What is the most prominent part of the passage below from The Hunger Games that would be the best to analyze in a rhetorical analysis essay?
“Gale’s voice is in my head. His ravings against the Capitol no longer pointless, no longer to be ignored. Rue’s death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice the inflict upon us. But here, even more strongly than at home, I feel my impotence. There is no may to take revenge on the Capitol. Is there?
Then I remember Peeta's words on the roof. ‘Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I am more than just a piece of their Games.’ And for the first time, I understand what he means...
I spread out my fingers and the dark berries glisten in the sun. I give Pettas hand one lass squeeze as a signal, as a goodbye and we begin counding. ‘One.’ Maybe I’m wrong. ‘Two.’ Maybe they don’t care if we both die. ‘Three.’ It’s too late to change my mind. I lift my hand to mouth, taking one last look at the world. The berries have just past my lips when the trumpets begin to blare” (Collins 236).
I was considering analyzing the change in mood, the repetition of the phrases no longer and maybe to express doubt, and the parallel of star-crossed lovers to Romeo and Juliet. Can anyone add and or criticize my ideas?
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What is key to focus on in this passage is the way in which it presents us with an internal monologue of Katniss at a key and vital moment in the text, just after Peeta and Katniss have apparently triumphed, only to be told that they have to kill one another to finally win. The internal monologue in this passage picks up a number of different threads in the book as a whole, particularly in relation to the power that one person can have to resist a totalitarian power that seems to disempower individuals and be so strong that nobody can stand up against it.
In particular, you want to focus on Peeta's comment about not being "just a piece of their games." Instead of being pawns that are meant to kill each other for the entertainment of the Capitol, Katniss deliberately uses her own life and the life of Peeta as a risky gambit to show the Capitol that they are not just pawns, and that even powerless individuals trapped in an arena where everything is against them can have power to shake the foundations of a tyrannical regime such as the Capitol. The passage traces the feelings of desperation that Katniss experiences and the way that she moves slowly towards a sense of hope as she thinks of this way that she can definitely resist the Capitol in their most powerless moment.
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