The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Politics Quotes in The Hunger Games
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
It's interesting, hearing about her life. We have so little communication with anyone outside our district. In fact, I wonder if the Gamemakers are blocking out our conversation, because even though the information seems harmless, they don't want people in different districts to know about one another. (15.46)
The Gamemakers control the information each District has about the other. How does this help the government?
Gale's voice is in my head. His ravings against the Capitol no longer pointless, no longer to be ignored. Rue's death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict upon us. But here, even more strongly than at home, I feel my impotence. There's no way to take revenge on the Capitol. Is there?
Then I remember Peeta's words on the roof. "Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to …to show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games." And for the first time, I understand what he means. (18.36-37)
Both Gale and Peeta have voiced their frustrations about the government, and here Katniss finally gets where they're coming from. How does she decide to take revenge on the Capitol?
So I still have a chance, though. Funny, in the arena, when I poured out those berries, I was only thinking of outsmarting the Gamemakers, not how my actions would reflect on the Capitol. But the Hunger Games are their weapon and you are not supposed to be able to defeat it. So now the Capitol will act as if they've been in control the whole time. As if they orchestrated the whole event, right down to the double suicide. But that will only work if I play along with them. (26.65)
The Hunger Games are all about the power of the Capitol, so they've got to appear to be in control. How does Katniss and Peeta's double suicide stunt undermine their authority?