A Question about Katniss Everdeen
Warning: this post will contain major spoilers regarding The Hunger Games trilogy. Enter the arena at your own risk.
Mockingjay, the final book in The Hunger Games series, didn’t work for me as well as the first two novels, but Suzanne Collins picked up the pace after a meandering beginning. I dug the bleak climax and conclusion, which made it clear that Collins wasn’t critiquing totalitarian societies per se, but rather a culture of death that can infect anyone and any society.
The rebel leaders prove no more respectful of life than the high and mighty of the Capitol. Peeta begs for a violent end to remove him as a threat. Katniss assassinates Coin on a hunch.
I’m curious to know how readers interpreted Katniss’s vocal support of a final hunger games as an act of vengeance against Snow and the Capitol. On first reading, I took Katniss to have fully succumbed to her world’s all-consuming enmity, but my wife thought she was bluffing to stay a player in Coin’s inner circle. I looked again at the text and agree with my perceptive spouse. The basis of support that Katniss gives–Prim–makes no sense given her suspicion that Coin and Gale were responsible for her sister’s death. As a bluff, however, it makes perfect sense. Her weighing all her option, thinking “everything through,” staring at the rose throughout the vote, and wondering how well Haymitch understands her also suggest deception.
Collins doesn’t spell out exactly what her heroine is up to, though, so there’s some room for multiple interpretations. How did you read this scene?
(Image via George Takei)