Hunger Games: Mocking jay In the beginning, Katniss Everdeen wakes to tell her story from the first person point of view. It is a day of reaping, and Katniss sees Primrose, her young sister, sleeping beside their mother across the room (Collins 3). She sets off for hunting that morning from Seam, where her family stays. Seam is part of the District 12, where the family’s residential place is situated at the edge of the District and high raised fence demarcates their home. Katniss scrolled under the fence and into the wood to hunt. She acquired her hunting skills at the age of eleven from her late father who died from a mine explosion. Even though poaching and trespassing into the wood is illegal, hunters defy the rules, and Katniss even sells meat to the game warden.
The two passages present the theme of suffering as entertainment. The first passage introduces Katniss, who wakes up to tell her story. Her suffering state is evident when she has to go and hunt. Katniss is only sixteen years old, but she has to support her family through illegal hunting. Surprisingly, even the game wardens mandated to enforce the law of no trespass to the wood buy meat from Katniss despite their knowledge that poaching is illegal. The inference of this is that nobody is ready to act and alleviate suffering among society members. Experiences of illegal poaching and misuse of resources in the environment are real in life. Poverty is a major cause of natural resource exploitation among society members.
In the middle passages, the story features Katniss running to escape the fire started by Gamemakers. Smoke from the fire chokes her, and she begins to vomit. As she was recovering from the vomit, a fireball explodes near her that she tries to evade it by running away but, unfortunately, the fireball finally find her. Katniss, however, manages to put the fire out though her hands have severe injuries. After successfully putting the fire out, she walks into a nearby small pool. She finds the water in a pool to sooth her burns (Collins 204). While at the pool, she realizes that she needs to proceed with her journey but she cannot bear the pain in case she removes her burnt legs from the pool and so she spends another day recovering at the pool.
The fire attack on Katniss highlights the theme of suffering as entertainment. Gamemakers started the fire to entertain their audiences at home. The aim of stopping the fireball from killing her is to prolong her entertainment. Another thematic concern raised in these passages is inequality between rich and poor society members. Katniss, who is from a poor family, does not have access to essential services such as healthcare. She has to put her burnt leg at the pool for a whole day to reduce the pain. The passages identify with similar experiences in my life when there is no immediate attention to problems. Access to healthcare is a serious challenge that most accident victims experience.
In the last part of the book, Coin and Boggs disagree over sending Peeta to the unit. Katniss becomes a martyr. If she dies during her quest to assassinate Snow, she will desert the unit. The unit games on ‘real or not real’ game developed by Jackson and Peeta gets involved. Propo recording ‘star squad’ frustrates Plutarch and Coin and they send the unit to disengage pods using a bomb during which Boggs blows his legs. The weapon is destructive and chaotic prompting Katniss to help injured Boggs. Boggs rewards her by transferring command of Holo (Collins 316). Mitchell dies while protecting Katniss from Peeta. Katniss becomes the leader of the unit and guides them to assassinate President Snow. Meanwhile, a television enunciates them dead. The unit feels safe but has to decide whether to kill the rogue Peeta.
The theme of reality is eminent in these chapters. Peeta struggles to comprehend whether his memories are real or if they originate from Capitol. He manages to make knots using the rope Finnick gave him. The rope reminds Katniss of being gentle to Peeta. These events revoke Katniss memories of her love to Peeta, which reconnects their feelings. Moreover, destruction is symbolic of reality. The reality of the bombs, death and smoke moves the unit closer to Capitol. Transfer of power to Katniss by Boggs is justified because Boggs had knowledge of Katniss’ intention to assassinate Snow.
In life, it is necessary to embrace the virtues of trust and acceptance. Boggs accepts that he cannot carry on the mantle and hands it over willingly to Katniss. In addition, memories of the past may not be delightful. Katniss has to let go the love she had for Peeta even though much they were admirable.
Collins, Suzanne. Mockingjay (The Final Book of the Hunger Games). New York, NY: Scholastic Inc., 2010. Print.