Then she notices a burlap sack of apples up top, and devises one. Chapter 2- This news leaves Katniss in shock, trying to gather herself. There are four tributes; she notices the unmemorable boy from District 3. While Rue builds three separate campfires to divert the Careers, Katniss will attack the camp. Katniss wakes up the next morning, and realizes that her food is running low and she needs to hunt. Katniss forces herself not to consider any romantic feelings for Gale, though the reader sees right away that this is somewhat disingenuous.
The Capitol heads a totalitarian government that controls its population primarily through the yearly ritual of the Hunger Games. The injection she gave him, right before she passed out, has worked and he is feeling much better. As Katniss helps Peeta out of his awesome hiding place, he jokes around with her, which makes Katniss glad that he still has his sense of humor. The careers have made a strong alliance which is a massive threat to the other tributes. The Careers have made their camp appear to be vulnerable by leaving it unattended. There are four tributes, including Cato and a boy from District 3. What's more, she has been spying on the Career camp and has some information.
The expectation is that the Hunger Games be treated as a spectacle, a great source of entertainment that all citizens are obliged to follow as audience. Katniss get angry when they don't pay attention to her shooting arrows. By deciding to take on the Careers, she is finding her own backbone and deciding to do something about the injustice in the Games. What's more, Peeta is no longer with them. Katniss is saddened by Thresh's death, because she feels he was a good person. Finally, the plant rue is an insect repellant.
The woods are dangerous due to wild animals, and illegal to explore or hunt in. This is the first time that Katniss has made a direct move against others, instead of sitting back and just reacting to what has been going on. As she is about to make camp in a tree, another sponsor gift comes down. After a while she realizes she has not heard from him and hurries back to him. Cato is not running at them, instead he is running away from beasts that are chasing him. For the first time, Katniss begins to believe she has a chance to win the Games, not only because the playing field has been leveled but because she is enlivened by the desire for revenge. She then notices a sack of apples and realizes that she can set off a chain of explosions if she can create a large enough hole in the bag.
Camera crews are perched everywhere, the first indication of the ubiquity of the televised spectacle of the Hunger Games. When Katniss arrives at the scene, Rue is caught in a net and then suddenly shot with a spear. Basically he gave her hope when no one else bothered looking at her. After their all done they get on a train to the capital. After a breakfast of eggs that Rue gathered alongside some rabbit and berries, Katniss grills Rue for more details about the Career camp. On the last day, each of the tributes has to face the Gamemakers by themselves, so that they can get a rating before the Games begins. In the classical philosophies, a stoic is one who steels himself to lose everything in order to find true freedom.
Then a giant wall of fire chases her. It can only hurt her chances in the arena, but she is asserting herself to be not controlled by them — in effect, understanding the meaning of Peeta's roof confession. Only the thought of Prim watching her at home motivates her. Thinking of what Peeta once told her, she wants to show the Capitol that Rue was more than just a piece in their game. Katniss hides there the whole day.
It is a great irony that Panem civilization is maintained through the use of such an uncivilized practice as the Hunger Games. Also note that Collins' clever naming continues with Rue. But before they go to sleep, Katniss pieces together that maybe the Careers won't be so well off without their supplies and proposes for the first time that maybe her best defense would be a strong offense. Though she is a nice girl, her privileges — exemplified in this moment by a small gold pendant she wears, which is very valuable — rub Gale the wrong way and he speaks rudely to her about her chances of being chosen as a tribute. Rue has seen the Careers' camp and describes it to Katniss, how the Cornucopia is still there and their supplies are stacked in a pyramid about thirty yards away, protected by the boy from District 3. Peeta realizes what is in the berries, but it is to late because he ate them and is already starting to loose consciousness. She falls and fireballs are launched at her.
He snaps the neck of the boy from District 3. Then Katniss has to find a way to blow up the land minds placed around the food. Yet the Capitol is so proficient at shrouding the Games in ritual and tradition — see the ceremony of the reaping for myriad examples — that this brutality becomes the linking social force. Chapter 16: Katniss and Rue are now in a trusted alliance together. The ongoing theme of masked appearances continues in this chapter, as well.