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by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay Theme of Courage

In stories and movies about war, we expect to see acts of courage, and Mockingjay doesn't disappoint. The novel's characters display their courage in all sorts of ways: by acting and by not acting, by killing and by saving lives, by being inhumane and being compassionate. Nearly every act, in fact, is in some way an act of courage. It takes courage to die for a cause. But it also takes courage to live for one, and to accept that other people are dying to help you achieve that. That's the burden Katniss faces on a daily basis.

Questions About Courage

  1. Which situation in the book would you be most afraid of facing?
  2. What do you think is the book's most courageous act? Who is the most courageous character?
  3. Is any character in Mockingjay a coward? If so, who and why?
  4. Is it braver to fight or to concede?

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