The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Sacrifice Quotes in The Hunger Games
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do that there is a part of every tribute they can't own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I.
A few steps into the woods grows a bank of wildflowers. Perhaps they are really weeds of some sort, but they have blossoms in beautiful shades of violet and yellow and white. I gather up an armful and come back to Rue's side. Slowly, one stem at a time. I decorate her body in the flowers. Covering the ugly wound. Wreathing her face. Weaving her hair with bright colors. (18.38-39)
Is Rue just another casualty of the game for the entertainment of the audience at home? No. Katniss places flowers on her dead body, which reminds us that Rue's death is a great sacrifice. Katniss acknowledges her as a human being.
I open the parachute and find a small loaf of bread. It's not the fine white Capitol stuff. It's made of dark ration grain and shaped in a crescent. Sprinkled with seeds. I flash back to Peeta's lesson on the various district breads in the Training Center. This bread came from District 11. I cautiously lift the still warm loaf. What must it have cost the people of District 11 who can't even feed themselves? How many would've had to do without to scrape up a coin to put in the collection for this one loaf? (18.48)
District 11 acknowledges Katniss's gesture with a sacrifice of their own: a loaf of bread. What does the bread symbolize?
One of the goats, a white one with black patches, was lying down in a cart. It was easy to see why. Something, probably a dog, had mauled her shoulder and infection had set in. It was bad, the Goat Man had to hold her up to milk her. But I thought I knew someone who could fix it. (20.49)
Goats are often a symbol of sacrifice and indeed the Goat Man was going to send this one to the butcher. Instead, Katniss buys the goat and brings to her sister Prim. Sacrifice no more! Who likens themselves to the goat in this chapter? Why?