How does the fact that the tributes are always on camera affect their behavior from the time they are chosen? How do the tributes respond to the government's manipulation and attempts to make the games more exciting for the gamblers and viewers?
Please provide textual evidence in the novel, NOT THE MOVIE. I would appreciate it if you tell me the page number. Thank you
Several times Katniss gets upset or alters her behavior because of the camera and the way she thinks she will be recieved. The first example that comes to mind is her trying to look strong and stalwart because she knows she is being filmed at the reaping. She doesn't want to appear to be an emotional/ easy target. Another instance was when Peeta proclaimed his crush on her during the television show. She is furious that he made her look stupid in front of the camera.
The tributes in the Hunger Games act differently when they are being watched than when they are alone. They basically become actors, and have to cultivate a public persona. Peeta does this when he tells everyone he loves Katniss, and Katniss plays along even though she's not sure how she feels about him. Peeta resents the government's intervention and wants to be able to control his own life.
Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to…to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games. (p. 142)
Haymitch encourages Katniss to play along and pretend to love Peeta, and she begins to make choices based on what it will look like on the screen. People want to see drama and romance, so she gives it to them.
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Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games. New York: Scholastic, 2008. Print.