Suzanne Collins’ official Hunger Games prequel romance, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, has uncovered the real reason the Mockingjay was so potent a badge of the fight. Katniss Everdeen unintentionally gave the ire of the Capitol when she wore a pin representing a mockingjay, and it went on to become the typify of the rebellion against President Snow.

According to the previous journals and movies, the mockingjays was just an unintentional muttation created by the Capitol during their war with the Regions. The Capitol genetically engineered a scoot of fowls announced jabberjays, intended to be a biological spy mechanism. During day, the jabberjays would spread through the woodlands, ‘recording’ all the ambient chatter they sounds – hopefully included rebel secrets. They’d then be recalled at night, and the recordings would give the Capitol insight into the rebellion’s projects. Regrettably, the Capitol hadn’t reckoned on the jabberjays copulating with female mockingbirds, creating a whole new genus – the mockingjay. To the Capitol, the mockingjays typified a world beyond their ascendancy, a challenge to their authority.

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Collins’ prequel novel, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes, contributes added context to the Capitol’s hatred of the mockingjays. The fledglings had determined at District 12, and they were drawn to any enormous conclude of parties, where they enjoyed listening to the hubbubs. At the time, the most common contests were state-sanctioned implementations, and the mockingjays would regularly pick up a victim’s last words. This led to a pitch-dark, but eventually sarcastic, saying; “It’s not over until the mockingjay sings.”

President Snow had a particular hatred of the mockingbird, which he had encountered as a boy when he worked as a peacekeeper. He would always affiliate the animals with Lucy Gray, a vocalist in District 12 he desired; the mockingjays experienced her singing, and regularly echoed her anthems. Lucy Gray recognise Snow’s character, and she abandoned him, vanishing – possibly even dying in a wintertime cyclone. Meanwhile, for the Capitol, the last straw was when peacekeepers executed a deserter – and for hours the mockingjays resonated his last word, “Ma! ” To the Capitol, this turned the mockingjays into an echoed offend to their authority, a reminder of a traitor’s humanity.

This new context concludes the mockingjay especially sarcastic. There can be no doubt Katniss’ mockingjay pin was taken by Snow as a personal insult, leading to his launching a vendetta against her. In the end, Katniss – called the Mockingjay – became the leader of the rebellion and her pin became its badge. It’s reasonable to assume that, as he awaited his implementation after the rebellion’s victory, President Snow retained the old-fashioned adage; “It isn’t over until the mockingjay sings.”

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