The Hunger Games group read, chapter 8***

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The Hunger Games group read, chapter 8***
Fri, 02-03-2012 - 1:55pm


Katniss spends the rest of the day crying on her bed. She believes that the Gamemakers will punish her for what she's done, that they'll make her an Avox and cut out her tongue. She imagines all of the possible scenarios, but is most fearful that the Capitol people will go after Prim and her mother. She doesn't care nearly as much about herself as she does for them.

Katniss joins everyone for dinner, and Haymitch finally asks how bad the private training sessions went. Peeta answers that he doesn't think the Gamemakers paid much attention to him, that he just threw around a few heavy objects and then they said he could go. When Katniss tells everyone that she shot an arrow at them, they are all startled. They want to know what the Gamemakers said, how they reacted. Katniss explains that she left without letting them say anything, then she asks if they'll go after her family or arrest her. Haymitch says he doubts it, that they need her in the Games and wouldn't want to have to explain what had happened in the private training session. He explains that they'll simply make her life difficult in the Games, which, Peeta adds, they've already promised to do.

Katniss feels much better after dinner. They all head to the sitting room to watch the scores that the Gamemakers give out based on the day's performances. A 1 is the worst and a 12 is the best. The tributes with the highest scores often get the most sponsorships and the best support during the Games. Katniss, who believes the Gamemakers will punish her by giving her a low score, is surprised to see that she's earned an 11. Haymitch explains that the Gamemakers must have liked her temper.

The next morning, Katniss lies in bed thinking of Gale and the first time they hunted together. She'd stumbled upon one of his rabbit traps and was looking at it when he came out and told her that stealing was punishable by death. Katniss recognized him: he'd lost his father in the same mine blast that killed hers. She shows him her bow and arrow, and they talk about hunting and the secrets of the woods. Katniss thinks about how she is a much better hunter with Gale as a partner and compares her relationship with Gale to her relationship with Peeta. She never questions Gale, but is always suspicious of Peeta. Later, at breakfast, she learns that Peeta has asked Haymitch to coach him separately, that he doesn't want to be Katniss' training mate anymore.


This chapter serves to illustrate further how Katniss cares more about her family than she does herself. She places their safety above her own and finds relief in the knowledge that they will be safe. It is clear, too, that the Gamemakers assign scores based on the entertainment value that each player can bring to the Games. They know that Katniss' feistiness will attract viewers, so they reward her for this. We are left to wonder, however, like Katniss, what Rue's special talent is, something that's impressive enough to earn her a 7.

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Mon, 02-06-2012 - 12:31pm

1. What does Katniss believe will be the consequences of her actions in her private audition with the
Gamemakers? She has a fleeting moment when she worries they'll arrest her, execute her or turn her into an Avox, but her lingering concern is that her mother and Prim will be punished for her impulsive action.

2. What is the significance of the score given to each tribute? What is Peeta and Katniss’s score? Katniss believes the scores are an indication of the potential each tribute showed in the training sessions and interview, so the audience has a starting point to base their betting on, kind of like watching the workouts of race horses. Also, sponsors usually back those with higher scores.