“Actually, I painted a picture of Rue,” Peeta says. “How she looked after Katniss had covered her in flowers.”
There’s a long pause at the table while everyone absorbs this. “And what exactly were you trying to accomplish?” Haymitch asks in a very measured voice.
“I’m not sure. I just wanted to hold them accountable, if only for a moment,” says Peeta. “For killing that little girl.”
I have so many strong feelings (mostly of intense love) about how THG portrays revolutionary acts — especially how nonviolent acts of dissent are presented as carrying just as much weight as the violent ones. Peeta uses his talent as an artist to paint a picture of Rue on the floor directly in the Gamemakers’ line of sight during training; Cinna uses his skills as a fashion designer to literally transform Katniss into the symbol of the revolution right under the Capitol’s noses on Caesar’s propaganda machine of a talk show; Katniss uses the three-finger salute to express solidarity with District 11 when Rue dies — a gesture that sparks the first big public show of resistance in Panem.