Totalitarianism In Mockingjay

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Mockingjay Extra Credit Essay In Suzanne Collin’s book Mockingjay, Collins explores the deprivation of morality through the totalitarian regime of the society of Panem. Following the Quarter Quell, the heroic protagonist Katniss Everdeen becomes the symbol of hope for the rebellion against the tyrannical Capitol. The whole novel establishes the theme of manipulative gameplay similar to the Hunger Games, in which high officials exploit their weak subjects for personal gain and fear. Thus, the rebellion represents the conflict against manipulation, deception, and moral depravity set forth by the dictatorial rule of the Capitol. The conflict arises between the main protagonist Katniss Everdeen and her society. After being forced to fight …show more content…
In the beginning of the novel, Katniss endures the pain of losing her home District 12, which is now turned into ashes. The ashes symbolize the destruction of the lives and the homes caused by the Capitol’s regime. In addition, the setting of the novel in District 13 and in the Capitol parallels the totalitarian governments, in which Katniss is forced to stage propaganda and promote false truths as her role similar to the role she played during the Hunger Games. Both governments kill innocent children, exploit their subjects, control and manipulate people, stage media, and desire power. Although District 13 is more or less the good side of the war, it is no different than the Capitol through its control and deception. For example, Katniss reveals that “in some ways, District 13 is even more controlling than the Capitol” (Collins 34). Thus, Katniss eliminates both leaders President Coin and President Snow to end any tyrannical rule that exercises savagery and …show more content…
Humanity exploits, manipulates, and harms the weak similar to a parasitic relationship. Katniss Everdeen constantly battles controlling forces in order to establish her freedom and reappoint moral values in the society. She eventually restores order and peace among the districts but at great costs of sacrifice and love. Thus, Katniss’s leadership and actions produce hope and freedom to all districts that no longer have to live in fear of the cruelty of power-hungry governments. However, humans are still cruel and manipulative in spite of winning the war against tyranny; either way, humans are still subject to a game of survival that often leads to violence and

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