Explain some important quotes in the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

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"You're all they're talking about.  The star-crossed lovers from District Twelve!" (135)

Haymitch knows that Katniss and Peeta have more of an advantage in the Games together, than apart.  Collins alludes to Romeo and Juliet, comparing Peeta and Katniss to the more famous pair of lovers doomed to tragedy.  Although she's not aware of Shakespeare's play, Katniss reflects on the challenge of playing an ill-fated lover throughout the rest of the novel. 

"I don't want them to change me in there.  Turn me into some kind of monster that I'm not" (141).

Peeta says this to Katniss on the eve of the games.  This quote represents the theme of choice throughout the novel, reinforcing the idea that the characters are thrown into horrible circumstances like the Games, but their personal choices in how they react define their humanity.

"Destroying things is much easier than making them."

Katniss says this to Rue about destroying the Careers' food stash, but the quote is emblematic for the entire novel. The Capitol's casual use of violence is a prominent theme throughout The Hunger Games, and Katniss knows she must play along in order to survive the Games.  She unwillingly accepts her situation and the imperative for violence, but uses it to her advantage.

 

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