Mockingjay

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1: a Detailed Analysis

June 7, 2021 by Essay Writer

The Hunger Games: Mocking Jay Part 1; an Uninteresting Bridge to the Finale

Following in the footsteps of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hollows, the Hunger Games trilogy has taken the final book and divided into a two movie part. The first part, Mocking Jay Part One is extremely different from its previous two movies. With no actual Hunger Games in this movie, this one focuses on the revolutionary aspect and uprising of the districts against the tyrannical capitol.

Jennifer Lawrence stars in the movie as our heroine Katniss Everdeen picking up right where the last movie left off. After destroying the stadium and being rescued by District 13, Katniss has been recruited to be the face of this new revolution. District 13 is a rebel society hidden underground for years as they slowly build up the military power to take down President Snow (Donald Sutherland). At the beginning of Mocking Jay Part 1, District 13 has decided to come out of hiding and start a series of advertising campaigns made to rouse the other districts into joining the rebellion. Only one problem though, the capitol has captured Katniss’ previous sidekick Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and are using him for the same thing – to encourage the districts that the capitol is the only thing keeping them from total and complete anarchy.

The love triangle between Peeta, Katniss, and her best friend from home Gale (Liam Hemsworth) has seemingly been put on hold as Katniss’ main priority in all of this is breaking Peeta and the other tributes being held captive by the capitol free. With her new gang of allies (Jullianne Moore, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Dormer) Katniss is brought to the frontlines to lead the revolution. The whole movie is a power struggle as the rebels can’t seem to catch a break. With every victory they seem to gain, President Snow has a quick comeback that puts them right back to where they began.

The ending of the movie also takes a few dramatic turns that will leave the viewers wondering who will really win once everything is said and done.

Though this has been one of the highest grossing movies of the season, mostly because of the gigantic fan base that follows it, it doesn’t quite seem to live up to the previous too. It’s quite lengthy at a little over two hours, but at the same time it seems to be ridiculously drawn out. In fact, it could be argued that there was absolutely no reason to break the final book of the trilogy into two movies. A lot of the scenes are unimportant or boring and could’ve been cut completely to make room for it to just be finished already and the only actual reason they probably divided it up was to suck as much money out of this thing as possible before it ends.

The whole movie seems to be building up to something but at some point it just starts going back downhill. The excitement was pointless for there was no real climax and the ending leaves the viewer feeling unsatisfied for there is no real conclusion at all. If they were in fact following the footsteps of the Deathly Hollows, they should’ve taken better notes because this whole experience could be summoned up to one word; mediocre.

That being said, the actors were very well cast and played, per usual, and can’t be blamed for Hollywood’s new obsession with taking a decent plot and dragging it out way too long. The movie itself seemed to follow the books pretty good, enough to make the readers happy, and the actual idea behind it is grounds to make a kick ass movie. The tension built up in this part will seemingly and hopefully lead to a much better second half, and hopefully there won’t be as much criticism with Mocking Jay Part 2.

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A Review of Suzanne Collins Novel the Ousting of the Capitol in Mockingjay

June 7, 2021 by Essay Writer

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay is the final installment in the Hunger Games series. The book main revolves around Katniss’ plot to overthrow the Capitol. After surviving two Hunger Games, Katniss and her family/friends have to live in District 13 because the Capitol destroyed their homes and everything in District 12 with bombs. The book gets going with Peeta on national television (The Capitol was holding him prisoner) calling for a cease-fire. Katniss does not like that idea. She agrees to be the “Mockingjay” – the face of the rebellion against the Capitol. Trying to gain support for the war, Katniss travels all over the country. In District 8 the Capitol sends bombs and kills hundreds of innocent people. They are trying to prove they are still able to fight. This happens again back in District 13. The president of District 13 sounds the alarm just in time, thanks to a hint in one of Peeta’s cease-fire campaigns he is forced to do for the Capitol. Everyone in District 13 goes to the shelter miles below ground. While down there, they start making war preparations. The first is to kidnap Peeta from the Capitol. They succeed, but the Capitol has altered his memory and he attempts to kill Katniss. The next is to join forces with District 2. Again, many innocent people die, but District 2 joins the rebellion. Next, they start assembling a force to take the Capitol. Katniss, Gale, Peeta, Finnick, and a bunch of others go on a mission to assassinate President Snow, leader of the Capitol. They finally get to his mansion after many deaths, including Katniss’ sister. However, Katniss shoots Coin, the would-be-president, because she is just as bad as Snow. Luckily, Snow is killed anyways by a mob of people. Katniss cannot attend her own trial because she is locked up. Haymitch, one of her friends and her mentor during the Games, got her out of it and took her back to her old, nearly destroyed home in District 12 to live with Peeta.

