"If a girl from District 12 of all places can defy the Capitol and walk away unharmed, what is to stop them from doing the same?" (page 21) President Snow surprises Katniss at her house and they have a serious, in-depth conversation. Snow informs Katniss of the major problem she has created for the Capitol. Her actions in the previous Hunger Games have led people in the Districts to believe that the Capitol can be overthrown. When Katniss and Peeta ate the poisonous berries to commit suicide and make sure there were no victors, people saw this act as defying the Capitol. The idea of rebellion spread rapidly. If she of all people can break the rules like this, why can’t everyone else? This quotation suggests that society can be strongly influenced by the actions of one person. It also reveals that the Capitol is weak as it can potentially become corrupt by a handful of berries.

"Not only are we in the districts forced to remember the iron grip of the Capitol's power each year, we are forced to celebrate it. And this year, I am one of the stars of the show. I will have to travel from district to district, to stand before the cheering crowds who secretly loathe me, to look down into the faces of the families whose children I have killed." (page 4) As a victor of the games, Katniss must take part in a tour where she is meant to be applauded for her victory. However, rather than being celebrated, she is secretly loathed by the people in the Districts. This is because she is responsible for killing the children of families within each District. This quote speaks to the dichotomy of the values held by the Capitol versus those of the people in the Districts. On the one hand, the Capitol places high value on people in the Districts admiring the victors. On the other hand, ironically, these people are falsely cheering the stars of the show when in fact secretly they loathe them.

Food is an important element in this novel as its availability clearly defines which geographical location people are in. Those who have an abundance of food live in the Capitol where food is a strong symbol of wealth and prosperity. In contrast, people living in the Districts have a severe shortage of food and are on the brink of starvation. These folk often have to resort to poaching as an essential survival skill to make ends meet. 

Buttercup is Primrose's cat. Katniss never really liked Buttercup when they lived in their shack in the seam.  However, everything changed when Katniss won the Hunger Games. Her and her family were relocated to affluent accommodation in Victors Village. Buttercup, like Katniss, dislikes their new house and still finds comfort in their old home.  The bond together because of they both dislike their new home. Buttercup helps us understand the difference between their old life in District 12 (when living in the seam) versus their new, richer life in Victors Village.

The rose is an important physical object that reveals the true nature of the Capitol. When Katniss returns home she finds President Snow sitting at a desk in her study. From across the desk, the rose in President Snow’s lapel wreaks of blood. This is because the rose has been genetically enhanced like everything else in the Capitol. This symbolizes how the Capitol is artificial and fake.

The mocking jay pin represents freedom of the people in the Districts and their moral attitudes towards rebellion against the Capitol.  


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