What literary devices are present in Chapters 1-5 of The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins?

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Flashback is used in chapter 2 as Katniss recalls the time Peeta gave her bread, which was enough to keep her from starvation:

I stared at the loaves in disbelief. They were fine, perfect really, except for the burned areas. Did he mean for me to have them? He must have. Because there they were at my feet. Before anyone could witness what had happened I shoved the loaves up under my shirt...

This moment will become pivotal in defining the future of Katniss's relationship with Peeta, so this flashback is of great importance in Peeta's characterization.

Collins also uses vivid imagery to develop both the characters and the setting. Consider the careful way Gale is described when he shows up to bid Katniss farewell before she is taken away:

Finally, Gale is here and maybe there is nothing romantic between us, but when he opens his arms I don't hesitate to go into them. His body is familiar to me—the way it moves, the smell of wood smoke, even the sound of his heart beating I know from quiet...

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