I mourn my old life here. We barely scraped by, but I knew where I fit in, I knew what my place was in the tightly interwoven fabric that was our life. I wish I could go back to it because, in retrospect, it seems so secure compared with now, when I am so rich and so famous and so hated by the authorities in the Capitol. (1.10)

Katniss misses her old lifestyle and wishes to revert back to it. After she won the Hunger Games, she has noticed that people in her District look at her differently. She is always being watched in the Capitol and no longer has any personal freedom or security. This quotation reveals that Katniss is a simple, down to earth person who is not fazed by the social fabric that she is a part of.  She prefers to live a normal life rather than being surrounded by the luxuries of wealth and fame. 

I'm selfish. I'm a coward. I'm the kind of girl who, when she might actually be of use, would run to stay alive and leave those who couldn't follow to suffer and die. [...] No wonder I won the Games. No decent person ever does. (8.82-83)

Katniss is having trouble identifying with herself. She ponders on whether she is really a hero or a villain. This quotation helps us understand her struggle with figuring out who she really is. She second guesses herself as a selfish coward and is clearly being too hard on herself. 


This personalized license plate is apt for Katniss Everdeen as she doesn’t know who she is anymore. She has difficulty understanding her new identity after her victory in the Hunger Games to the extent that she questions her self-worth. Her license plate is essentially her name scrambled. This disarrangement of letters represents her scattered state of mind.



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