the Capitol.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Plutarch Heavensbee
Related Symbols: Mockingjay
Page Number: 83
Explanation and Analysis:

At the "meet and greet" for the year's new edition of the Hunger Games—in which both Katniss and Peeta are being forced to compete—Katniss meets the new designer of the Hunger Games, a man named Plutarch Heavensbee. Plutarch flashes Katniss his new watch, which is adorned with the image of the mockingjay. The mockingjay was also the symbol Katniss chose for herself during her previous Hunger Games, and lately it's become a popular symbol of Katniss herself.

At Katniss describes the scene, Plutarch's mockingjay watch is a symbol, which she tries with difficulty to interpret correctly. Katniss's interpretation of the watch is that Plutarch is an arrogant man, and he's trying to show it off to Katniss without giving away the idea to his peers. Katniss's interpretation of the watch reflects her opinions about the people of the Capitol themselves: that they're arrogant, materialistic, and superficial.

It's not until much later that Katniss realizes the truth: Plutarch is secretly an ally to Haymitch and other rebels, and a friend to Katniss. By showing Katniss his watch, he's actually trying to give her a hint that he's on her side, and cluing her in about the nature of the upcoming Hunger Games; namely, that the arena is designed to resemble a watch. Katniss's confusion in interpreting the mockingjay—supposedly a symbol of rebellion, or even of Katniss herself—illustrates the strangeness of all symbols. Seen from different points of view, Katniss—herself a living symbol—can be interpreted as a mascot for the Capitol, or its worst enemy.

Chapter 7 Quotes

The jabberjays were muttations, genetically enhanced male birds […] The jabberjays were left to die. In a few years, they became extinct in the wild, but not before they had mated with female mockingbirds, creating an entirely new species.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker)
Related Symbols: Mockingjay
Page Number: 91-92
Explanation and Analysis:

In this section, Katniss explains where mockingjays—a futuristic form of mutated bird—come from. Because the mockingjay is explicitly described as being a symbol of Katniss herself, it's fitting that Katniss's explanation is full of symbolic allusions to Katniss's own personality. As Katniss explains, the mockingjays are natural survivors: their very existence is a testament to their ancestors' cleverness and strength. Furthermore, the mockingjays' nature is deeply divided: half mockingbird (a peaceful, natural bird) and half jabberjay (a brutal, government-bred animal). In much the same way, we might say that Katniss's own personality is resilient and deeply divided. Katniss is a natural survivor, who manages to win the Hunger Games due to her speed and skill. She's also a conflicted young woman: in part, she's peaceful and gentle, but she's also capable of acts of incredible brutality. Above all, the comparison between Katniss and the mockingjay reminds us that Katniss is partly—but not entirely!—a tool of the government. While she's been partly "bred" by the Capitol, she's also abandoned her role and rejected the Capitol, in much the same that the mockingjays have rejected the jabberjays' mission to help the government that created them.

Chapter 8 Quotes

My mother has to save the strongest for the worst pain, but what is the worst pain? To me, it’s always the pain that is present. If I were in charge, those painkillers would be gone in a day because I have so little ability to watch suffering. My mother tries to save them for those who are actually in the process of dying, to ease them out of the world.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Katniss’s mother
Page Number: 113
Explanation and Analysis:

In this passage, Katniss shows how her encounters with pain and danger can make her stronger, wiser, and more mature. After Katniss's friend Gale is whipped and beaten for daring to break the government's rules, Katniss's mother gives Gale a relatively weak treatment that does little to improve his pain. While Katniss is astounded and enraged that her own mother is being so "harsh" with her friend, she gradually comes to realize that her mother is doing the right thing. There are times when one has no choice but to experience pain, Katniss realizes. As brutal as it might seem to let Gale go through so much suffering, it's better than wasting an entire supply of painkillers on one person. Katniss's description of her mother's remedies suggests that Katniss is learning to respect her mother for her wisdom and experience, and recognizes that she herself has a lot to learn about taking care of herself.

Chapter 10 Quotes

But then the axe fell. Peacekeepers began to arrive by the thousands. Hovercrafts bombed the rebel strongholds into ashes. In the utter chaos that followed, it was all people could do to make it back to their homes alive.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Bonnie , Twill
Page Number: 145
Explanation and Analysis:

Bonnie and Twill, two refugees from the faraway District 8, explain their trials and tribulations to Katniss, whom they regard as a hero. In District 8, they joined a massive uprising against the government's power, inspired largely by Katniss's speeches. But very quickly, the government sent in new troops to suppress the uprising: vastly outnumbered, Bonnie and Twill could only watch as their homes were destroyed. It's a mark of the government's power that Bonnie and Twill describe the government forces as "peacekeepers" without any apparent irony: they're so used to using this term that they don't stop to consider how inappropriate it is.

Bonnie and Twill's description is also a powerful reminder of the government's force. Previously, President Snow has threatened to use excessive force to prevent Katniss from speaking out against him in public. For the most part, however, Snow has maintained his power, both over Katniss and over Panem as a whole, simply by manipulation and making threats along these lines. It is a sign of Katniss's success as an instigator that people across the country are now calling Snow on his bluff; in other words, testing the government's actual strength by rioting in the streets. President Snow's ideal society is one in which he rules the country by controlling the rules of the Hunger Games, rather than by using actual military force on civilians. Paradoxically, the fact that Snow is now forced to use his "peacekeepers" to suppress the people is a sign that Katniss is inspiring the people to rise up, and Snow's position is weakening.

Chapter 11 Quotes

I thought no one saw me sneak under the fence, but who knows? There are always eyes for hire. Someone reported Gale kissing me in that very spot. Still, that was in daylight and before I was more careful about my behavior. Could there be surveillance cameras?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Gale Hawthorne
Page Number: 152
Explanation and Analysis:

Although President Snow rules Panem partly through military power, his single most powerful weapon is intimidation; the illusion of constant surveillance and control, rather than actual control itself. We can see this in the quote from Chapter 11, shortly after Katniss sneaks under the fence and returns to her home in District 12. Because it's illegal for civilians to leave District 12, Katniss is naturally frightened of being caught. But even more seriously, she's concerned that she's been captured on video sneaking under the fence. President Snow's seemingly limitless knowledge of Katniss's whereabouts and thoughts—knowledge he's displayed before—have convinced Katniss that she's always being watched.

