The Hunger Games
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“I volunteer!” I gasp. “I volunteer as tribute!”
The boy took one look back to the bakery as if checking that the coast was clear, then, his attention back on the pig, he threw a loaf of bread in my direction. The second quickly followed, and he sloshed back to the bakery, closing the kitchen door tightly behind him.
“I want the audience to recognize you when you’re in the arena," says Cinna dreamily. “Katniss, the girl who was on fire.”
During chapter 2, just after Prim has been selected in the reaping, Katniss volunteers to serve as the female tribute for District 12 in the Hunger Games. This event sets the rest of the plot in motion, and for the remainder of the book Katniss is seen struggling to survive the Games. This is unheard of for a volunteer in a poor district, so Katniss's gesture earns her respect because it is very rare for a poor district to ever win the Hunger Games.
In District 12, we call them the Career Tributes, or just the Careers. And like always, the winner will be one of them.
Katniss credits Peeta’s actions with saving her life at the time and helping her realize that she would have to act as the provider for her family, now that her father is dead. When Peeta gave Katniss the bread, Katniss and her family were basically starving. This event essentially lays the groundwork for the relationship between Peeta and Katniss during the Hunger Games since Peeta is the male tribute. This event shows how Peeta will do anything to protect Katniss.
Peeta blushes beet red and stammers out. “Because…because…she came here with me.”
Cinna says these words to Katniss as gets her ready for the opening ceremony of the Hunger Games. The quote is significant because it points to the main theme of the book; importance of beauty. Through this caring action, Cinna is able to create the most notable tribute during the Hunger Games, which in turn ultimately saves Katniss and Peeta's lives in the arena through donations from Katniss's many fans.
And right now, the most dangerous part of the Hunger Games is about to begin.
Katniss explains what a Career Tribute is when the tributes gather together for their first day of training. Career Tributes are those tributes from the wealthier districts (Districts 1, 2, 4) who have trained their whole lives to take part in the Hunger Games. The quote highlights the inequality between rich and poor in Panem, a major theme of the novel. This is shown how the poor can barely afford food, while the rich train to fight in the Hunger Games to bring honor back to their families.
Peeta reveals to Caesar and Panem that he’s in love with Katniss. Peeta’s revelation sets in motion the main storyline of him and Katniss as ill-fated lovers. This storyline is a significant influence on the Hunger Games and on Peeta’s and Katniss’s survival. Peeta’s revelation of his love for Katniss is one of the major themes in the book for Katniss; internal conflict, as Katniss cannot discern whether Peeta truly loves her or it is a strategy to win the games.
Katniss says these words after Haymitch tells her the Capitol is extremely angry at her stunt with the berries in the Hunger Games. The Capitol feels that Katniss made them look weak by forcing them to allow her and Peeta to both be winners after she and Peeta threatened suicide. Now that Katniss is at risk again, she must play up the appearance that she couldn't bear living without Peeta. The quote again underscores how important appearances are in the novel.
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