Download Catching Fire Study Guide

Subscribe Now

Chapter 3 Summary

After President Snow leaves, Katniss considers her options. Gale’s life and the lives of her mother and sister are at stake if Katniss cannot convince Panem and its president that her love for Peeta is true. Although Katniss finds herself in a difficult position, she has few people upon whom she can rely. She will not ask Peeta to pretend to love her so she can save Gale. She will not tell Gale or her mother, nor can she tell her friend Cinna, who already does so much on her behalf. So she decides to tell Haymitch.

Although Haymitch is drunk more often than he is sober, he is crafty. He understands the publicity of the Hunger Games and the politics of Panem. Haymitch may not look very impressive now, but like Katniss, he is a victor. In fact, Haymitch won the previous Quarter Quell (the 50th annual Hunger Games), and though Katniss has never seen a taping of his performance, she knows that Haymitch defeated twice as many contestants as other victors because the Quarter Quell games involved twice the participants. Unfortunately, Katniss will have to wait to ask her former mentor for advice.

Katniss’s time is now primarily occupied with preparations for the Victory Tour. Once again, Katniss endures the effervescent cheer of Effie Trinket, her public relations liaison. She also endures her stylists, Octavia, Flavius, and Venia. The superficial group frets over Katniss’s hair and fingernails while Octavia shares stories about how a party failed because she asked everyone to wear feathers.

Katniss’s favorite stylist is Cinna, a fashion designer. All victors are supposed to develop a talent during their spare time. Peeta has taken up painting, but Katniss’s hunting is inappropriate, so she feigns and interest in...

(The entire section is 457 words.)