Katniss's thoughts illustrate the vast surveillance power of the government over which Snow presides. In Panem, the media are so widespread that it's not unreasonable to think that there are cameras even in the wilderness. In particular, Katniss's experiences during the Victory Tour and in the Hunger Games—where there literally were cameras in the wilderness—bias her to the view that she's being watched at all hours of the day and night. Even if Katniss is wrong and there are no cameras, her fear indicates that Snow has done an excellent job of intimidating his people into thinking of him as a god who watches his people constantly.

Chapter 12 Quotes

[Gale] must also know that if we don’t revolt in 12, I’m destined to be Peeta’s bride. Seeing me lounging around in gorgeous gowns on his television… what can he do with that?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Gale Hawthorne
Page Number: 170
Explanation and Analysis:

This darkly humorous quotation shows the psychological consequences of living in a world where one's actions are filmed and recorded at all times. After a Victory Tour and a session in the Hunger Games, Katniss is used to being watched. With opposition to the government at an all-time high in District 12, Katniss is well aware that there might be a rebellion in the District very soon—by the same token, she knows that government officials like President Snow and Romulus Thread are aware of the rebellion, too. In this section, Katniss finds herself thinking like Thread; i.e., putting herself in the position of a government official. She's so used to being watched that the thought process comes naturally to her.

Furthermore, Katniss's thoughts about the uprising in District 12 betray some of the weaknesses in the government of Panem. Although the government has an obvious interest in subduing the 12 districts of Panem, it also draws a lot of its power from the Hunger Games—in other words, from creating action, excitement, and violence. Katniss is only half-joking when she says that Thread has no interest in keeping her subdued and boring in her wedding dress. As absurd as it sounds, the government partly has an interest in creating a revolt in District 12: it thrives on diversions of exactly this kind. Katniss's joke reminds us that she is both an asset and a liability for the government: she entertains the masses (the source of the government's power) but also has the potential to mobilize the masses against the government.

Chapter 13 Quotes

I’m glad I won only last year. Otherwise I’d know all the other victors, not just because I see them on television but because they’re guests at every Games. Even if they’re not mentoring like Haymitch always has to, most return to the Capitol each year for the event. I think a lot of them are friends. Whereas the only friend I’ll have to worry about killing will be either Peeta or Haymitch.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Haymitch Abernathy
Page Number: 176
Explanation and Analysis:

Katniss has been summoned to the Capitol to compete in another edition of the Hunger Games. When she arrives, she's intimidated but also strangely relieved: because of her youth, she hasn't made any lasting friendships with the other competitors. Unlike the other competitors, then, she'll have less guilt about killing her opponents (with the obvious exceptions of Haymitch and Peeta). Katniss's observation is also oddly characteristic of her personality, because it's both callous and compassionate. On one hand, the quote suggests that Katniss will have no problem killing dozens of people, simply because she's never met them before. On the other, the quote suggests that Katniss is thinking about guilt and loss, and that she has compassion for some people (such as Peeta) and empathy for others (who must struggle to kill their friends). In general, then, the quote illustrates the two sides of Katniss's complex personality: her brutality and her compassion.

Chapter 14 Quotes

Effie doesn’t know that my mockingjay pin is now a symbol used by the rebels. At least in District 8. In the Capitol, the mockingjay is still a fun reminder of an especially exciting Hunger Games.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Effie Trinket
Related Symbols: Mockingjay
Page Number: 190
Explanation and Analysis:

As Katniss prepares to compete in her second round of the Hunger Games, she reunites with her publicist, Effie Trinket. Effie is strangely oblivious to Katniss's "cult status" as a mascot for the revolution against the government—as far as she's concerned (or so Katniss believes), Katniss is just an especially popular victor. Effie's cluelessness is reflected in her adoption of the mockingjay pin: Effie wears this pin on her body, unaware that for some people, the pin is a symbol of rebellion against the very government she serves.

More broadly speaking, Effie's adoption of the mockingjay pin points to the basic ambiguity in Katniss's role as a national celebrity. Because Katniss is forced to speak in allusions and riddles (rather than denounce the government directly), many of her remarks can be interpreted as either pro- or anti-Capitol. Katniss herself is a symbol—an instantly recognizable national celebrity—and like any popular symbol, she can be interpreted in more than one way. Katniss hates the government, but she's still unsure if she wants to commit to the dangers of becoming a revolutionary. In all, the ambiguity of the mockingjay pin reflects Katniss's uncertainty about her own identity and her future.

Chapter 16 Quotes

Kids in costumes are silly, but aging victors, it turns out, are pitiful. A few who are on the younger side, like Johanna and Finnick, or whose bodies haven’t fallen into disrepair, like Seeder and Brutus, can still manage to maintain a little dignity. But the majority, who are in the clutches of drink or morphling or illness, look grotesque in their costumes.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Finnick Odair , Johanna Mason , Brutus , Seeder
Page Number: 214
Explanation and Analysis:

At Katniss prepares to compete in the Hunger Games for a second time, she meets her competitors—previous victors in the Games. This is Katniss's opportunity to study how other people have dealt with fame and celebrity. What she discovers is "pitiful." The vast majority of people who have won the Hunger Games haven't weathered success very well. Most have become addicted to drugs or alcohol—either because they need a vehicle to escape from their memories of murder, or because they've turned to extravagance in their fame. The prevalence of addiction among the victors suggests that victory is its own prison: for all their fame and glory, the winners of the Hunger Games are just as bound to the government as the other citizens of Panem.

