Mockingjay
Suzanne Collins
Contributed by Loretta Ingwersen
Chapter 15
Summary

Gale’s suggestion received mix reactions from the others. The people of District 2 are innocent. Katniss realizes that Gale is potentially dangerous because of his sacrificial tendencies. Boggs suggested a compromise in which they still use Gale’s plan, but they have to take the survivors as prisoners of war instead. Katniss takes part with the attack on The Nut as the Mockingjay. Their plan works and the avalanche traps everyone inside. Katniss has a flashback of when her father got trapped during the mining accident. Haymitch makes her snap out of it by screaming to her via her earpiece. She goes inside and feels relieved when Boggs told her that they went with the prisoner of war tactic. Any survivors will be taken to the train station, where other rebels are waiting.

Haymitch informs Katniss that Peeta remembered an encounter with Katniss’ father singing “The Hanging Tree”, the same song she sang for a propos. Haymitch tells Katniss to act as a Mockingjay and recite a speech encouraging the survivors to turn themselves in instead. Just as she was about to start, survivors started coming out. She tells the rebels to stop from attacking, with her running out to defend a survivor. She tells the rebel that they’ve all suffered in the same way and were used by other people for their personal gain. She commands the rebel to kill her, as it was what the Capitol would have wanted. She encourages everyone to join together and not fight each other, but rather together against the Capitol—until she gets shot.

Analysis

Katniss’ hard headedness put people into danger once again. This time, causing more innocent lives to be killed.

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