What quotes in The Hunger Games demonstrate motifs?

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The Hunger Games contains several important motifs that help define the plot and the characters. These include survival, reality versus falsehood, fire, and defiance. Let's look at some quotations that illustrate each of these.

Katniss and Peeta are literally in a fight for their lives. Only one of the “tributes” will survive the Hunger Games. The motif of survival is illustrated by quotes like the ironic “You don't forget the face of a person who was your last hope.” Katniss also says that “Rue's death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict upon us.” Yet she feels powerless.

During the Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta pretend to be in love in order to drum up support. Yet the act quickly meshes with a reality. When Peeta says to Katniss, “So now that you've got me, what are you going to do with me?” she responds, “Put you somewhere you can't get hurt.” Their act of love has become actual love. Their lie has become true.

Fire is another motif in this novel. Katniss is “the girl who was on fire” because of her dress, but this also applies to her character. She is fiery indeed, determined and clever and unwilling to give up.

Finally, Katniss defies the Capitol when she illegally hunts for food that her family needs and gets money by selling the extra on the black market. “I could be shot on a daily basis for hunting,” she admits. Yet she does it anyway. In the end, Katniss and Peeta both decide that they must defy authority. They would rather die together than kill each other, no matter what the rules. Katniss is one with that idea, and she realizes that she could be punished if it doesn't work, yet she is willing to take the risk and commit the defiance.

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