Welcome to Week 3 of our
Mockingjay Reading Group
In Chapters 6-12,
we find out just how far the Capitol is willing to go
to break Katniss.
At the beginning of Chapter 6,
Katniss has heard Haymitch's voice for the first time since that
fateful night during the Quarter Quell,
when she realized that he had played her as a pawn in the his game against the Capitol. That's when Haymitch does what Haymitch does best,
he provokes Katniss to perform.
I love Haymitch's role as the antagonist.
I love the way he knows how to get under Katniss' skin.
He know's what she's capable of and he propels her to perform at her best. If it weren't for him showing up, the flop of a propo she had filmed the day before would have been what the Districts and the Capitol saw...the first glimpse at the Mockingjay would have been a huge failure. But it was Haymitch that made Coin and Plutarch see that they NEEDED to put Katniss in her element.
Awe, Katniss and Haymitch working together again. Sweetheart.
My favorite quote from that chapter is when Boggs says to Katniss "Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear."
*insert visual image*
In chapter 7, they descend on District 8.
Katniss and Gale witness the harsh conditions and the pain and suffering of the Districts first-hand. They see how the Capitol has no respect for people or age. They have targeted men and women, young and old. In the midst of their tour of District 8, the Capitol sends hoverplanes to bomb the area. Katniss and Gale decide to take action, against Plutarch and Coin's wishes. They finally get to put their bows to use again...against the Capitol.
Chapter 8, is when the propo of Katniss as
THE Mockingjay is aired.
I can imagine that video being so powerful.
I tried to put myself in the shoes of someone out there in one of those Districts.
What would I have thought of that propo?
Would I have wanted to join the rebellion?
I say, yes.
Toward the end of Chapter 8, Katniss sees the video of Peeta. She sees that the healthy, "clear-eyed" boy from 5 days earlier had been turned into something almost unrecognizable. Her and Finnick agree to not tell anyone that they saw the footage. No one mentions Peeta to them.
In Chapter 9, Katniss questions why Gale hasn't mentioned the footage of Peeta. She takes herself back to Peeta's warning...telling her to question Coin and District 13...to question the rebellion. I find the part where Katniss sings The Hanging Tree to be so eerie. What did you think while reading this part? Did you start to try to piece together the ending?
Would Katniss die as a way of
sacrificing herself for the rebellion?
Would her and Gale die together...
or her and Peeta perhaps?
What were your thoughts?
Katniss and Gale
make a trip to District 12.
Katniss films footage for Peeta showing him that there is nothing left of "home" and asking him if he really wants to call a "cease fire" for this...rubble and ashes.
It was there in the kitchen of Katniss' Victor house that Gale tells her that the only time he gets her attention is when he's in pain. He reminds her that she kissed him for the first time that night he laid on the table in the kitchen after being beaten. He said he knew she would kiss him...because he was in pain.
At the end of this chapter is when Peeta gives the warning to District 13. He also pays the price for that warning.
I know I said that we would discuss up to Chapter 12 this week, but I think we should pick up with Chapter 10 next week and discuss "The Assault" in its entirety. Makes more sense that way.
Don't you think?
So, tell me what your thoughts are up to this point.
What was going through your head
while reading these last few chapters?
I want to know!
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