Meanwhile, back in the monochromatic environs of District 12, Katniss hangs out with some old familiar faces. Surely you recall Gale, the rebellious young boy-of-the-forest? “People are looking at you, Katniss,” he tells his childhood friend. “You’ve given them an opportunity.” That Gale sure is charismatic. Shame that he’s so tragically ugly.
Katniss’ younger sister Prim seems to have gotten the rebellious spirit, too. “You gave me a chance…to do something,” she tells Katniss. I can’t recall a scene like this occurring in the book. (Prim was always a background character, although she had a larger part in Mockingjay.) But this does cement one of the key themes of Catching Fire: The idea that Katniss has become a symbol for something, and the simultaneous fact that Katniss badly doesn’t want to be a symbol for anything.