The Hunger Games

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Allusions of Love


Identify the allusion in the following passage from Chapter 9.

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“ ‘You are a fool,’ Haymitch says in disgust. ‘Do you think he hurt you? That boy just gave you something you could never achieve on your own.’ ‘He made me look weak!’ I say. ‘He made you look desirable! And let’s face it, you can use all the help you can get in that department. You were about as romantic as dirt until he said he wanted you. Now they all do. You’re all they’re talking about. The star-crossed lovers from District Twelve!’ says Haymitch. ‘But we’re not star-crossed lovers!’ I say. Haymitch grabs my shoulders and pins me against the wall. ‘Who cares? It’s all a big show. It’s all how you’re perceived. The most I could say about you after your interview was that you were nice enough, although that in itself was a small miracle. Now I can say you’re a heartbreaker. Oh, oh, oh, how the boys back home fall longingly at your feet. Which do you think will get you more sponsors?’ “