How does the theme of loyalty create balance in the book Catching Fire?I'm writing an essay about this book, and I need help finding out how the theme of loyalty creates balance in the book...

How does the theme of loyalty create balance in the book Catching Fire?

I'm writing an essay about this book, and I need help finding out how the theme of loyalty creates balance in the book Catching Fire.

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In the novel, Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, the theme of loyalty creates balance in the book. Katniss's feelings about the Games are quite clear, "If it were up to me, I would try to forget the Hunger Games entirely." Despite her feelings,  many forms of loyalty appear in the story.  One example occurs early in the novel when Katniss is giving speeches in her obligatory tour for the Capitol.  One of the listeners begins the mockingjay song which the rebellion has used as a symbol, and Katniss can only watch when the singer is killed by the guards.  When Katniss again must fight as the representative of her district, she is caught between her loyalty and love for Gale and her loyalty to Peeta who has saved her before and becomes the mentor in place of Haymitch to keep Katniss safe.  Katniss can only watch helplessly when her loyal dressmaker Cinna makes her a dress which turns into the mockingjay symbol and Cinna is beaten mercilessly before her by the Capitol  guards.  Finnick O'Dair is also someone whose loyalty to Katniss, arranged by Haymitch, is a question mark, but he proves his loyalty to her several times over.  By the end of the book, loyalty is a balance for Katniss as it seems there is never a clear cut path, but each path chosen is balanced by another.  Katniss and her family are safe, but district 12 has been destroyed as punishment for her support of the rebellion.

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