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by Suzanne Collins

Power Quotes in Mockingjay

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Quote #4

A new sensation begins to germinate inside me. But it takes until I am standing on a table, waving my final good-byes to the hoarse chanting of my name, to define it. Power. I have a kind of power I never knew I possessed. Snow knew it, as soon as I held out those berries. Plutarch knew when he rescued me from the arena. And Coin knows now. So much so that she must publicly remind her people that I am not in control. (7.35)

Here is where Katniss's "power" starts growing inside her, like a flower. Everyone else has known all along: all the other people in positions of power and authority recognized that same power in her. She's the only one who didn't. In other words, she didn't know her own strength, but now she's beginning to find out. And that only makes her more dangerous.

Quote #5

"If your immediate answer isn't Coin, then you're a threat. You're the face of the rebellion. You may have more influence than any other single person," says Boggs. "Outwardly, the most you've ever done is tolerated her." (19.13)

Boggs clarifies for Katniss the fact that she's in terrible danger from Coin – that Coin may very well want her dead. Katniss wields too much power for Coin's liking, and has the potential to destabilize Coin's position at the top. Dead, though, Katniss could be used for Coin's cause. So, yeah, Katniss has to watch her back.

Quote #6

He says, "Unfit for command. Transfer of prime security clearance to Squad Four-Five-One Soldier Katniss Everdeen." It's all he can do to turn the Holo toward my face. "Say your name." (20.6)

Boggs breaks the rules here by "transfer[ing]" his power of command – through the Holo and his "clearance" – to Katniss. He should have given it to Jackson, who's the official next in line. But he disobeys, in what can be seen as a real final moment of authority, and makes the decision that Katniss should have his power instead.

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