Although Katniss is sizing up her competition and trying to figure out how to protect the people she loves, her thought process also reminds us of how strong and mature she is in comparison to most. It's true that she hasn't had to live as a victor for very long, but she also clearly maintains greater self-control than most of her peers.

“I like the District Three victors,” I say. “Wiress and Beetee.”
“Really?” he asks. “They’re something of a joke to the others.”
“Why does that not surprise me?” I say. I think of how Peeta was always surrounded at school by a crowd of friends.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark (speaker), Wiress , Beetee
Page Number: 220
Explanation and Analysis:

At this point, Katniss and Peeta are trying to build a team of allies so that they can survive the Hunger Games. Katniss's approach to recruiting teammates is vastly different from Peeta's, shedding light on the differences between their personalities. While Katniss favors competitors who are calm, quiet, and intelligent, Peeta favors competitors who are strong, fast, or otherwise athletic. (In short, Katniss and Peeta like competitors who mirror their own personalities.) As Katniss correctly points out, Peeta's preference for "jocks" and gregarious friends stretches all the way back to his time in school, when he was always very popular.

Katniss's disagreement with Peeta reminds readers that they're far from a perfectly compatible couple; on the contrary, they're very different people. The differences between Katniss and Peeta are especially important in light of the "love triangle" between Gale, Peeta, and Katniss. From what we've seen of Gale, he's closer to Katniss's personality than Peeta is, at least in terms of quietness and introversion. 

Chapter 17 Quotes

They will be looking for some sign that their battles have not been in vain. If I can make it clear that I’m still defying the Capitol right up to the end, the Capitol will have killed me …but not my spirit. What better way to give hope to the rebels?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker)
Page Number: 243
Explanation and Analysis:

In this section, Katniss makes the difficult decision to sacrifice her own life in order to save Peeta's. Although she's won the Hunger Games alongside Peeta before, she's certain that the government won't allow her this way out a second time. Because the purpose of this edition of the Hunger Games is to weaken Katniss's power, there's no way Katniss and her "husband" will be allowed to survive together.

Although the only goal of the Hunger Games is to survive (one could say that its guiding principle is "Look out for yourself"), Katniss decides to protect Peeta's life instead of her own. The beauty of this decision is that it's at once instantly sympathetic and rebellious against President Snow's government. By sacrificing herself, Katniss would be breaking the rules of the Hunger Games (even if it's the unwritten rule of self-preservation) and therefore encouraging the people of Panem to break the rules, too—i.e., to challenge Snow's authority. While challenging Snow's authority isn't Katniss's priority—her priority is protecting her friend Peeta—her decision also reflects her growing commitment to the rebel cause.

Chapter 18 Quotes

A shadow of recognition flickers across Caesar’s face, and I can tell that he knows that the mockingjay isn’t just my token. That it’s come to symbolize so much more. That what will be seen as a flashy costume change in the Capitol is resonating in an entirely different way throughout the districts. But he makes the best of it.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Cinna , Caesar Flickerman
Related Symbols: Mockingjay
Page Number: 253
Explanation and Analysis:

As Katniss prepares to begin the Hunger Games, she's forced to give a series of TV interviews with Caesar Flickerman, a popular TV personality. Although the interviews are intended to be glossy and mindlessly entertaining, Katniss uses them as an opportunity to speak to her rebel supporters across Panem while also conducting a traditional interview. Mostly with the help of her designer, Cinna, Katniss manages to play both sides of the field by wearing her symbol, the mockingjay. To mainstream fans of the Hunger Games, Katniss seems no different from any other victor. To rebels, however (and to Caesar, who clearly knows about the significance of the mockingjay), Katniss's mockingjay is a sign of solidarity and support; a gesture of disrespect and even outright rebellion against the government.

Yet Katniss's hidden resistance is uneven and unpredictable: there's no guarantee that it'll inspire any real rebellions, since her mockingjay could easily be interpreted as a normal victor's "costume." But her hidden resistance is also the safest and arguably the most powerful way to oppose the government, considering that the government is powerful and all-seeing. Instead of firing shots at Snow and then trying to hide, Katniss uses her mockingjay to hide in plain sight.

Chapter 19 Quotes

All right, maybe killing Finnick would be a little premature. He’s been helpful so far. He does have Haymitch’s stamp of approval. And who knows what the night will hold?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Haymitch Abernathy , Finnick Odair
Page Number: 278
Explanation and Analysis:

In this quotation, written as Katniss's stream-of-consciousness, we see Katniss trying to decide whether or not to kill one of her fellow competitors in the Hunger Games. Finnick Odair is a famously devious and unpredictable competitor whom Katniss immediately distrusts, and yet he's also remarkably brave—and most important, he saves Peeta's life, seemingly proving his loyalty to Katniss and Peeta. Katniss ultimately chooses not to kill Finnick because of this. And yet the mere fact that she's seriously considering doing so speaks miles about her character during the Hunger Games. Katniss may be the protagonist of these novels, but she's also ruthless and willing to kill to protect the people she loves. Even if she's less ruthless and less willing to kill than some of her competitors, she's still very dangerous, and has been turned callous by the horrible situations she's forced to survive.


Chapter 20 Quotes

One way or the other, I have a very valuable piece of information. And if they know I have it, they might do something to alter the force field so I can’t see the aberration anymore. So I lie.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker)
Page Number: 284
Explanation and Analysis:

Thanks to a conversation with her two competitors, Beetee and Wiress, Katniss learns that it's possible to see the force fields that the government had placed around the perimeters of the Hunger Games arena: there's always a telltale shimmer around the forcefield generator. But, as the quotation explains, Katniss chooses not to share this information with her competitors—and even more importantly, she chooses not to let the ever-present cameras know that she knows how to detect a forcefield.

