With this chapter, Collins considers what it means to be human and what it means to be beautiful. Katniss can't see the Capitol people as human because they've altered their physical appearance in various and abundant ways. The Capitol people, on the other hand, don't recognize her beauty because she looks so natural. While this topic alludes to current controversial topics, like the use of cosmetic surgery and makeup, it also contributes to the ongoing theme of masks and deception that surrounds the Hunger Games. Katniss' prep team believes that the more they alter her appearance, the more beautiful and human she appears. Katniss, too, continues to mask her true feelings by thanking her prep team for their work and telling them that people in District 12 don't have much of a reason to look nice. Cinna, though, can see through of some of Katniss' mask, understanding how
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