The Hunger Games
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A few hours later, I am dressed in what will either be the most sensational or the deadliest costume in the opening ceremonies. I'm in a simple black unitard that covers me from ankle to neck. Shiny leather boots lace up to my knees. But it's the fluttering cape made of streams of orange, yellow, and red and the matching headpiece that define this costume. Cinna plans to light them on fire just before our chariot rolls into the streets. (5.38)
Cinna puts together a fabulous costume for the opening ceremonies – it was a flaming headpiece! How does the crowd react? Why is it so important for Katniss to create such a sensation?
"I'm trying to figure out what to do with you," he says. "How we're going to present you. Are you going to be charming? Aloof? Fierce? So far, you're shining like a star. You volunteered to save your sister. Cinna made you look unforgettable. You've got the top training score. People are intrigued, but no one knows who you are. The impression you make tomorrow will decide exactly what I can get you in terms of sponsors," says Haymitch. (9.14)
Haymitch is someone who realizes the importance of a public persona. As he coaches Katniss for her interview, though, he can't decide how to market her to the public. What would you tell Katniss?
"He made you look desirable! And let's face it, you can use all the help you can get in that department. You were about as romantic as dirt until he said he wanted you. Now they all do. You're all they're talking about. The star-crossed lovers from District Twelve!" says Haymitch. (10.22)
Peeta confessed his crush on Katniss during his interview. Why is it so beneficial for Katniss to appear to be desired?