Catching Fire

Catching Fire Irony

Katniss’s Winnings (Situational Irony)

As a victor of the Games, Katniss receives more money from the Capitol than she could possibly use. Of course she offers to share this money with Gale and his family, but Gale refuses to take a single coin from her. This is ironic considering that, prior to the Games, Katniss and Gale shared everything with one another, from fresh meat caught beyond the electric fence to their hopes and dreams. Now that Katniss has enough money to take care of both of their families, Gale’s pride won’t allow her to do so.

Food (Situational Irony)

In addition to a plethora of money, Katniss also receives a bounty of food each month for winning the Games. Similar to the money situation, Gale refuses Katniss's offer to share in her riches, even though in the past they shared everything.

The Arena of the 50th Quarter Quell (Dramatic Irony)

The arena of the second Quarter Quell is picturesque and storybook-perfect. When the tributes first see the arena, its beauty flabbergasts them all. It has an emerald green meadow with gorgeous flowers, crystalline streams, luscious fruit trees, and seemingly bucolic animals. However, as tributes begin to drop like flies, it becomes clear that everything in the arena is deadly and poisonous. Furthermore, the animals are carnivorous and attack in packs. It is highly ironic that one of the most beautiful arenas proves to be the most deadly.

The Lightning Tree (Situational Irony)

At midnight and noon, lightning strikes the same tree in the arena of the third Quarter Quell. This lightning is successful at killing at least one tribute before Beetee has the idea of using it as a weapon. By harnessing the lightning, Katniss and her team are able to break out of the arena. This is an example of irony because the tributes were able to use one of the Gamemaker’s weapons against them: something designed to kill the tributes ends up liberating them.