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The Hunger Games

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Up on the Roof

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Identify all instances of figurative language in the following passage from Chapter 10.

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“I pace the floor, heart beating too fast, breathing too short. My room feels like a prison cell. If I don’t get air soon, I’m going to start to throw things again... The roof is not lit at night, but as soon as my bare feet reach its tiled surface I see his silhouette, black against the lights that shine endlessly in the Capitol. There’s quite a commotion going on in the streets, music and singing and car horns, none of which I could hear through the thick glass window panels in my room. I could slip away now, without him noticing me; he wouldn’t hear me over the din. But the night air’s so sweet, I can’t bear returning to that stuffy cage of a room. And what difference does it make? Whether we speak or not? My feet move soundlessly across the tiles. I’m only a yard behind him when I say, ‘You should be getting some sleep.’ He starts but doesn’t turn. I can see him give his head a slight shake… ’I really am sorry about your hands.’ ‘It doesn’t matter, Katniss,’ he says. I’ve never been a contender in these Games anyway... My best hope is to not disgrace myself and…’ He hesitates. ‘And what?’ I say. ‘I don’t know how to say it exactly. Only...I want to die as myself. Does that make any sense?’ he asks. I shake my head. How could he die as anyone but himself? ‘I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not… When the time comes, I’m sure I’ll kill just like everybody else. I can’t go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to...to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games,’ says Peeta.”