Katniss's decision suggests a few things about her character. She's playing the game very strategically, recognizing that she shouldn't share a huge advantage—knowledge of how to detect the forcefield—with her competitors. Evidently, Katniss has learned from her prior experiences to be careful and tactical. It's also clear that Katniss has learned a lot from her Victory Tour: she's used to being filmed and watched at all times, whether she's in the Games or not. In general, Katniss's behavior shows how strategic, hidden resistance can be more effective than direct rebellion against the government. Instead of challenging the government's power directly—by complaining about the forcefield and trying to fight it, for example—Katniss exhibits self-control and files away the information for the future. Her subtlety pays off in the novel's climax, when she finally takes a decisive step—firing an arrow at the generator—and translates hidden resistance into direct rebellion at the perfect time.

Chapter 22 Quotes

I stare into the night, thinking of what a difference a day makes. How yesterday morning, Finnick was on my kill list, and now I’m willing to sleep with him as my guard. He saved Peeta and let Mags die and I don’t know why.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Finnick Odair , Mags
Page Number: 314
Explanation and Analysis:

During the Hunger Games, Katniss makes alliances with her competitors, and changes these alliances several times. For instance, she begins by thinking that Finnick Odair is a devious, dangerous young man, but after Finnick saves Peeta's life not once but twice, Katniss decides that can trust Finnick—there's no reason for Finnick to save Peeta's life, except that he, like Katniss, is trying to help Peeta survive.

The passage is also important because it reinforces the theme of ambiguous symbols. Here, one could say that Finnick himself is the "symbol"—he projects an image of seductive, untrustworthy charm, yet also displays clear signs of compassion and honesty. Katniss is unsure how to interpret Finnick's behavior, pointing toward her general confusion about how to interpret the Hunger Games, her friends' actions, and her place as a celebrity in Panem.

Chapter 23 Quotes

There are six of us now. Even if you count Beetee and Wiress out, we’ve got four good fighters. It’s so different from where I was last year at this point, doing everything on my own. Yes, it’s great to have allies as long as you can ignore the thought that you’ll have to kill them.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Wiress , Beetee
Page Number: 329
Explanation and Analysis:

As the Hunger Games go on, competitors are eliminated in a series of brutal and bizarre challenges. In this section, Katniss assesses where she and her allies stand in the game. Her heart sinks as the realizes the truth: she's almost at the point where she and her allies will have to turn on one another. Katniss's realization points to a more general problem with the Hunger Games: the more friends you make, the better you're likely to do for the first half of the Games; but the more allies you make right away, the more emotionally wrenching the second half of the Games will become. It's as if the Games are designed to be as psychologically challenging as possible—which, of course, they are.

The quotation also points to some important changes in Katniss's character that have set in during this novel. Both because of her victory in her first Hunger Games and because of her closer relationship with Haymitch, Prim, and her mother, Katniss has been thinking in more compassionate terms. President Snow has made it clear that if Katniss disobeys him at all, her family and friends will be hurt; as a result, she can't delude herself into thinking that she's a free agent who can act however she pleases. What's true in life, then, is also true in this year's Hunger Games: Katniss makes more alliances, and pays the emotional price for doing so.

Chapter 24 Quotes

My mouth drops open in shock. No one, ever, says anything like this in the Games. Absolutely, they’ve cut away from Johanna, are editing her out. But I have heard her and can never think about her again in the same way. She’ll never win any awards for kindness, but she certainly is gutsy. Or crazy.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Johanna Mason
Page Number: 346
Explanation and Analysis:

During the Hunger Games, with millions of people watching her, Johanna makes a joke about the people of Panem rebelling against the government. Naturally, the editors of the Games will never allow this sentiment to be broadcast. Still, the fact that Katniss finds Johanna's word so shocking and impressive—far more so than any literal action could be—says a lot about the kind of woman Katniss has become over the course of this novel. As Katniss proceeds with her tour of Panem, being filmed at all hours of the day, she becomes so used to the camera that she can't conceive of the camera ever turning off. Even when she's alone in her bed, she has the reflexive feeling that someone, somewhere, is filming her. Because she has the sense of always being watched, and because she knows very well that if she doesn't "behave" on camera, her family will be murdered, Katniss has no choice but to follow directions, opposing the government's authority only in the smallest, subtlest ways.

When one considers Katniss's history with surveillance, then, it's not surprising that she's so impressed with Johanna's direct statement. It's Katniss's burden to always check her own statements for fear that they'll anger Snow. She's certainly willing to incite rebellion against the government, but she'd never dare to oppose it as Johanna just has—she's also probably jealous of Johanna for being able to speak her mind so plainly.

Chapter 27 Quotes

But will Peeta know that or will he keep fighting? He’s so strong and such a good liar. Does he think he has a chance of surviving? Does he even care if he does? He wasn’t planning on it, anyway. He had already signed off on life. Maybe, if he knows I was rescued, he’s even happy. Feels he fulfilled his mission to keep me alive. I think I hate him even more than I do Haymitch.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Haymitch Abernathy
Page Number: 387
Explanation and Analysis:

In the final pages of Catching Fire, Katniss is rescued by a group of rebels including Haymitch, Plutarch Heavensbee, and others. Peeta, on the other hand, is kidnapped by the government of Panem and placed in captivity as a warning to Katniss, now perceived (correctly) as an enemy of the government. In simplest terms, Katniss was trying to save Peeta's life by sacrificing her own, only to find that Peeta's life has been placed in danger because of her own rebellious escape (and furthermore, he was trying to sacrifice his life to save hers).

As Katniss realizes, she's become increasingly emotionally reliant on other people since winning the Hunger Games last year. Traumatized by the violence she witnessed, she's relied on Peeta (one of the few people who understands what she's going through) for love and understanding. The advantage of emotional dependence is that in Peeta, Katniss has a good friend: someone who can empathize with her and lessen her pain. But the challenge of emotional dependence, of course, is that when Katniss loses Peeta to the government, she feels more pain than she ever thought was possible: her connection with Peeta is now a horrible burden. In the depths of her misery, Katniss even says that she hates Peeta—a clear sign that she resents the bond of guilt and fear that now links her to him.

