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Let’s Re-Read The Hunger Games Together! Chapter 3

10 Comments February 4, 2012 by Filed Under: Hunger Games Re-Read

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Welcome to’s Community Re-read!

While we impatiently wait for The Hunger Games to be released, we continue with our highly-popular, Community Re-Read!

Every Monday, Wednesday & Friday, I’ll post a breakdown for each chapter in the book, counting down the days until the official release of the film on March, 23rd. Let’s get started, dig out your copy of The Hunger Games, read the chapters together with us, and discuss anything you may find of interest that you might have missed the first time around.

May the odds be ever in your favor.

*Today we have a guest doing our review for chapter 3 our wonderful intern, Mayra. Let’s welcome Mayra into our recap, for it is not an easy task, lol. Enjoy!-MEC

Chapter 3

Pg.36 I can’t win. Prim must know that in her heart. The competition will be far beyond my abilities. Kids from wealthier districts, where winning is a huge honor, who’ve been trained their whole lives for this. Boys who are two to three times my size. Girls who know twenty different ways to kill you with a knife. Oh, there’ll be people like me, too. People to weed out before the real fun begins.   *This is when we begin to really feel for Katniss. It’s so sad to read of such a brave character walking to her death and still having to be strong for her family. Also, we begin to learn more about the Games and how cruel and unfair they are. Tributes from other districts have been trained, but, unfortunately, that’s not the case for Katniss or a few other tributes therefore they are the easier targets. But even though Katniss knows that, she still manages to stay strong for her sister instead of breaking down. I truly admire her strength and courage to not let her fear show.

Pg.38 My next guest is also unexpected. Madge walks straight to me. She is not weepy or evasive, instead there’s an urgency about her tone that surprises me. ‘They let you wear one thing from your district in the arena. One thing to remind you of home. Will you wear this?’ She holds out the circular gold pin that was on her dress earlier. I hadn’t paid much attention to it before, but now I see it’s a small bird in flight.   *And the Mockingjay pin is presented! The symbol of rebellion that Katniss makes her own later in her journey.

Pg.40 The Peacekeepers are back too soon and Gale asks for more time, but they’re taking him away and I start to panic. “Don’t let them starve!’ I cry out, clinging to his hand. ‘I won’t! You know I won’t! Katniss, remember I—’ he says, and they yank us apart and slam the door. And I’ll never know what it was he wanted me to remember.”      *Even to the last minute the only thing Katniss can think of is her mother and sister. How she doesn’t want them to go through hardships even after she’s gone since she is certain she isn’t going back. The only way she’ll be okay is knowing that Gale will take care of them and, of course, Gale promises that he will. It’s a very emotional moment between them and then they’re interrupted by the peacekeepers and Gale is taken away.

Pg.43  My father was particularly fond of mockingjays. When we went hunting, he would whistle or sing complicated songs to them and, after a polite pause, they’d always sing back. Not everyone is treated with such respect. But whenever my father sang, all the birds in the area would fall silent and listen.     *This is one of the few times Katniss remembers her father and it serves to also make a point about the Mockingjays. We don’t know much about Katniss’ father, but the one thing we do know for sure is that he was a man with a wonderful voice that even the Mockingjays would stop to listen. Which also shows the Mockingjays similar purpose to their ancestors the Jabberjays: to repeat what they hear though the Mockingjays weren’t used by the Capitol.

Pg.45  Peeta’s a baker’s son. My mother taught Prim and me to eat properly, so yes, I can handle a fork and knife. But I hate Effie Trinket’s comment so much I make a point of eating the rest of my meal with my fingers. Then I wipe my hands on the tablecloth. This makes her purse her lips tightly together.    *To be honest, when I read this I literally clapped. Though I understand Effie’s point of view; She was raised in the Capitol and she’d never had to suffer through hunger like the people of district 12 so it’s obvious that she won’t see things the way they do. But I love that Katniss made her point clear and taught Effie a lesson.

