This chapter reveals how much control the Gamemakers have over the Hunger Games. Just as the Capitol manipulates the people in the districts, the Gamemakers are able to manipulate the tributes in the Games, using violent tactics to force them together whenever the Games are moving too slowly. Katniss thinks about how the Gamemakers could kill her at any moment, and how they do kill tributes every now and then simply to remind the tributes that they have this power. Simultaneously, with these spontaneous killings, the Capitol reminds the districts that they have the power not only to take their children from them at the reapings, but also to kill them at will. Katniss' burns set her up for struggles in the Games, particularly if she isn't able to find relief. She also recognizes the irony that she is known as "the girl on fire," and now she
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