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Mockingjay

Mockingjay

by Suzanne Collins

Admiration Quotes

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Quote #4

"Squad Four-Five-One, you have been selected for a special mission," he begins. I bite the inside of my lip, hoping against hope that it's to assassinate Snow. "We have numerous sharpshooters, but rather a dearth of camera crews. Therefore, we've handpicked the eight of you to be what we call our 'Star Squad.' You will be the faces of the invasion." (18.56)

Sometimes admiration can have negative consequences. What Katniss and the other people on her team really want is to be at the heart of the action – to use their skills and really make a difference in the fight. Paradoxically, because they could be so effective, they're pulled away from the real action and reduced to a media-related force.

Quote #5

Messalla proves most valuable because he lived in a near replica of this apartment and knows where people would be most likely to stash food. (21.17)

In times of war, people no longer reserve admiration for beauty, intelligence, or bravery. They look up to those who possess the skills to ensure basic survival. Messalla can find a stash of food – at this moment in the book, nothing's more important than that. Without food, they can't go on.

Quote #6

[Coin…] gives my eulogy. Praise for the girl who survived the Seam and the Hunger Games, then turned a country of slaves into an army of freedom fighters. "Dead or alive, Katniss Everdeen will remain the face of this rebellion. If ever you waver in your resolve, think of the Mockingjay, and in her you will find the strength you need to rid Panem of its oppressors." (21.28)

Admiration for Katniss is being used to further the rebels' cause. Katniss is being used like the Mockingjay, which she symbolizes for the rebels. Here Coin is speaking through her to support the rebellion. The greater Katniss's achievements, the more powerful she is as a symbol of martyrdom for the rebel cause.

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