In Catching Fire, what would be considered five important timeline events from the beginining of the book to the end?  

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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Collins uses her novel Catching Fire to develop the theme of rebellion and resistance.  Here are five important time line events from Catching Fire that contribute to the theme of rebellion:

1. Katniss' meeting with President Snow-- The President pays Katniss a visit at her new home and makes threatens Katniss to behave convincingly on her Victory Tour.  She was allowed to live because the Capitol viewed her act with the berries as an act of love for Peeta and not one of rebellion.  According to President Snow, Katniss must behave convincingly to affirm her romance with Peeta or Gale's life will be in jeopardy.


2. Katniss' Victory Tour--  The people of District Three salute Katniss after she thanks them for their assistance during the Games and honors Rue's family.  When an elderly man whistles Rue's song from the crowd, Katniss and Peeta are rushed from the stage but see that the old man is executed for his rebellious actions.

3. Katniss meets the escapees from District 8-- This moment in the novel is vital, because Collins uses Bonnie and Twill to reveal that District 13 may not have been destroyed after all.  The event underscores Collins' theme of revolution in Mockingjay while providing hopeful details about a possible powerful ally against the Capitol.

4. Katniss forms alliances in the Quarter Quell-- Instructed by Haymitch to create allies to help her in the 75th games, Katniss chooses to ally herself with Wiress and Beetee, but as the Games get underway, Finnick reveals to Katniss that Haymitch has made an alliance on her behalf with him.  These alliances not only help save Katniss' and Peeta's lives in the arena, but lay the foundation for the tribute's final act of rebellion and escape.

5. Katniss blows up the forcefield in the arena-- Katniss uses Beetee's wire to create a link between the lightning tree and the force field.  When the tree is struck, the charge blows out the force field and Katniss, plus the other surviving tributes minus Peeta and Johanna, are rescued by the Head Gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee, Haymitch, and Gale.

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