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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory
The MockingjayFirst, a little refresher: what is a mockingjay? Well, a mockingjay is a bird, of course, but a hybrid one. They originate from a species known as the jabberjay. Jabberjays were birds...
District 13 and the Capitol, PanemParallels Between the Capitol and District 13When we first opened Mockingjay, we breathed a sigh of relief: Whew! Katniss is safe in District 13! But then we star...
Narrator Point of View
First Person (Central)In Mockingjay, Katniss continues to be our narrator – for better or for worse. Since we're pretty much hearing Katniss's thoughts, we can see clearly what's going on in her...
Dystopian LiteratureSuzanne Collins's Hunger Games trilogy imagines a world that is a total nightmare of a place, the opposite of a utopia. The totalitarian government of Panem has complete contr...
What's Up With the Title?
The title is powerful for lots of reasons. First, it refers to the established theme of the mockingjay bird that was developed in the other books of the trilogy. In the Hunger Games arena, Katniss...
What's Up With the Ending?
Close to the end of the book, Katniss worries that despite everything the rebels have gone through, it's all been for nothing: All those people I loved, dead, and we are discussing the next Hunger...
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