Overall Review: So in this chapter Katniss says her goodbyes. Not only to her family and best friend, but also to life. She has come to accept the fact that she doesn’t stand much of a chance against the other tributes and she decides to prepare herself for her final moment. She decides to go into the Games with her head up high and last for as long as she can. Also, in this chapter Katniss is presented the Mockingjay pin. Since the story was only beginning I didn’t think much of the pin. I mean, I knew it was important since it’s the cover of the book, but I didn’t realize how important it would become. When I read this chapter my thoughts were running wild! I was trying to guess what would happen to Katniss and how the other two books would carry a story without Katniss. I knew she couldn’t die since she is the story’s heroine, but at the same time I just kept thinking that it could be a possibility. My mind just started making up all these different scenarios on how Katniss would die, how Prim and Gale would react, what would happen to Peeta, how would he die? So many things began going through my mind and it was barely the 3rd chapter! What did you think while reading this chapter? Do you have any thought on what Gale might’ve wanted to say to Katniss before he was taken away? What did you think of Effie? And what did you think about the Mockingjay pin? Also, we all know that Madge was cute from the movie so tell me what your reaction to that was. To be honest, I wasn’t very disappointed, though I did like Madge, but I think the new storyline that was created for the pin in the movie is much more emotional since it shows a relationship between two sisters.


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  • jite4vanquish

    Don’t you just love the irony in the name that The Capitol calls the guards ” the peacekeepers”. It is another slap in the face to these poor people who are basically slaves. Everything that Katniss is enduring is all because of the way the Capitol oppresses the people. And poor Katniss does not know who to trust. Should she trust Peeta, his dad, Marge, anyone? Her only answer is to trust in herself and in the instincts her father and Gale have instilled in her. This novel is one that should be mandatory in all high schools like George Orwell’s 1984 was for my generation. I am truly impressed with this author.

    • Mayra

      I thought the same thing throughout the entire series! Like, the irony of the “peacekeepers” how they’re supposed to be keeping the peace but they actually create chaor many times! And I agree that it should definitely be taught at schools. It really teaches the value of life and the reasons why war isn’t always the best answer.

    • dandelion/tes77

      Jite, this book does remind me of 1984.  The oppressive state with all the technology keeps tract of its citizens (but in reality, slaves).  It is hard for Katniss to trust since she lost her father and could not trust her mother to take care of the family.

  • Valerie

    I really wonder what Gale was about to say… When reading, my mind continued the sentence with” remember I love you” But I reallly doubt that was it :P Anyway… I know what you mean about wondering how things would go in the areana and how could 2 more books be made if Katniss died.. Those were my thoughts for the entire book! That, and how horrible it was that Katniss or Peeta would have to die.. (But secretly hoping somehow they would both come out alive..) Also, in this chapter I kept thinking how, if I would be in her place I would just cry my eyes out.. How could you not in a situation like that?!

    • dandelion/tes77

      Valerie, I also wonder what Gale was about to say.  I don’t really think it was “I love you,” much as I’d like to think that.  I’m thinking it would be some practical suggestion for how to kill people.  I know that sounds mena, but he seems to want to give Katniss the tools to survive, and to him that means killing her competition.

      • Valerie

        Yeah I agree :p I didn’t think he would have said that, it’s just what my first thoughts were before I really thought it through haha 

  • dandelion/tes77

    I love how Katniss starts eating with her hands after Effie compliments her manners.  It warms the cockles of my rebellious heart!

    • jite4vanquish

      Hahaha…I love it…rebellious heart.

  • Anonymous

    I wasn’t heart broken about Madge being cut, we really don’t get a
    feeling for the friendship of her and Katniss until Catching Fire. Even
    then they really don’t go into too much detail about their friendship.
    ****Slight Catching Fire Spoilers**** I’m just wondering how Katniss
    will find out about the other Districts. She now has no connection with
    the Mayor that Madge provided so I’m wondering about that plot point.
    Not that it’s a big gaping hole of a plot point really I’m sure it can
    be patched somehow.

    • Mayra

      I think that can easily be covered up. She could be in the Justice Building doing some last minute Victors stuff and while she leaves or something she notices there’s a door opened and there’s a TV on and it shows the other Districts in the rebellion. Or somethning like that. It can easily be fixed.

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