The Hunger games remain to be one of the most influential book series of the 21st century, in the series last book the Mocking Jay many issues of our current society can be vividly seen in its lines. As the Hunger Games final and most climatic book, the Mockingjay and the entire series can be interpreted in a wide array of angles but there is one angle of interpretation that is often ignored and not talked about. That is the idea that the most effective weapon to take control of a population is media, and often the good and bad uses the media as a mask to deceive the people in order to win support. In a world like this, who is the good guy?
[spoiler alert! This might spoil the ending to the Mockingjay for you}
Now using the idea of the hunger games is a war of media and deception, I redesigned my own Mockingjay book cover. The biggest change, of course, is the cover picture. Now you might think that it is outlandish to choose such an unusual picture as the cover photo for The Mockingjay, but in fact, it closely reflects a theme that has been happening throughout the story. The power of media and its ability to deceive people. In Chapter 26, Page369, President Coin proposing that a last symbolic hunger Games are to be held, “What has been proposed is that in lieu of eliminating the entire Capitol population, we have a final, symbolic Hunger Games, using the children directly related to those who held the most power.” From this, we can infer that president Coin, a character who on national television condemned the hunger games and the governing of president snow, wanted to replace the capital and create her own tyrannical government. More importantly on chapter 22 page357, “My failure,” says Snow, “was being so slow to grasp Coin’s plan. To let the Capitol and districts destroy one another, and then step in to take power with Thirteen barely scratched. Make no mistake, she was intending to take my place right from the beginning. I shouldn’t be surprised. After all, it was Thirteen that started the rebellion that led to the Dark Days, and then abandoned the rest of the districts when the tide turned against it. But I wasn’t watching Coin. I was watching you, Mockingjay. And you were watching me. I’m afraid we have both been played for fools.” This Furthermore strengthened the idea that president Coin, who from the beginning seemed to be on the side of freedom and democracy was actually trying to use the rebellion to build her own tyrannical government. Thus making the conflict of the Mockingjay and the entire hunger games series even more complex, from the first and second books, Man vs society, man vs Government, to the third book’s Man vs Man. The surprise reveal of president Coin’s true intension after the climax was the reason that I chose a mask as the cover photo, the mask represented good but what lies underneath you don’t really know. The second thing that should stand out on the book cover is where it reads “the greatest weapon of all, the power of media”, I chose to include this is because this was a theme that people miss out on. Straight from the beginning, we learn that the hunger game is not just a television show for entertainment purposes but rather a way of inserting fear to control the 12 districts of Panem, and the story of Mockingjay tells us what propaganda can do. In the falling action, there is much evidence that media was the key to the success of the rebellion. “You’re going to be as useful to the war effort as possible,” Plutarch says. “And it’s just been decided that you are of most value on television. Just look at the effect Katniss had running around in that Mockingjay suit. Turned the whole rebellion around. Do you notice how she’s the only one not complaining? It’s because she understands the power of that screen.” Quote Plutarch Heavensbee, pg. 257. All in all, the resolution part of the Mockingjay really gives a well-deserved ending to the book, it leaves the reader thinking about how the ideas of the book relate to their own life. It is truly a great way to end a series so influential as the Hunger Games.
learn more about the author here Suzane Collins