The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Strength and Skill Quotes in The Hunger Games
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
Suddenly I am furious, that with my life on the line, they don't even have the decency to pay attention to me. That I'm being upstaged by a dead pig. My heart starts to pound, I can feel my face burning. Without thinking, I pull an arrow from my quiver and send it straight at the Gamemakers' table. I hear shouts of alarm as people stumble back. The arrow skewers the apple in the pig's mouth and pins it to the wall behind it. Everyone stares at me in disbelief. (7.96)
Katniss loses her temper during her private training session with the Gamemakers. She shoots an arrow straight the apple in the pig's mouth. What is Katniss's real strength? Is it her bow and arrow or her spirit of defiance?
Effie Trinket lets out a squeal, and everybody is slapping me on the back and cheering and congratulating me. But it doesn't seem real.
"There must be a mistake. How…how could that happen?" I ask Haymitch.
"Guess they liked your temper," he says. "They've got a show to put on. They need some players with some heat."
"Katniss, the girl who was on fire," says Cinna and gives me a hug. (8.36-40)
Katniss receives the highest rating of all of the tributes. Why did she rank so high?
The weapons give me an entirely new perspective on the Games. I know I have tough opponents left to face. But I am no longer merely prey that runs and hides or takes desperate measures. If Cato broke through the trees right now, I wouldn't flee, I'd shoot. I find I'm actually anticipating the moment with pleasure. (15.6)
With her weapons on her back, Katniss is nearly unstoppable. She's playing offense now instead of defense. But can she win with this skill alone?