The Use Of Symbolism In Catching Fire (2009)

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Symbolism is a notable feature in Catching Fire (2009) . Through symbolism , Suzanne Collins manages to paint Katniss as the ultimate embodiment of rebellion through transferring her into a mockingjay . " A mockingjay is a creature the Capitol never intended to exist"(92), as it is a result of the Capitol's usage of the japperjays which were sent to spy on the rebels. However, the japperjays failed in their mission so the Capitol left them to die ,but they managed to survive through mating to female mockingbirds . This proves that the existence of the mockingjays is an act of rebellion in itself , an act of defiance excuted by the Capitol's own invention , long before Katniss has been born. . While in the Capitol , Katniss realizes that her mockingjay pin that has been given to her by her friend Magde who has inherited it from her aunt Maysilee Donner, a form District 12 tribute who has lost her life in the 2nd Quarter Quill, been turned into a fashion trend " replicated on belt buckles, embroidered into silk lapels, even tattooed in intimate places"(78). Unknown to Katniss at this point , the mockingjay has also been taken as a symbol by the rebels who use it to identify themselves . For instance , Twill stamps the image of the mockingjay on a loaf of bread and Plutarch has it on watch. .
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