How does Katniss change her behavior after being chosen at the reaping in The Hunger Games due to the cameras?

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Katniss censors her behavior at the reaping in front of the cameras, because she realizes that all of the capitol and every district will be watching this moment.  She must not appear fragile, weak, or overly emotional because to do so could make her an easy target in the arena.  Much of the preparation of the Hunger Games is about cultivating the image of the tribute, and Katniss is wise enough to realize that it begins from the moment that the tribute has been chosen.  During her goodbyes, she reminds herself that "crying is not an option" because there will be more cameras at the train station (34).  She must maintain a carefully crafted facade of strength in order to improve her chances at the Games. 

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