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Katniss Everdeen Character Timeline in Catching Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Katniss Everdeen appears in Catching Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Katniss leaves her house and walks through the streets of District 12, carrying some of her... (full context)
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After leaving Hazelle’s house, Katniss walks to Hob, a market area where Katniss usually sells her catches. Katniss regards the... (full context)
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Katniss walks to Greasy Sae’s stall in the Hob, where she crosses paths with a Peacekeeper... (full context)
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Katniss leaves the Hob and walks to Victor’s Village, a small community near District 12 where... (full context)
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As Katniss and Haymitch bicker, Peeta walks into the room. He has been baking bread in Haymitch’s... (full context)
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Katniss leaves Haymitch’s house and walks to her own. There, her mother is waiting for her.... (full context)
Chapter 2
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President Snow asks Katniss, point-blank, if she’s going to be “difficult” during the Victory Tour. Katniss replies that she... (full context)
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President Snow goes on to explain that Katniss’s threat of suicide has been dangerous for the Capitol’s authority. Many of the other Districts... (full context)
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Katniss thinks about a moment she spent with Gale in the woods shortly after winning the... (full context)
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Katniss begs Snow not to hurt Gale. She promises to behave during her Victory Tour by... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Katniss’s mother comes in and asks her if she’s all right, and Katniss pretends to be... (full context)
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Katniss takes a bath in preparation for the beginning of her tour. In the middle of... (full context)
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...Haymitch may be required to compete in challenges, since he won the Games years ago. Katniss has never asked Haymitch about his victory, and he has never volunteered the information. (full context)
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Katniss’s mother enters Katniss’s room as Venia and Octavia are applying her makeup. She tells Katniss... (full context)
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Cinna is sympathetic when Katniss tells him about Snow, but he urges her to get to work on her “talent.”... (full context)
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Effie Trinket, the organizer of the Victory Tour, arrives at Katniss’s house. The sight of Effie reminds Katniss of the Games, and thus of Rue, the... (full context)
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Chapter 4
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Katniss thinks about how hard her “team” works to make her look beautiful. They always want... (full context)
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After the dinner in District 11, Katniss and her crew get back on the train and move on to the next district.... (full context)
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Peeta offers to show Katniss his paintings, which have an entire train car to themselves. He holds Katniss’s hand, and... (full context)
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As the train arrives in District 11, Peeta and Katniss see a huge barbed wire fence with large metal towers positioned along it. Katniss had... (full context)
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Katniss, Peeta, and their entourage are welcomed off their train by a group of “Peacekeepers” (government... (full context)
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Chapter 5
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...a luxurious banquet hall where, presumably, they were supposed to eat dinner. Haymitch notices that Katniss and Peeta have been fitted with microphones for the ceremony—he rips these off their chests... (full context)
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Haymitch leads Peeta and Katniss up a ladder, which leads to the dome at the top of the Justice Building.... (full context)
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Peeta is angry that Katniss didn’t tell her about her conversation with Snow. He explains that he had a right... (full context)
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Katniss, still standing in the dome with Haymitch, asks him about favoritism. Haymitch tells her that... (full context)
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As Katniss, Peeta, and their entourage prepare to go to their dinner, Effie complains that she doesn’t... (full context)
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The visits to the final two districts, 2 and 1, are the most challenging for Katniss, since the tributes from these districts might have survived the Games had it not been... (full context)
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Katniss and her entourage reach the Capitol, where the most powerful and privileged people of Panem... (full context)
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Chapter 6
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President Snow has just given Katniss indication that she’s failed to obey his directions. Yet Katniss is not afraid or angry—surprisingly,... (full context)
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Following her performance with Peeta, Katniss attends an enormous banquet. For the first time since her tour began, Katniss feels hungry.... (full context)
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...the members of the entourage gorge themselves on food and drink copious amounts of alcohol, Katniss and Peeta find it impossible to enjoy themselves at the banquet. Together, they go to... (full context)
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A man named Plutarch Heavensbee introduces himself to Katniss as the new Head Gamekeeper, and asks Peeta if he can steal Katniss for a... (full context)
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...day, the train is nearing District 12, where there will be a huge Harvest Festival. Katniss and Peeta go to the house of the mayor, Undersee, to plan the details. After... (full context)
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The narrative cuts back to Katniss’s discovery of riots in District 8. Disturbed, Katniss was about to run out of the... (full context)
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During her conversation with Madge Undersee, Madge complimented Katniss for her mockingjay pin, and they discussed the history of mockingjays. Long ago, the government... (full context)
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Katniss explains to Gale her decision to marry Peeta. She mentions Snow’s visit to her house... (full context)
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Gale presses Katniss for information about the uprising in District 8. Katniss admits that she saw fires and... (full context)
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Alone in the woods, Katniss wonders if she’ll be able to convince her family to leave District 12 with her.... (full context)
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Katniss watches in horror as the Head Peacekeeper whips Gale. Though the crowd whispers that she... (full context)
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Before Katniss can say anything further, a voice calls out, “Hold it!” It is Haymitch, walking through... (full context)
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Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch untie Gale from his whipping post. He is unconscious from the pain.... (full context)
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The group has arrived at Katniss’s house in Victor’s Village. Katniss’s mother, a skilled nurse and healer, emerges from the house,... (full context)
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As Katniss watches her mother treat Gale, she notices that he’s regaining consciousness. Katniss remembers that her... (full context)
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Someone shakes Katniss’s shoulder—she’s been sleeping next to Gale. It is Peeta, staring at Katniss very sadly. Katniss... (full context)
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During the blizzard, Katniss considers what she’s agreed to by agreeing to stand with Gale against the government. Katniss... (full context)
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Katniss walks downstairs, where she finds her mother tending to Gale. Katniss’s mother prepares a complex... (full context)
