But their strongest tool to promote disunion and to discourage rebellion is the Hunger Games: a yearly event where two tributes from each district are pitted against each other for the country to watch on television. They clean her up and remove her body hair. This is to remind the country not to rebel — and for entertainment, of course. She has the crowd eating out of her hands by the time shes done. Once they are a team it is easier for both of them to get gifts from their sponsors because they pretend to be in love.
She is particularly stern with her mother, demanding that the latter not fall back into the self-pity that had paralyzed her after her husband's death. Once the Gamemakers dry up their water supplies, they prepare themselves and head out to face , the only other surviving tribute. He gives her a bag with cookies, after which they sit in silence for a while. In a world of limited resources, the despotic government run by the Capitol keeps its citizens in line by separating them into Districts and reinforcing severe class separations. She will battle with this as the adventure continues. The next morning Katniss hunts and gets a rabbit.
During the Opening Ceremonies, Katniss becomes known as the girl who was on fire, thanks to Cinna's costume. Peeta also announces in an interview that he has a mega crush on Katniss. Katniss is last to go, and it doesn't go as well as expected. As the prep team finishes with her, Katniss waits for her stylist to come. The girl, who is an Avox, a person who has had their tongue cut out for committing a crime, is known to Katniss, and causes her distress. She remembers again her early days of learning to hunt and provide for her family. Then an enouncer says theres been a rule change, that two people from one district can win.
By this point, they have arrived at the Capitol, a strange and technologically advanced city where the people have bizarre styles of fashion. Peeta actually seemed like he was going to deceive Katniss by joining the Careers, but he had a change of heart that may mean that Peeta wants Katniss to win. Even when her family visits her, Katniss refuses to let herself give in to emotion, instead lashing out a bit harshly at her mother, demanding the latter protect the family and not lapse back into the self-pity Katniss so disdains. Her passionate descriptions of the food she eats — all so luxurious for so poor a girl — begin in these chapters and will continue throughout. She uses the small bow and arrow that her father had made for her, Katniss kills a rabbit on her first day and the family has meat for the first time in months. Chapter 19- After she beets her self up for yelling his name, she sets out to find Peeta. Rue is up a nearby tree and suggests she defeat the Careers by dropping a wasp nest on them.
She decides that she will have nothing more to do with Peeta and tosses his father's cookies out the train's window, but when she does this, she sees more dandelions and recalls Peeta's bruised face from years ago and how those dandelions gave her, her mother, and hope. After watching their own reaping repeated, Effie reminds the children that Haymitch's sobriety is of value to him, since, as their district sponsor, he is responsible for lining up sponsors who can pay to have gifts sent to them during the games, an important boon towards survival. Peeta helps to clean up Haymitch; which confuses Katniss as she finally starts to wonder if Peeta is simply being kind. She does her best to help him recover, but it isn't until Haymitch sends her a gift following a kiss she shares with him that she understands that playing up the romance angle could pay off. Chapter 20- Most of this chapter is taken up by Katniss telling Peeta the story of how she got Prims goat. After the prep team is done with her, Katniss meats her stylist and discuses her outfit. Katniss, who has had some wine, says she knows one of them, a girl with red hair, then realizes this person is associated with a bad memory.
Katniss runs up next and gets a knife thrown at her. When they were younger Katniss' father died,and he mother was to shocked to do anything. Her train compartment is yet another step up in luxury for her, with nice clothing and a hot shower easily accessible. With the food and the hope, Katniss's mother begins to come out of her depression. Each tribute is dressed to represent the main industry of their district, since coal is the mainstay of District 12, Katniss expects to wear some sort of mining uniform. Though bred to memorize and repeat human speech so as to act as spies , the mutated birds proved ineffective and were let out to the wild, where they mated with common mockingbirds and maintained the ability to replicate human melodies.
One day, late that summer, Katniss was washing up in a pond when she noticed the plants growing around her. The Gamemakers are tiered of watching all the contestants, and most of them are drunk. The choice to rationally lecture her mother rather than emotionally comfort her will be one Katniss later questions. Katniss and Rue form an alliance and make a plan to destroy the supplies that are keeping the Careers powerful. They suround her and try to get her out of the tree, but their to heavy the branches break. Peeta and Katniss agree not to interfere with his drinking and Haymitch agrees that he will stay sober enough to advise them properly but they must do exactly as he says.
Katniss reminds herself not to like Peeta, because she knows it is part of his plan. Katniss realizes Peeta can lie easily, after witnessing him lying for her to the others. After him it's the Mayor's daughter, Madge, she gives Katniss her pin and asks that she wear it. Chapter 17- Katniss is blown in to the brush and the explosion takes out the hearing in one of her ears. Throughout these chapters, she exhibits a great command over her emotions. The back of her jacket gets burned.
Gale steps forward to pull Prim away. Thats when Katniss leaves to go meet Rue at the spot they picked out. They go along with their usual routine, hunting, gathering, and setting and checking traps. They spend days growing closer in a cave, but Katniss lacks the skill to cure Peeta's wound. The idea of an unconditional kindness is not only hard for her to comprehend, but she also feels that to think in such broad emotional terms about Peeta could prove a liability. Katniss tries to imagine how long it would take her to prepare a similar meal at home and concludes that it would take days of hunting and trading, only to create a poor substitution of the dish before her.
Chapter15- After She wakes from venom enduced halutionations, Katniss finds an allie, Little Rue from district 11. They fight in an arena designed by the Gamemakers, and the whole event is for people's entertainment. Although her mother came around, Katniss never fully forgave her or trusted her again as she felt that she abandoned them. Katniss has been responsible for feeding her family ever since her father died when she was eleven. They finally go back to the lake to satisfy the Gamemakers' need for a showdown, but are horrified and surprised at the vicious genetically altered mutations that represent the dead tributes. Chapter 21- Katniss heads to the Cornicopia.