One of the things I learned about myself reading this book is that I shouldn’t trust people easily. In our society today, many people are too outgoing and get into unfavorable situations quickly. For example, when Peeta returns to District 13 from the Capitol, Katniss should have been more cautious. Instead, she assumed that he had not changed at all. Of course, this is incorrect. After being beaten and threatened by the Capitol for nearly a year, obviously Peeta would have changed. He proves this when he tries to strangle Katniss at their reunion. If Katniss would have been more aware and realized the potential that there might be a problem, she would have not spent the night in the hospital. People should not assume things, either. It is just like making a prediction that influences the way you act. Many times, assumptions are wrong. Why? It’s just a guess. There was no prior conversation or anything, just a hunch. This is what happened with Katniss and Finnick in the second book. When Finnick gave Peeta CPR, she assumed that he was doing it to earn respect from her. She was angered at this. What was really going on is he was trying to protect Peeta. Because Katniss assumed that Finnick was doing this for himself, she had a bias against him. When she found out the real answer, she still found more dark clouds because she had assumed something negative. A final example of this is when Coin trusted Katniss at the end when she was to assassinate Snow. Coin trusted Katniss, and she was wrong in doing so. Because she assumed she could trust Katniss and was wrong, she was shot dead. Coin should have been more cautious and realized what she was up against, but because she was arrogant and consumed with herself, she was killed. From this, I learned that even someone I have known for awhile could be unpredictable. While I should not keep everything to myself, I shouldn’t give away information like it’s rainwater.

Not only did I learn things about myself, but in reading this I learned things about other people, too. One thing I learned about people who are different from me is that they don’t care. This really confuses me. They just do not care about human quality of life or natural rights. President snow is a good example of this. He doesn’t care about his country. All he cares about is getting to eat in a 5 star restaurant and sleep in a 10,000 sq. foot mansion. He became president for his own good, not for the people of his country. He tried to destroy them. He tortured their children in the Hunger Games. Doesn’t he have a sense of righteousness? How can he lie to himself? Does he go to bed every night and say, “Oh, everything will be okay”? Because it won’t. It amazes me how much people can hide things from themselves. Inside he has to know that something is wrong. People can’t just pretend that everything is perfect. He should wake up one morning and say, “Wow, I was stupid”. He was. But, because he doesn’t care, this won’t happen. But, of course, if he cared, this wouldn’t have happened at all. To paraphrase a quote, “A government that is big enough to take away everything is big enough to give it all back”. President Snow should do just that. Wise up. If he cared, then the country would function properly. If he cared, things would be normal.

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Summarizing Suzanne Collins Dystopian Novel Mockingjay

June 7, 2021 by Essay Writer

Mockingjay

Mockingjay is a dystopian novel by Suzanne Collins. It is the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Because the book is dystopian, it takes place in the future. They live in Panem, which is in North America. The Capitol is a wealthy city that is surrounded by twelve (originally thirteen) less rich districts. The Capitol rules all the districts. Things aren’t looking good for Panem, and Katniss Everdeen is in the middle of it.

