Why does Katniss need to make her face “an indifferent mask” and be careful what she says in public in The Hunger Games?

In The Hunger Games, Katniss makes her expression "an indifferent mask" so that she and her sister, Prim, will not be punished by the authoritarian Capitol for voicing dissent.

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In The Hunger Games , Katniss adopts an "indifferent mask" as a survival tool to maintain her safety. Katniss lives in District 12 in the country of Panem, which is controlled by the Capitol. The districts once rebelled against the Capitol, and as a result, the Capitol instituted the eponymous...

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In The Hunger Games, Katniss adopts an "indifferent mask" as a survival tool to maintain her safety. Katniss lives in District 12 in the country of Panem, which is controlled by the Capitol. The districts once rebelled against the Capitol, and as a result, the Capitol instituted the eponymous Hunger Games. Each district must select a young male and female tribute to participate in a fight to the death. The districts are closely monitored and controlled, and the games serve as a reminder to the districts that they are at the mercy of the Capitol. Although the Capitol is far away from District 12, there is danger in using negative speech or otherwise breaking the rules. Any signs of discontent or rebellion can be dangerous.

When Katniss was younger, she would not express her opinions regarding the Capitol and its rules for controlling the surrounding districts. In an effort to protect her younger sister, Prim, Katniss learns to control her expressions and monitor her comments out of a fear that Prim might repeat her words and place herself in danger. The "indifferent mask" thus serves as protection. Katniss notes that she can be herself and express her opinions when she is with Gale in the woods.

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