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Themes

It's not easy being a figurehead or a celebrity warrior – your body and ideas aren't your own to show to the world. Katniss is greatly admired – so much that she's turned into the Mockingjay, the symbol of the rebellion. But with that admiration comes a loss of control. Katniss now represents and entire movement, and must behave as such. The same is true, to some extent, for all the other victors of the Hunger Games. They emerge to great admiration and fame, but none of that can make up for the suffering they've endured. <em>Mockingjay</em> seems to be saying that once you've been noticed, you're no longer safe.

Questions About Admiration

  1. Celebrity comes at an extremely high price in Panem. Is it worth it?
  2. Do you have to believe in yourself in order to be an inspiration to others?
  3. Is admiration a positive or a negative quality in this book?
  4. In a war-torn society, is there any place for admiration at all?
  5. What do you think was the most admirable act in the book?

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