The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins
Versions of Reality Quotes in The Hunger Games
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Chapter.Paragraph)
“Do this!” I command myself. Clenching my jaw, I dig my hands under Glimmer’s body, get a hold on what must be her rib cage, and force her onto her stomach. I can’t help it, I’m hyperventilating now, the whole thing is so nightmarish and I’m losing my grip on what’s real. (14.26)
The tracker jacker attack leaves Katniss full of venom, and she starts hallucinating. Katniss has literally lost sense of reality here from the venom. How else has she lost track of what is real?
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)
Romance stories are powerful things – especially on television. Even though Katniss isn’t really in love with Peeta, she realizes the power the story must have. Still, can Peeta and Katniss control the Games just by playing up their so-called romance?
For a moment, I’m almost foolishly happy and then confusion sweeps over me. Because we’re supposed to be making up this stuff, playing at being in love, not actually being in love. But Peeta’s story has a ring of truth to it. That part about my father and the birds. And I did sing the first day of school, although I don’t remember the son. And that red plaid dress…there was one, a hand-me-down to Prim that got washed to rags after my father’s death.
It would explain another thing too. Why Peeta took a beating to give me the bread on that awful hollow day. So, if those details are true…could it all be true? (22.95-96)
OK, so it looks like Peeta really does have feelings for Katniss. He wasn’t just pretending. But what about her? Does Katniss have any feelings for Peeta? With all the acting she’s been doing, how could she even tell?