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Katniss introduces the idea of the rebellion as the mayor reads the history of Panem from the podium during the Reaping ceremony, and although he mentions the Dark Days, Katniss does not give additional background for the cause of the rebellion in this scene. Although Katniss does not give specifics, the reader can infer that the most likely reason for the Districts' rebellion was the oppressive control of the government of Panem. Through Katniss' perspective, the reader sees a society in District 12 on the verge of starvation and deprivation, whereas the citizens of the Capitol live lives of conspicuous consumption. The Districts' attempt to overthrow the hated Capitol proved unsuccessful, however, and Panem's retribution after ending the rebellion was both cruel and merciless, imposing the Hunger Games as a dark reminder to the districts to never rebel again.
The people that lived in Panem were very tense about the Hunger Games. The Hunger Games were initially created to remind the people of Panem that the Capitol was in control and that they were defenseless against whatever they do to them.
That the officials in the Capitol could snatch your children out of home, make them suffer horribly right before your eyes, and you can do nothing about it.
But when Katniss pulled out the berries it showed the people of Panem that they could do something. That they could defeat the Capitol and break free of their arbitrary rules and finally live a life without the fear of having their children suffer.
that is the purpose of the rebellion in the Hunger Games
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