Flashbacks: Flashbacks can put a halt to the flow of a story, but in this case, Collins has Katniss reflect back on home, which makes her think to Gale, and then go into how they met. To pull out of the flashback, Katniss starts to talk in more general terms about their relationship until it becomes part of the present.
- Katniss: Her action and reaction in shooting the arrow at the Gamemaker's pig says a lot about her character. That she rebels, but doesn't mean to. That she's scared of the consequences once she thinks about it, but her problem is that she doesn't think about it.
- Gale: With his importance to Katniss's life up to this point and in the other books, but not being able to actually be there, his flashback is important to understand his character. With the image of his going out to the woods which no one else does, he becomes a rebel, but one with a purpose, with the information that he's the oldest and needed to take care of his family after his father died.