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Initial post: Apr 18, 2012 10:47:33 AM PDT
Why does President Snow come to Katniss' home? What does he mean when he says, "...you have provided a spark which left untended may grow into an inferno..."? What, exactly, was the significance of the handful of poisonous berries at the end of The Hunger Games?

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 11:22:45 AM PDT
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Posted on Apr 18, 2012 11:25:18 AM PDT
Tuf•MOM says:
The handful of berries was a rebellious act gone unpunished. Pres. Snow is scared that this will encourage people to rise up against him... hence the spark that will grow into an inferno. He's "pressuring" Katniss into snuffing the spark.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 11:39:14 AM PDT
Silvia says:
The berries signified to the Capitol defiance to the Games by the players. If Katniss and Peeta both ate the berries the Capitol would have been left with no winner. It was the first rebellious act, the spark that might grow into an inferno.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 5:04:21 PM PDT
The fact that President Snow took the time to go to Katniss's home, shows how threatened he felt by her actions. The berries represented Katniss's refusal to play the games the way the gamemakers and Capitol intended. The sheer fact that she would be willing to take both of their lives (even if she really wasn't), was a spit in the Capitol's eye. I don't really think that, that was actually Katniss's plan. I think that she acted in a desperate way, due to the situation. I don't believe that it was as well thought out as President Snow may have felt. At the moment Katniss was just looking for a way to keep both her and Peeta alive. She took a gamble to see if they would call her bluff, and they didn't. However, it didn't matter how she intended it. The act was indeed a spark to the rebellion, one which President Snow was right to be worried about.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 8:44:05 PM PDT
LumosCat says:
President Snow goes to Katniss' house under the pretext of congratulating her and wishing her luck on her tour. However, he actually goes to do quite the opposite; He threatens her, saying she must use the Victory Tour as an opportunity to prove to Panem that she did her whole stunt with the berries merely out of love for Peeta. If she does not, beware....
The aforementioned stunt with the berries is the event that concluded the 74th Hunger Games; When Peeta and Katniss threatened to commit a double suicide, via nightlock, if not proclaimed dual victors. Many citizens and districts of Panem took to be an act of rebellion, though Katniss herself has not fully thought through her actions that day.
These berries represent a spark, a little spark of rebellion. While many sparks die, occasionally one grows into full-blown fire, a fire able to spark a nation into rebellion. This spark, the spark of the berries, is the inferno mentioned by Snow, and if Katniss does not work to extinguish the spark,Snow will kill her and her loved ones.
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Posted on Apr 18, 2012 10:00:13 PM PDT
Juliette says:
President snow knew they were on a verge of rebellion even before the hunger games. When katniss did the berry stunt, he was far more aware ofthe concequences and meaning then she was. He wants to smash the rebelious feelings in the districts by convincing the public they only did it for love. President snow already knew the rebellion had started though.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 19, 2012 8:44:45 AM PDT
E. Lundy says:
Snow is terrified of Katniss because he knows that her actions have sparked a rebellion in the hearts of those who have not been able to articulate, and in this case brought to action that which has been in their minds and hearts for decades (the book is really not clear as to how long this state of being has been). The berries, in my estimation was a way of telling the people that they would never abide by their ruling of one winner any longer at the end of the first games- it was a way of threatening the capital into showing that change was inevitable; at the end of the book it probably meant that this train of thought, this independent means of thought would continue, hopefully until threatened again by another irrational dictatorship.
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