The Hunger Games

Lastly, how does the poisonous berries appear in the novel and what do the represent?


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The berries represent more than simply taunting President Snow at the end of the novel. They become a part of Katniss's identity.

The berries. I realize the answer to who I am lies in that handful of poisonous fruit. If I held them out to save Peeta because I knew I would be shunned if I came back without him, then I am despicable. If I held them out because I loved him, I am still self-centered, although forgivable. But if I held them out to defy the Capitol, I am someone of worth. The trouble is, I don't know exactly what was going on inside me at that moment. (ch 8)