Katniss has survived the beginning of the war. Her home, District Twelve, is bombed by the Capitol and now she is staying underground where District Thirteen was. The nation is in conflict, the Capitol versus the districts. All districts, aside from District Two, are fighting to not have the Hunger Games and to get rid of the ruthless President Snow. Katniss agrees to be the face of the rebellion and the Mockingjay. So, being a leader in the war, Katniss goes to many battles. Unfortunately, during this, Peeta, Katniss’s good friend, is being tortured by Snow. Even though he is rescued and brought back to District Thirteen, they realize he has been poisoned with Tracker jacker venom. The venom messes up his memory, and Peeta is under the illusion that Katniss is a horrible person. Peeta even tries to strangle her. The doctors eventually cure him so he improves a little but still has feelings of hatred. Katniss starts to prepare for war. She goes into war with Gale, Peeta, her protectors, and a camera crew. They travel through the districts and ultimately get to the Capitol. They are on a mission to kill Snow, but it ends up getting a lot of team members killed. Katniss watches many innocent children on the rebel’s medical team, including her sister Prim, die. The rebels capture President Snow. Before his execution, President Coin, who is in charge of the rebellion, tells the remaining Hunger Games victors to vote on whether the new government should start another Hunger Games to punish the people of the Capitol. It is Katniss’s job to execute President Snow with her signature bow and arrow, but she kills Coin instead. Snow is found dead anyway, probably from choking on his own blood or crushed by the crowd.

Katniss Everdeen is the protagonist of the Hunger Games She came from District Twelve. Katniss likes to go with her gut and does what is best for those she loves. Her father dies in a mining accident, and she becomes the main caretaker for her younger sister Prim. She is a skilled hunter and very independent, which helps her win her first Hunger Games and her spot as the Mockingjay. She has romantic feelings for Gale and Peeta and that confuses her. Peeta Mellark also grew up in District Twelve. Peeta is committed to protecting Katniss no matter what. When he is taken by the Capitol, Snow uses him as a weapon to make Katniss suffer. On Peeta’s arrival to District Thirteen, it is made known that he has been “hijacked”. He thinks Katniss is the enemy, but they both go back to District Twelve. They end up together with two kids. Gale Hawthorne is Katniss’s best friend from District Twelve and is in love with her. But during the rebellion, he creates a weapon that leads to Prim’s death. Katniss can’t forgive him for that. He doesn’t go back to District Twelve and moves to District Two. President Coin is the self-righteous leader of District Thirteen and war against the Capitol. She doesn’t like Katniss but puts up with her because she is a crucial part of the rebellion. She tries to start a new Hunger Games but is publicly killed by Katniss. President Snow is the former President of Panem. He came into power by poisoning his partners and allies. He got rid of suspicion by drinking poison himself. He is defeated and killed in a mob.

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The Choice Between Gale and Peeta in Mockingjay

May 5, 2021 by Essay Writer

Throughout the books, it is inevitable that the series will have a romantic conclusion, and in the middle of the uprising against the Capitol, Gale and Peeta discuss Katniss’ final choice at the end of the war with Gale declaring “Katniss will pick whoever she thinks she can’t survive without” (Mockingjay 329, italics added). This sort of speculation about a female character’s romantic choices trivializes her representation. Katniss herself lashes out against this assessment of Gale’s when she asserts, albeit only to the readers that “…my best friend predicts I will choose the person who I think I “can’t survive without”. There’s not the least indication that love, or desire, or even compatibility will sway me. I’ll just conduct an unfeeling assessment of what my potential mates can offer me. As if in the end, it will be the question of whether a baker or a hunter will extend my longevity the most.” (330)

Her insistence that she is more than her choice of “potential suitors” is however not validated further and loses its power later when the readers are told: …I knew this would have happened anyway. That what I need to survive is not Gale’s fire, kindles with rage and hatred. I have plenty of fire myself. What I need is… the promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again. And only Peeta can give me that. (Mockingjay 388)

