| Quote #7
The star-crossed lovers…Peeta must have been playing that angle all along. Why else would the Gamemakers have made this unprecedented change in the rules? For two tributes to have a shot at winning, our "romance" must be so popular with the audience that condemning it would jeopardize the success of the Games. No thanks to me. All I've done is managed not to kill Peeta. But whatever he's done in the arena, he must have the audience convinced it was to keep me alive. (19.3)
Peeta and Katniss take on the parts of tragic lovers in order to gain favor with the audience. At least, that's what Katniss thinks. We know that Peeta really does love Katniss. But why does he make his crush public? Is he looking out for himself or for Katniss?
| Quote #8
I startle when I catch someone staring at me from only a few inches away and then realize it's my own face reflecting back in the glass. Wild eyes, hollow cheeks, my hair in a tangled mat. Rabid. Feral. Mad. No wonder everyone is keeping a safe distance from me. (25.11)
As the Games conclude, Katniss looks like a wild animal. But has she managed to hang on to her humanity?
| Quote #9
When I manage to pull my eyes away from the flickering fabric, I'm in for something of a shock. My hair's loose, held back by a simple hairband. The makeup rounds and fills out the sharp angels of my face. A clear polish coats my nails. The sleeveless dress is gathered at my ribs, not my waist, largely eliminating any help the padding would have given m figure. The hem falls just to my knees. Without heels, you can see my true stature. I look, very simply, like a girl. A young one. Fourteen at the most. Innocent. Harmless. Yes, it is shocking that Cinna has pulled this off when you remember I've just won the Games. (26.44)
Cinna has purposely dressed Katniss as a simple young girl for her final televised interview. Why might he need to make her look innocent in front of the cameras?