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This is a true strategy, because the more you like a person, when you have to kill him, it would be harder to kill him as well. However, then again, she seems to trust Rue easily later on even when she didn't even speak to her during the Training sessions. She has a mixed attitude and isn't constant like Foxface, who always seems to hang back out of the fighting, or Cato and Clove who fight often to win. She seems to have a mind that cannot decide on something. She first wants her survival, and then later on, Peeta's survival, that continues into Catching Fire. It is a recurring theme and Haymitch points it out at the end of Catching Fire on the hovercraft by saying, 'That is why nobody lets you make the plans.' Because she cannot figure out the difference between a friend and enemy.
One of the recurring themes of the book is the usage of strategy. As Portia said, the usage of strategy is a big factor in who wins the Games. The Careers all like to act like as if they were large and brawly, and nobody could defeat them. Some of the others use their appearance, so the Capitol people can bet on them as Finnick did in Catching Fire. Strategy is used in defeating someone, whether it's in a sport such as basketball or a war such as World War II. Germany during Operation Barbarossa in World War II, in which Germany attacked the Soviet Union, used a strategy of having a wide front from Romania and the Caucuses Mountains stretching all the way to the Arctic Sea, and by having a main front on their drive towards Stalingrad, Leningrad, and mainly Moscow. Britain and the US decided to have their D ' Day landing operations at Normandy rather than Pas Calais because they knew that the Germans were expecting it at Pas Calais because that was the narrowest spot between England and France, and had an army there waiting for the US/Great Britain. So they could move quickly to get the German troops trapped in Pas Calais and move on to Paris while they wait out for the German army to surrender.
I get more confused compared with the last paragraphs. She already 'misses him,' but that would not be 'fair on my part.' She does not want to love him back because she does not want to marry him; therefore, he would hate her all his life. She has had a lot to think about over the Hunger Games and the things she did, especially the berries stunt. Everyone wanted to see the homecoming and everybody was or will be excited about it. I do not get the 'moment I will finally have to let go.' Sure, literally she meant his hand, but what she really meant? Was she trying to say that she will have to marry Gale or was she meaning something totally else?
Katniss is thinking that now the real Hunger Games have begun ever since she blew up the supplies, because now Cato and the Careers have to follow everyone else. They have to face the same hunger. They have to face the same environment and its challenges. If she had not blown up the supplies, they would have been well ' fed and could have taken on the other tributes easily. Therefore, by ruining the only food source they had, she ensured that other people like her had a chance of winning.
Like if you are on a team for any sport: soccer, football, basketball, etc., you would want to take out their best players from playing so that you have a chance to win. The two things make an analogy in which the best thing you would want to have in the Hunger Games is food, so you have the energy and the power to fight other people. A person who is well fed but not that strong can probably beat another person who is starving but used to be strong.
Katniss values her independence, and she hates her mother because she was dependent unlike herself. She thinks that her mother should not give up on life when something dreadful happens. She should go over it and continue life. Ever since her dad died, she has been the one who has constantly fed her family by hunting illegally in the woods and bringing the meat home to eat. In the Justice building, when her mother comes to visit Katniss, she yells at her mother because she thinks that her mother will go back to the same situation: the depressed, nearly lifeless figure that she knew her in the early years after her father died. I think that Katniss judges her mother too harshly, because give her some slack. She just lost her husband, Katniss's father. She doesn't know how to care for her two kids. She's just there. Half-alive, half-dead.
It all goes back to one of the recurring themes: strategy. One of the most commonly used terms in many areas such as sports or war. Strategy depends on your strengths and weaknesses. Let's go back to WWII. Germany in the early years had the advantage of strength, superiority, and the surprise. By the time the army can group it together, Germany had invaded halfway through the countries. The Nazis prevented the French, the Polish, and the Soviet armies from grouping using their air force, the Luftwaffe. Later, though, the Allies had the upper hand because they had more in numbers of everything compared to Germany. More tanks, more artillery, more bombers, more fighter planes, more infantry were all their advantages. The Germans however had better designed tanks and designed the jet plane. However, since they had lesser men and lesser of everything even though it was more superior, they lost. M4 Sherman won many battles to the heavier Tigers and Panthers of the German army because 10 Shermans fired at one Tiger or one Panther. Most Tigers or Panthers were abandoned because of lack of fuel.
Now, how does that compare to the Hunger Games? Because Katniss and Peeta are fighting over who will win in the Hunger Games if either one of them were supposed to win. They are pointing out each other's advantages, the very qualities they need to win the Hunger Games.
You can tell here it is all about strengths and weaknesses. The Careers who were trying to intimidate the field have nearly all the strengths. Like in WWII, when Germany tried to intimidate the field with their powerful Luftwaffe in the Blitz and the Battle of Britain, but got defeated by the Royal Air Force It is all about the game plan. The game plan is to defeat these people by trying to get them to surrender. The Allies tried to do that with their aircraft, but barely had some measure of success. It shows that intimidation does not work. Weakening and destroying the factories in which tanks, guns, weapons are being produced and where gas is being refined works. When the Allies tried to intimidate them, it did not have as much success as when they bombed the factories and ports.
Capitol powers are one of the recurring themes. About how the Capitol has so much power over the districts forcing them to watch the Hunger Games and treat it like festivities when it is all about actually killing their kids except for the one who is the strongest, bravest, most willed, and can attract the money of the millions of citizens in the Capitol. The Capitol, though, is causing hatred that multiplies and it seems that the hatred against the Capitol rises with each Hunger Games, because people realize that it is all because of the Capitol. I think that this rebellion will go out into all ' out war between the districts and the Capitol. You could compare the Capitol with the Romans and how they treated their gladiator games. Awesome for us sitting in the bleachers watching in the arena or as in the Panem way, watching it on TV. However, for the people in the arena, life is tough. You could be put up against your friend to fight with. The Romans did not pit the districts against one another, but they used slaves. The slaves, in anger, did cause the third Servile War in which the famous Spartacus did rise up. Therefore, there is a precedent for this, but not in the same way. Spartacus was one of the gladiators who broke from the area with weapons, just like Katniss did in Catching Fire.