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Katniss’s mother tells Katniss that Peeta left early in the morning, and suggests that Katniss call... (full context)
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After two days, the blizzard subsides. Katniss calls Peeta and tells him to meet her in the square in the center of... (full context)
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As Katniss and Peeta walk through the streets, they notice how terrified the people of District 12... (full context)
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After their brief visit with Hazelle, Katniss and Peeta prepare to walk back to Victor’s Village. Katniss says that she wants to... (full context)
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...to his home, and for the time being, he doesn’t mention rebellion of any kind. Katniss senses that he’ll be inspired to rebel, however, after he sees the state of District... (full context)
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...the district, there are more sick and wounded people, all of whom go to see Katniss’s mother. In the meantime, hunting laws are strictly enforced, so Gale and Katniss do not... (full context)
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Worried about the mixed message Snow is sending, Katniss decides to take matters into her own hands, though she doesn’t immediately reveal how. Early... (full context)
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Just as she is about to come to the cement house, Katniss hears the click of a weapon. Turning around and drawing her weapon, she sees someone... (full context)
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Katniss asks Bonnie and Twill about the cracker. Bonnie seems surprised—she mutters to Twill that Katniss... (full context)
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Katniss tells Bonnie and Twill to follow her into the cement house. They do so, and... (full context)
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Bonnie and Twill explain themselves to Katniss. They were textile workers in District 8. Twill was also a schoolteacher, and Bonnie was... (full context)
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...in a cargo train without being stopped. They decided to head for District 13. When Katniss protests that this district is nothing but rubble, Twill explains that the government always shows... (full context)
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Bonnie tells Katniss that Katniss is a beacon of hope for District 8, and her act of defiance... (full context)
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Katniss tells Bonnie and Twill that she needs to leave them. She walks away from the... (full context)
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Katniss decides to find a tall tree, climb it, and jump over the electrified fence. She... (full context)
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The evening passes uneventfully. Prim tells Katniss about her day at school, and Katniss’s mother fixes everyone soup and bread. Privately, Katniss... (full context)
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After discovering that the media is lying about District 13, Katniss spends her days trying to decide what she should do next. She cannot leave the... (full context)
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...have gone by, and winter is almost over, when Flavius, Venia, and Octavia arrive at Katniss’s house. They explain that they’re here for her bridal photo-shoot. Katniss doesn’t tell them anything... (full context)
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The bridal photo-shoot commences, with Effie keeping a tight schedule. Katniss wears many different dresses and poses for hundreds of photographs. By the end of the... (full context)
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The next day, Katniss tells Haymitch about the possibility of an uprising in Districts 8 and 4, and suggests... (full context)
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Prim comes home from school and informs Katniss that her teachers mentioned that there would be a special television program that evening—Prim guesses... (full context)
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...the male and female tributes will be selected from surviving victors of the Hunger Games. Katniss realizes the truth: as the only female victor from District 12, she will undoubtedly be... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...that she will be forced to compete in the Hunger Games for a second time, Katniss runs out of her house in Victor’s Village. She never imagined that she’d have to... (full context)
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Katniss tries to calm herself. She walks to Haymitch’s house in Victor’s Village, where she’s unsurprised... (full context)
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Haymitch and Katniss drink together. Katniss accuses Haymitch of hating his life, and Haymitch agrees. He adds that... (full context)
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Katniss, drunk, returns to her house in Victor’s Village, where her family is waiting for her.... (full context)
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Katniss walks downstairs, where she finds Peeta and Haymitch waiting for her. Peeta announces that he’s... (full context)
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For the following days, Peeta, Katniss, and Haymitch prepare for the Hunger Games. They watch old footage of the victors, and... (full context)
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Gale, whose wounds have largely healed thanks to Katniss’s mother’s nursing, stops by Katniss’s house regularly to teach her how to build snares and... (full context)
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...the Games. The process is quick: the district assembles outside the Justice Building, Effie reads Katniss’s name, followed Haymitch’s, and Peeta volunteers to take Haymitch’s place. Afterwards, Peeta and Katniss are... (full context)
Chapter 14
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Katniss sits in the train, watching District 12 recede from view. Peeta, who is sitting next... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta eat dinner with Haymitch and Effie in the train. Effie mentions that she’ll... (full context)
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Katniss tries to sleep, but can’t stop thinking about her competitors in the upcoming Games. She... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta watch the tapes of previous Games together. In one clip, government officials in... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss watch as the Games in their clip draw to a close. Haymitch and Maysilee break... (full context)
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Katniss notes, admiringly, that Haymitch managed to win his second Games without actually murdering his final... (full context)
Chapter 15
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As Katniss prepares for her Games, she’s prepped and dressed by Flavius, Venia, and Octavia. All three... (full context)
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On the day of the Opening Ceremonies, Katniss goes to see Cinna and discuss her clothing. To her relief, Cinna isn’t tearful—he channels... (full context)
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Katniss leaves Cinna to attend to a few last-minute details, and she goes to the Remake... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta hold hands—they’re both terrified of the Games, and nervous for the Opening Ceremony,... (full context)
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The Opening Ceremony begins, and Peeta and Katniss rush to the chariot that will lead them around the massive City Circle in the... (full context)
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The chariot completes its cycle, and Peeta and Katniss return to the Training Center, where Cinna is waiting for them. Katniss notices that Haymitch... (full context)
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...competitors to elevators that take them to their rooms. Standing in the elevator with Peeta, Katniss notices Johanna Mason, a victor who won the Games by pretending to be weak and... (full context)
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Johanna walks off the elevator, still naked. Peeta, grinning, tells Katniss that the other competitors see Katniss as “pure” and incorruptible—thus, they’re all trying to seduce... (full context)
Chapter 16
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Katniss has just learned that her Avox (servant) is Darius. Avoxes have their tongues cut out,... (full context)
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Katniss goes to her room and considers, guiltily, the misery that she’s caused Darius. After a... (full context)