The ineluctable nature of her choice, coupled with the explanation or rather justification she offers for it points to the fact that it ceases to be a ‘choice’ anymore. The narrative pushes her into a certain direction that serves to reinforce the idea that she has no autonomy in the matter. The need for a happy ending in the series instigates the ultimate negation of feministic ideals, apart from those that have been already examined. Katniss further undergoes a regressive character development when she gives in to the existing heteronormative, patriarchal paradigm through her removal from the public sphere and induction into a life of domesticity and motherhood. This is exemplified by, as well as established through, her removal from an ‘active’, public sphere of existence, her confinement to “the roles of lover and mother [that] restrict her to the domestic sphere and eclipse her roles as protector and rebel” () and the coming of age nature of the series which insidiously serves to restrict her into a structure of stable passivity disguised as an inevitable maturation into adulthood.

At the end of Mockingjay, Katniss, nearly catatonic with grief over losing her sister Prim, undergoes a trial in absentia for murdering President Coin instead of President Snow. After this trial, she is exiled to District 12. It is not clear what the official duration of her exile is; nevertheless, she presumably chooses to voluntarily isolate herself to the small community that remains within district 12. The larger point, be it that her exile was voluntary or not, is that it “relegated her to a life outside of the political world she played such a central role in” (Tan 37) She is no longer a part of the public realm where she could affect social change– her primary enterprise as the protagonist of a dytopian narrative– and her willing withdrawal (due to trauma or otherwise) from that space is as problematic as her forcible ejection from it. In case of the former, the transition from a fierce agent of change to a reclusive ex-rebel negates her value as ‘Katniss Everdeen’. In the case of the latter, there is an obvious overriding of her agency and a loss of her autonomy.

A similar loss of autonomy may be observed in what is the other side of the coin to Katniss’ eviction from the political public sphere– her confinement to the domestic space. This confinement manifests in her “easy subsumation” into a heterosexual marital structure where she also maintains the “reproductive status quo”. She conform to the dominant discourses of gender and sexuality and furthermore, there is the fact that fantasy as a genre insists upon shattering of societal norms amd conventions. The series’ resolution goes against the spirit of this enterprise.

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Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins: All Our Questions Answered

May 5, 2021 by Essay Writer

Introduction

The Hunger Games Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins is the final book in The Hunger Games trilogy, and carries the resolution to the previous books and quite importantly the answers to the end of the second book (Catching Fire). Mockingjay gives the real feel of life within a war, where nothing is the same and you’re haunted by the memories of two Hunger Games.

The Author

The book is written by Suzanne Collins, who was Born in Hartford, Connecticut, in 1962, Suzanne Collins was the daughter of an Air Force pilot, and her family moved several times when she was young. After proving herself as a talented children’s television writer, Collins published first ever book, Gregor the Overlander, the first book of The Underland Chronicles. In 2008, the first book of The Hunger Games series was published. Collins Hunger Games trilogy was then turned into a very successful movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence.

Summary

The novel begins by explaining the horrible war with the Capitol that left District 13 with little to no resources or living people. But against all odds, the people of District 13 manage to find a way to be self-sufficient beneath the surface of the earth building an entire empire underground. Amid this bizarre living condition, a rally unfolds above ground, district by district, as plans are strategically put in place to launch the ultimate war against President Snow and his men. There is nothing less than a great amount of mental, and physiological w wars that cause much anger and confusion among all leaders of the Panem. While Katniss tries to connect the dots between her position as the Mockingjay, the relationships she can trust and the love she has for both Peeta and Gale, a much more impulsive side to her emerges. In the last few chapters of the book, she emerges as an assassin herself and takes matters into her own hands killing District 13’s leader.

The Great End of the Story

Suzanne Collins skilfully details the process of the revolution, bringing to light a new dawn of courage among the oppressed while piecing together the puzzles from the previous two books. Mockingjay is the reconciliation of civilisation portrayed in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire. As much as it is the designation of an ill-fated dystopian society. Collins allows the chain of events to unfold very quickly in the plot, accurately reflecting a real-time sense of war. In all the suspense that Collins leaves, there is no stone unturned. All our questions that we ask in the beginning of the book (even the previous books) are answered by the time we finish the story. Corruption inevitably invades what’s left of humanity’s innocence as war against the Capitol is waged and fan favourite characters are pulled into the centre of controversial choices. New characters are also introduced as Collins intelligibly gives answers to previously asked questions throughout the book.

