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Describe a literary element or device in the book Mockingjay.please provide a quote and...

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iloveswimming... | Student | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted February 16, 2012 at 10:26 AM via web

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Describe a literary element or device in the book Mockingjay.

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and how does the use of the device serve the author? (does it emphasize something important?, does it create tension..)

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted April 28, 2012 at 9:52 PM (Answer #2)

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In Mockingjay, Suzanne Collins uses the symbolism of President Snow's white rose to foreshadow future conflict. 

In her house in the Victor's Village, Katniss Everdeen finds a "dab of white [that] peeks out of a vase of dried flowers" (14).  On closer inspection, Katniss discovers that it is a "fresh white rose.  Perfect. Down to the last thorn and silken petal" (14). 

Katniss reels from the realization that the rose is from President Snow, "a promise of revenge" (15).  Collins uses this moment in the novel, Katniss' horrified discovery to foreshadow the looming conflict to come between President Snow and Katniss Everdeen.  The snow white flower is as much of a reminder for Katniss as it is for the reader, sending the message that there is still much to come from both of the characters. 

Ultimately, Katniss and President Snow will have to deal with their "unfinished business" (15). 


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