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The next morning, after a night of nightmares about the competition, Katniss eats breakfast. She and Peeta must be at the Training Center by 10 AM. Before... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss arrive at the Training Center. Most of the other tributes are late. As they arrive,... (full context)
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Katniss avoids Finnick and goes to a training station where tributes can learn to make fire.... (full context)
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...Beetee, for instance, has invented a music player no bigger than a piece of glitter. Katniss cautiously asks if District 3 has been having problems with Peacekeepers, and Beetee confirms that... (full context)
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The tributes eat together. Katniss is about to sit with Wiress and Beetee when she sees Peeta and a group... (full context)
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After lunch, Katniss tries to befriend other tributes, such as Cecilia, a mother of three, and Woof, and... (full context)
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...another “training session,” in which the tributes meet one another and show off their talents. Katniss shows her archery skills at an archery station in the Training Center. The other tributes... (full context)
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...appear before the Gamemakers, one by one, and show them their special “talent.” Peeta tells Katniss that he’s unsure what he should do—he wishes he could bake them a cake. Katniss... (full context)
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Katniss is the last tribute to appear before the Gamemakers, since she is the woman from... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...them look like they’re ready to faint. Plutarch Heavensbee tries to conceal his displeasure, but Katniss sees that he’s as shocked as any of the other Gamemakers. (full context)
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Katniss is dismissed from the Gamemakers’ room and sent to her room, as the other tributes... (full context)
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Katniss and Peeta retire to their room. Katniss suggests a disturbing possibility: Snow will make sure... (full context)
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The next morning, Katniss and Peeta wake up in each other’s arms. Peeta says that he wants to spend... (full context)
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The next day is the last day of festivities before the Games begin. Katniss spends much of the day being dressed and made up by her prep team. Venia,... (full context)
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...in the Training Center to be interviewed by Caesar Flickerman. Many of the tributes criticize Katniss’s dress, calling it ugly and heavy. Katniss shrugs off these criticisms, and focuses on the... (full context)
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When it is time for Katniss’s interview, Flickerman asks her how she’s feeling. In response, Katniss gives an answer about her... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Katniss has just displayed her dress, which Cinna has designed to resemble a mockingjay. Katniss explains... (full context)
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Katniss’s interview ends, and Peeta walks onto the stage to follow her. He and Flickerman banter... (full context)
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...Peeta’s interview is about to come to an end, he tells Flickerman that he and Katniss are expecting a child. At this news, the crowd explodes with shouting, applause, and boos.... (full context)
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Peeta walks to Katniss, tears in his eyes, and Katniss wonders if the tears are real or fake. Peeta... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss return to their room, where Haymitch is waiting for them. He explains that the Games... (full context)
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Peeta and Katniss go to bed together, not wanting to be apart. The next day, they separate, as... (full context)
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Just as Katniss is about to be sent into the arena and begin her Games, Peacemakers burst into... (full context)
Chapter 19
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Katniss is standing in the Hunger Games arena. The voice of Claudius Templesmith, the official announcer,... (full context)
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Slowly, Katniss takes in her surroundings. She is standing is a massive circular arena, with a small... (full context)
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A gong sounds, and almost without thinking, Katniss jumps into the water under the spokes and begins to swim toward the Cornucopia. Katniss... (full context)
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Finnick grins and tells Katniss that they’re allies. He shows her a gold bangle—the same bangle Haymitch was wearing the... (full context)
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Patrolling the pile of supplies, Katniss and Finnick find weapons, but no food. Katniss sees other tributes approaching the Cornucopia, and... (full context)
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Finnick dives into the water to fetch Peeta. Meanwhile, Katniss notices an old woman from District 4, Mags, and the group of four careers. Finnick... (full context)
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...the Cornucopia. As they walk away from it, into the island, the terrain becomes unfamiliar. Katniss realizes that they are entering a “jungle”—a kind of place utterly alien to Panem. (full context)
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As the group of four walks through the jungle, Katniss wonders if she shouldn’t just shoot Finnick immediately. It would be “despicable,” but she still... (full context)
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...trees. Peeta climbs the tree and tries to use his knife to probe the area. Katniss notices a “ripple” in the air, and recognizes that this is a force field of... (full context)
Chapter 20
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Peeta lies on the ground, unconscious, having just been electrocuted by a force field. Over Katniss’s protests, Finnick bends over Peeta, pinches his nostrils shut, and blows into his mouth. Slowly,... (full context)
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After Finnick blows into Peeta’s mouth, Peeta slowly regains consciousness. Katniss begins to laugh and cry with joy, and she realizes that now there’s no way... (full context)
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The group of four carries on exploring the jungle. Finnick questions how Katniss saw the force field. Knowing that everything they say is being recorded, Katniss lies and... (full context)
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Katniss takes the lead in the group, still under the pretext that she has superior hearing.... (full context)
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Katniss realizes that the force field that nearly killed Peeta is guarding the edge of the... (full context)
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Katniss climbs down and reports what she’s seen to Finnick, Mags, and Peeta. It occurs to... (full context)
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...group sets up camp. They eat more of the nuts that Mags tried earlier, and Katniss says that she’s going to try to hunt. As she walks into the jungle she... (full context)
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...finds a small metal rod. No one is sure what to do with it until Katniss remembers that she’s seen something like it before: it’s called a spile. It can be... (full context)
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The group finally falls asleep. The next morning, Katniss and Finnick awake to a loud tolling sound. There are 12 rings, which, they presume,... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Having discovered a dangerous fog, Katniss yells for Finnick, Mags, and Peeta to run away as fast as they can. The... (full context)
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...legs, and Mags is similarly unable to move. Finnick volunteers to carry Peeta, and tells Katniss to carry Mags, who’s only about 70 pounds. Together, they move toward the water around... (full context)
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Peeta, Katniss, and Finnick try to carry on, abandoning Mags’s body. Just when it seems that they’ll... (full context)
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Finnick slowly regains control of his muscles. Katniss notices that he looks weary, not only because of his running, but because he’s just... (full context)
