The Mockingjay

The Victory of Fate

Maaño, Pauline R.

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               Katniss go back to District 12, her sweet home before all these happened. After being rescued from the Quarter Quell arena, Katniss has been living in District 13, the District all of Panem, thought had been decimated, but was actually home to the Capitol’s secret nuclear development program. District 13 was later leveraged the nuclear arsenal to threaten the Capitol and gain autonomy.

               Katniss, her mother, Gale, and Prim are living in District 13’s vast underground separated from Coin. Katniss does not quite trust Coin yet. The said District just watched other districts suffer from President Snow. Coin needed Katniss, the Mockingjay, to be the symbol of the rebellion and rally the other Districts’ support. Katniss said that she will only agree if Coin follows her which has been immediately accepted by Coin. Coin added that if Katniss deviates from the mission, “it will be viewed a break in the agreement.”

               As a mockingjay, Katniss was ordered to create a film named “propos” – televised calls for resistance. Fulvia  tries to put Katniss on a stage to perform scripted lines, but she fails so badly that it makes everyone laugh. Everyone soon agrees that Katniss is at her best when she is natural.

               Katniss also visits a hospital in distrct 8 wherein she met Commander Paylor. Katniss’s production team Cressida,Messalla, Castor, and Pollux film her meeting the patients. Katniss has been an ispiration there for them to keep going. While Katniss is there, the Capitol attacks District 8, including the hospital. Katniss, riled up, is performs passionately for the camera, announcing to the Capitol: “If we burn you, you burn with us!” As a result of Katniss’s statement, the Capitol televises Peeta begging her to call for a ceasefire. During the broadcast, he alerts District 13 of an imminent attack and is severely beaten. However, his warning helps the rebels quickly call for a lockdown, weathering the three-day attack without any casualties. Katniss feels so guilty about Peeta’s circumstances that she can no longer fulfill her duties as Mockingjay.

               Rebels decide to mount a mission to rescue Peeta (and Annie). Meanwhile, Katniss and Finnick film new propos in which Finnick reveals all the secrets he knows about prominent Capitol citizens.

             The rescue is successful and Peeta, Annie Cresta, andJohanna Mason all return to District 13. Katniss is overjoyed to see Peeta, but his first reaction to her presence is an attempt to strangle her. She finds out that the Capitol has “hijacked” Peeta; he is now programmed to think that Katniss is his mortal enemy. Meanwhile, Katniss is needed in District 2, which is the only holdout in the uprising. In order to gain control over 2, the rebels must ruin “the Nut,” the mountain in which the Capitol keeps all its weaponry. Gale comes up with the ruthless idea to create avalanches but it will just make the situation worse.

               President Coin supports Gale’s plan, and refused Katniss’s. However, Gale’s plan succeeded. Katniss, though shaken, must use this opportunity to demand the Capitol step down since it’s clear they are losing ground. However, while she is filming, two trains full of survivors come careening out of the Nut, many of them armed. Katniss was too tired and cannot take it anymore. She tried to negotiate with district 2 and she was also being shot in the process.

               Back in District 13, Peeta has become calmer but still addresses Katniss in a hostile tone. The loyal Peeta can now see the imperfections and flaws of Katniss. Meanwhile, Finnick and Annie get married. After the rebels have had time to regroup, they start to prepare for the final battle: taking down the Capitol.

               Katniss was grouped to Squad 451 (a group of Sharpshooters led by Boggs). Together with Gale, they disappointed to find out that Squad 451 will be the “Star Squad,” or the public face of the rebellion. They won’t be active in battle but of course, they are always ready to fight whenever something happens.

               Suddenly, Katniss realizes that Coin wants her dead. The Star Squad faces tragedy again while filming a complex fake battle sequence – Boggs triggers a pod that blows off his legs. Another pod unleashes a wave of toxic black gel, and yet another kills Soldier Mitchell. Before Boggs dies, he transfers his Holo to Katniss and tells her not to go back to District 13.

              Squad 451 moves forward through the Capitol with Katniss in the lead. A televised Capitol broadcast said that the member of Katniss’s group, whick is the Squad 451 are all dead. After watching himself nearly kill Katniss on television, Peeta decides that he should die, and only Katniss can talk him into continuing. Pollux leads them into the maintenance shafts below the Capitol. Only Pollux, Gale, Cressida, Peeta, and Katniss manage to escape alive. Cressida leads them into a grimy store selling fur underwear run by Tigris, there was also a Hunger Games stylist sympathizer.  Tigris offers Squad 451 refuge in her hidden basement.

             The next day, most of the Capitol citizens have been evacuated. Upon hearing that the more fortunate Capitol homes (even President Snow’s) are taking in refugees, Katniss decides to refocus on her mission to kill Snow. Tigris disguises the rebels and they take off – Cressida and Pollux are the guides, Katniss and Gale are the refugees looking for shelter, and Peeta is there to create a distraction if needed. They are quickly separated and Katniss reaches Snow’s mansion alone. She saw children gathered at her lawn to become her actual shield. And the bombing happened.  Just as the rebel medics (including Prim) rush in to help, the bombs explode again. Prim is killed and Katniss is badly burned.

            At the Capitol hosptital, Katniss awaken from her hospital bed, the rebels have won the war and Coin rules over Panem. When wandering around the President’s mansion in a daze, Katniss comes upon the fallen President Snow, chained and dying in a a room full of roses.He tells her that Coin planned everything even to kill Prim. While Katniss and Snow were focused on destroying each other, Coin managed to manipulate them both and take over Panem without compromising District 13.

              During the victory ceremony, Katniss fires her ceremonial arrow into Coin, even though Snow is standing right next to her.Haymitch tells her that her trial is over – Plutarch and Dr. Aurelius argued that Katniss acted out of insanity, securing her freedom. She’s now free to go home to District 12. Commander Paylor is now president. Back in District 12, Katniss struggled to put herself back together. Gale gets a fancy job in District 2, and Katniss’s mother is starting a hospital in District 4. Soon, Peeta returns to District 12 and he and Katniss grow back together. And they lived happily ever after!

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