Every chapter of the book is tied together with original material and powerful creativity. In the end, the final instalment of the trilogy allows us to live through the tragic and horrible consequences of war, the reunion of lovers and the rebirth of hope for the future of panem. If the success of a story depends on the author’s ability to draw readers in, place them in the shoes of the characters and take them on a surreal, emotional journey, then Collins surely succeeds. Mockingjay easily paves the way for readers to easily read this book without the reader feeling burdened or overwhelmed by the outrageous realities of this horrific violence. But with all that said, Collins also manages to resolve the trilogy with a whole-hearted satisfaction for readers. With both tragedy and hope throughout the entire book, there is a sense of peace with the resolve that Collins writes of – not just as the resolve of the book itself, but the resolve of the trilogy.

This book was truly a great read, as Collins makes the experience of reading dystopian-fiction so easy, as the book is just so fast paced, and exciting, making it almost impossible to be bored of this novel. It answers so many key elements from previous books in the trilogy, that make the book even more excitable.

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The Hunger Games: the Booa and the Movie

May 5, 2021 by Essay Writer

The Hunger Games started out as a book published in 2008 by Suzanne Collins; soon after came Catching Fire and Mockingjay. In 2012, it became a four-part film series. The setting to the story is in a future post-apocalyptic time in a country called Panem. The country is divided into 12 districts, 1 being the most wealthy and 12 being the poorest. Every year the government, which is called the Capitol, chooses a boy and a girl from each district to participate in what is called The Hunger Games. The plot to the story begins when the main character Katniss volunteers as tribute when her little sister’s name is chosen.

This story presents itself to me as the perfect heroine’s journey which is one of the many ways this book has mythological allusions. Katniss is a teenage girl living with her depressed mother and child sister basically being the man of the house after her father died in a tragic coal mining incident. She has excellent hunting and survival skills and this is very well known to her entire District. After her father’s death she is left to provide food for her family, which is very difficult considering that they live in the poorest district of Panem.

Once all tributes are chosen for the Hunger Games, they are placed into an arena created by the Capitol and have to overcome a series of obstacles and threats. The game continues until there is only one survivor; that survivor is then flourished with a lifetime of food and a home to live in. This part of the text actually reminded me a lot of Roman mythology, when men would have to fight each other to the death, along with vicious animals such as lions to finish off any survivors, in the Coliseum for the Kings to watch for entertainment. In The Hunger Games, while tributes were in the arena, the Capitol would send in mutated wolves, aggressive monkeys, and other ferocious mutated things to make it even more difficult for survival. Panem, the name of the country where this is taking place, is actually mentioned in a Roman saying “panem et circenses” which I learned translates to “bread and entertainment”; The Capitol exchanged food for entertainment a.k.a The Hunger Games!

Another framework of Mythology about this text is sacrifice. Sacrifices play a major role in mythological literature and as does in this story. An example includes when Katniss volunteers to take her sister’s place in The Hunger Games and also later on in the story, risks her life so that Peta, the male tribute from her District, can live and bring back the wealth to their District because she felt he deserved it more than she did.

One more illusion of mythology that are related to The Hunger Games was Greek mythology. Specifically the story of Theseus and the Labyrinth. After watching The Hunger Games for the 10th time, I was wondering why the plot seems so familiar then I remembered the main point of this myth. In Athens, every nine years seven maidens and seven youths would be sent to confront a Minotaur that once killed someone’s son and made them extremely angry which is why this was sentenced in the first place. Suzanne Collin, the author of The Hunger Games, even confirmed in an interview that this myth is where she got a lot of her great ideas for the book.

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