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...with a member of the pack, and this leads the monkeys to attack the group. Katniss uses her arrows to kill as many monkeys as possible, while Peeta and Finnick use... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...and unexpectedly retreat, as if the Gamemakers are calling them away. Alone, Peeta, Finnick, and Katniss notice the tribute from District 6. The monkey’s bite has seriously injured her, and she’s... (full context)
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...spile to draw more water from it. It is almost dawn when they’ve finished drinking. Katniss and Peeta go to rest, trusting Finnick to guard them. Finnick makes nets and baskets,... (full context)
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Katniss realizes that she’s been scratching her skin in her sleep. She goes to wash in... (full context)
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Katniss does some math: they’ve been in the Games for about 24 hours. There are thirteen... (full context)
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Katniss, Finnick, and Peeta notice another group of three in the distance. They’re “in bad shape,”... (full context)
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...shock—she continuously mutters, “tick tock.” Johanna is brusque and harsh with Wiress, although she tells Katniss that she saved Wiress’s life “for Katniss”—Katniss has no idea what this means. Katniss doesn’t... (full context)
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Katniss tries to care for Beetee. She takes a clump of moss and soaks it with... (full context)
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Katniss sits on the beach with Wiress, who continues to mutter, “tick tock.” She thinks about... (full context)
Chapter 23
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Katniss has just realized that the arena is built like a clock. A new “horror” begins... (full context)
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...weapon. She says she can’t imagine Beetee using a wire at all. This is suspicious, Katniss thinks, since Beetee is known to have won his Games with a wire. Katniss accuses... (full context)
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Katniss thinks ahead. She’ll have to kill Johanna—indeed, she’ll probably enjoy it, given everything Johanna has... (full context)
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The group approaches the Cornucopia, where there are still a few weapons. Katniss gets more arrows, and notices Johanna picking up a heavy axe. She realizes that Johanna... (full context)
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...Wiress’s throat. Quickly, Johanna throws an axe into the chest of one Career, Cashmere, and Katniss kills the Career who killed Wiress, Gloss. Enobaria throws a knife into Finnick’s thigh. Finnick,... (full context)
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Finnick goes to retrieve Beetee from the water. As Beetee returns, Katniss notices that he’s carrying a spool of wire, which is gold and very fine. Beetee... (full context)
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The group ventures back into the jungle, noting that it’s “monkey hour.” Johanna tells Katniss and Finnick to find water. Peeta will make another map of the arena. Katniss wonders... (full context)
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Suddenly, Katniss hears a scream. She runs through the jungle in the direction of the noise. She... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Katniss cries for her sister, wondering, frantically, why she is in the arena. Then, she sees... (full context)
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As Katniss calms herself, she hears another cry, and watches as Finnick, his face alight with fear,... (full context)
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Katniss and Finnick turn to see Peeta, Beetee, and Johanna standing only a few feet away... (full context)
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The remainder of the hour passes, painfully slowly. When it’s over, Peeta tries to comfort Katniss, but she insists that somewhere, their loved ones are being tortured. Peeta speculates that the... (full context)
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The group moves on. Katniss asks Peeta about the woman Finnick heard, Annie. Peeta guesses that this must be Annie... (full context)
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...tomorrow. Johanna jokes that whoever is still alive at breakfast can have the rest, and Katniss laughs. (full context)
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...thinking that they’ll have twelve hours of safety. Everyone falls asleep except for Peeta and Katniss. Katniss notices that Finnick calls Annie’s name in his sleep. (full context)
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Peeta talks with Katniss about Haymitch and the inevitable end of the Games. Haymitch has promised both of them... (full context)
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Peeta leaves Katniss by herself, and Katniss thinks to herself that Peeta is the only person her age... (full context)
Chapter 25
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The next morning, Katniss wakes up, thinking of Peeta. Then, she realizes that she’ll probably be dead by the... (full context)
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Peeta tells Katniss that Beetee is constructing a trap for Brutus and Enobaria. Beetee reveals his plan to... (full context)
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The group walks toward the lightning zone. Finnick mentions that Katniss can hear force fields. Even though Beetee taught Katniss how to spot force fields, he... (full context)
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...feast of oysters and fish, and additionally, a parachute arrives carrying more pieces of bread. Katniss eats her meal, trying unsuccessfully to avoid thinking about her impending doom. (full context)
Chapter 26
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...falls, but there is no broadcast in the arena—no one new has died all day. Katniss senses that the audience and the Gamemakers are thirsty for blood. Beetee and Finnick go... (full context)
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Johanna and Katniss unwind the wire on the beach. Johanna hands Katniss the wire so that she can... (full context)
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When Katniss comes to, Johanna is sitting on top of her. Johanna stabs Katniss in the forearm... (full context)
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As she lies on the ground, Katniss thinks about Peeta, who is surely about to be killed by Finnick. Summoning her remaining... (full context)
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Katniss traces the loops of wire back to the tree in the lightning zone. There, she’s... (full context)
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Suddenly, Katniss hears Peeta’s voice, calling for her. Before she has time to register where Peeta is... (full context)
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Just as Katniss is about to shoot Enobaria, she remembers Haymitch’s words—“remember who the real enemy is.” It’s... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Katniss lies on the ground, having just shot at the force field near the edge of... (full context)
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As she lies on the ground, Katniss thinks back to President Snow’s announcement of the Quarter Quell. Snow claimed that the Quell... (full context)
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A hovercraft floats above Katniss. A mechanical arm extends from it and latches on to her, and she is too... (full context)
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Katniss wakes up, finding herself hooked up to complex machines. She sees Beetee, similarly hooked up,... (full context)
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Weakly, Katniss unplugs herself from her machines and staggers through the mysterious building where she’s being kept.... (full context)
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Haymitch tells Katniss that there has been a plan to break the victors out of the arena. Tributes... (full context)
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Haymitch continues to explain the details of his plan to Katniss. Neither Peeta nor Katniss was informed of the plan, because, if the plan backfired, they’d... (full context)
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Haymitch then tells Katniss that the Capitol has kidnapped Peeta, Johanna, and Enobaria. Katniss is furious at this news,... (full context)
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Gale enters the room and greets Katniss. One of his arms is in a sling, but he looks confident and brave. Gale... (full context)