The Hunger Games

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Mockingjays Symbol Analysis

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Bread is also a catalyst for change in The Hunger Games. First, there’s Katniss’s memory of the time Peeta saved her life by throwing burnt bread loaves her way. His act of kindness gave her hope and made her realize that there was a way she could keep her family alive—by foraging and hunting in the woods. And then, during the Games, Rue’s district sends Katniss a loaf of bread to signal their appreciation for her treatment of Rue. In this unprecedented demonstration of solidarity between districts, there’s a threat to the order of the Capitol, which relies on division of the districts in order to maintain control.
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Mockingjays Symbol Timeline in The Hunger Games

The timeline below shows where the symbol Mockingjays appears in The Hunger Games. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
Societal Inequality Theme Icon it for the first time, realizing that the bird depicted on it is a mockingjay. (full context)
Division and Control Theme Icon
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Mockingjays are something of a slap in the face to the Capitol. During the rebellion, the... (full context)
Chapter 16
Love, Loyalty, and Compassion Theme Icon she can’t get back to the camp in time. If she sings it, the mockingjays in the area will pick it up and the other person will know that the... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...ran into trouble along the way, Katniss goes to search for her. She hears some mockingjays singing Rue’s four-note melody and sings it back. Suddenly, Katniss hears a child’s scream, and... (full context)
Chapter 24
Division and Control Theme Icon
Love, Loyalty, and Compassion Theme Icon
...They wait in the open. As they wait, Katniss sings Rue’s four-note melody to the mockingjays, and they pick it up. Suddenly, however, the mockingjays’ songs turn into shrieking, and Peeta... (full context)
Chapter 27
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Katniss and Peeta gather their things—just the mockingjay pin for Katniss—and they head to the train. They’ll have to travel again soon to... (full context)