The Hunger Games

Part II: Why did Katniss put flowers around Rue after she died? What do Rueʼs flowers symbolize?


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Rue is actually a flower that is abundant in District 11. Katniss decorates her with the flower as a tribute to Rue's innocence and beautiful spirit. It is also an act of rebellion against the Capitol. Katniss is telling them that they killed a beautiful innocent child. Katniss would not have killed Rue to succeed in the game. The Capitol did not televise Katniss's show of rebellion.