by Suzanne Collins
Admiration Quotes in Mockingjay
How we cite our quotes: (Chapter.Paragraph)
"Never underestimate the power of a brilliant stylist," says Peeta. (24.36)
As he used to, Peeta's able to twist his words to smooth out a situation and make everything better. He compliments Tigris and is able to pay her, in a certain sense, for helping the rebels out. The fact that the rebels need a stylist's help reinforces the parallels between the situation they're in and the ones Peeta and Katniss endured during the Games. Then, as now, they needed the battle armor that could only come from a "brilliant stylist." It's no accident that "brilliant" is the same word Katniss used to describe Cinna (1.34).
One I'm in Cinna's Mockingjay suit, the only scars visible are on my neck, forearms, and hands. Octavia secures my Mockingjay pin over my heart and we step back to look in the mirror. I can't believe how normal they've made me look on the outside when inwardly I'm such a wasteland. (26.28)
Cinna is dead but his work sure lives on. His designs have helped Katniss many times in Mockingjay even though he wasn't there to see it. He's helped protect her and hold her together. Similarly, the prep team pulls itself together to protect Katniss and keep her looking "normal," even if internally she feels like "a wasteland."
"The price of celebrity," says Beetee. "We were targeted from both sides. The Capitol killed the victors they suspected of being rebels. The rebels killed those thought to be allied with the Capitol." (26.41)
Sometimes being admired is a bad thing – it makes you recognizable and can even make you a target. That's what happens to the other victors, who were unlucky enough to be caught in between the rebels and the Capitol, and survived the Games and the Quell only to be crushed in the revolutionary war that followed.