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Quote #1

"Prim, let go," I say harshly, because this is upsetting me and I don't want to cry. When they televise the replay of the reapings tonight, everyone will make note of my tears, and I'll be marked as an easy target. A weakling. I will give no one that satisfaction. (2.11)

With the cameras are trained on her every motion, Katniss must mask her feelings and project a façade of cool, calm, and collectedness.

Quote #2

Peeta Mellark, on the other hand, has obviously been crying and interestingly enough does not seem to be trying to cover it up. I immediately wonder if this will be his strategy in the Games. To appear weak and frightened, to reassure the other tributes that he is no competition at all, and then come out fighting. (3.47)

What is real and what is not real? Already Katniss is beginning to question the motives of those around her: in this instance, Peeta. Could his emotional response be simply a strategy?

Quote #3

I put the green outfit back on since it's not really dirty, just slightly crumpled from spending the night on the floor. My fingers trace the circle around the little gold mockingjay and I think of the woods, and of my father, and of my mother and Prim waking up, having to get on with things. I slept in the elaborate braided hair my mother did for that reaping and it doesn't look too bad, so I just leave it up. It doesn't matter. We can't be far from the Capitol now. And once we reach the city, my stylist will dictate my look for the opening ceremonies tonight anyway. I just hope I get one who doesn't think nudity is the last word in fashion. (4.32)

Katniss enters the Games with symbols of her district: her braided hair and the mockingjay pin. How will her looks be changed by the stylists in the Capitol?

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