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"Winning. It's not just having the arrows or outsmarting the Careers a few times, although those things help. Something happened when I was holding Rue's hand [...] Now I am determined to avenge her, to make her loss unforgettable, and I can only do that by winning and thereby making myself unforgettable" (242).
In this quote, Katniss equates survival and winning the Games to her ability to become "unforgettable;" Rue's cruel death has both inspired and challenged her to become a bolder player in the game. For Katniss, survival has become more than just hiding out and avoiding the Careers; she recognizes that truly to survive, she must play the Game to win.
"Gale and I were thrown together by a mutual need to survive. Peeta and I know the other's survival means our own death. How to you sidestep that?" (112)
This quote deals with Katniss' internal conflict over her feelings for Gale versus Peeta, but also brings in the aspect of survival as a commonality between the two. Survival in District 12 meant teamwork for Katniss and Gale, whereas in the Arena, Katniss feels like she must depend on herself for survival, making Peeta a definite conflict of interest.
Ummm, "Stay alive"?
Hey, that's what Haymitch says. :)
"Run and find water." Haymitch Albernaty
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