The Hunger Games

Chapter 18: Explain fully the impact that Rue's death has on Katniss


Asked by
Last updated by Aslan
Answers 1
Add Yours

Katniss is full of rage against the Capitol for facilitating such cruelty, and she thinks of what Peeta told her on the roof, that he hoped to die in such a way that the Capitol knew they do not own him. As a small rebellion, Katniss decorates Rue's body with flowers, a type of funeral that is antithetical to the murderous raison d'etre of the Games, even though she knows they'll never allow that detail to be aired on TV. She touches three fingers to her lips and raises her arm to Rue's body as it is removed, using a traditional District 12 salute. After an emotional goodbye to Rue, she leaves the clearing feeling full of hatred.