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One dominant theme that emerges in Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the theme of control. The totalitarian regime of Panem and President Snow control and dictate much of their citizens' existence and daily life. For Katniss Everdeen, President Snow insists that she maintain her charade of being in love with Peeta to prevent revolutionary uprisings in the other districts. The impact of the Capitol's demand strikes Katniss as taking control over her life:
"I will never be allowed to live alone. I will have to be forever in love with Peeta. The Capitol will insist on it" (44).
The more Katniss attempts to circumvent the control of the Capitol, the tighter the government restricts her actions, culminating, of course, in her return to the Quarter Quell of the Hunger Games.
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