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Quote #7

I look up into those blue eyes that no amount of dramatic makeup can make truly deadly and remember how, just a year ago, I was prepared to kill him. Convinced he was trying to kill me. Now everything is reversed. I'm determined to keep him alive, knowing the cost will be my own life, but the part of me that is not so brave as I could wish is glad that it's Peeta, not Haymitch, beside me. (16.53)

Katniss can't be full of courage all the time. Occasionally she breaks down and feels like she's "not so brave." In this moment she needs Peeta beside her. Even though he's been one of her worst enemies, he's also become one of her best friends. He's one of the few people who can understand what's happened to her, and they have a bond that goes far beyond ordinary friendship or dating. They are constantly in danger, and they constantly turn to one another for comfort and protection.

Quote #8

"And what exactly were you trying to accomplish?" Haymitch asks in a very measured voice.

"I'm not sure. I just wanted to hold them accountable, if only for a moment," says Peeta. "For killing that little girl." (17.18-19)

Here Peeta demonstrates great courage simply by painting a picture of a little girl who died. Doesn't sound like a great act of bravery, does it? But standing up for other people and taking ownership of your voice is one of the most dangerous things you can do in Panem.

Quote #9

Caesar gestures for Cinna to rise. He does, and makes a small, gracious bow. And suddenly I am so afraid for him. What has he done? Something terribly dangerous. An act of rebellion in itself. And he's done it for me. (18.4)

Cinna never goes into the arena, but here he shows that he's just as brave as any of the tributes. By designing a wedding dress for Katniss that turns into a symbol of the rebellion, Cinna has signed his own death warrant. He had plenty of chances to back out, but he didn't hesitate to support Katniss and the rebellion.

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