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)
“Why don’t they just kill him?” I ask Peeta.
“You know why,” he says, and pulls me closer to him.
And I do. No viewer could turn away from the show now. From the Gamemakers’ point of view, this is the final word in entertainment. (25.42-44)
Peeta and Katniss listen to the agony of the dying Cato. They long for his suffering to end, but for the Gamemakers and the audience at the Capitol, death is just something for sport.
Caesar Flickerman makes a few more jokes, and it’s time for the show. This will last exactly three hours and is required viewing for all of Panem. As the lights dim and the seal appears on the screen, I realize I’m unprepared for this. I do not want to watch my twenty-two fellow tributes die. I saw enough of them die the first time. (27.4)
During the post-Games reunion show, Katniss is forced to watch an edited version of the Hunger Games with the audience at home. How is this experience different from living the Games? How does it make her feel?