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Catching Fire

Catching Fire

by Suzanne Collins

Courage Quotes Page 1

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Quote #1

Peeta keeps all of us in fresh baked goods. I hunt. He bakes. Haymitch drinks. We have our own ways to stay busy, to keep thoughts of our time as contestants in the Hunger Games at bay. (1.55)

There are many kinds of courage. It takes one kind to be a competitor in the arena and fight for your life. It takes another to be a mentor for the competitors, win sponsors for them, and try to keep them alive. And it takes yet another kind of courage to deal with the aftermath, to make peace with the memories and the experience and move on. In their "own ways," Katniss, Haymitch, and Peeta all have to keep the experience they went through at a distance, so that they can go on living.

Quote #2

I can't let President Snow condemn me to this. Even if it means taking my own life. Before that, though, I'd try to run away. What would they do if I simply vanished? Disappeared into the woods and never came out? Could I even manage to take everyone I love with me, start a new life deep in the wild? Highly unlikely but not impossible. (4.4)

No matter how bad it gets, Katniss won't let someone else have the last word. She's determined to escape somehow. She'd even face death if she could do so on her own terms. Katniss simply refuses to give up; if something's "not impossible," she'll take a shot at it.

Quote #3

"Safe to do what?" he says in a gentler tone. "Starve? Work like slaves? Send their kids to the reaping? You haven't hurt people – you've given them an opportunity. They just have to be brave enough to take it. There's already been talk in the mines. People who want to fight. Don't you see? It's happening! It's finally happening! " (7.74)

Gale tries to tell Katniss that any impending uprising isn't her fault – people have been waiting for "an opportunity" to strike back at the Capitol. This would have happened sooner or later; Katniss has just sped things along. The real question is whether the masses are "brave enough" to act when they have the chance.

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