What one object would symbolize the protaganist, antagonist, the setting, the major conflict, and the theme of Mockingjay?  

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Perhaps the central symbol of Mockingjay is the mockingjay itself. A symbol is a thing that represents something else. In Collins's dystopian future, scientists are able to splice genes in order to create new creatures, known as muttations. The mockingjay is a bird that was created by the Capitol. However, when the Capitol tried to destroy these birds, they managed to survive and became a symbol of both the Capitol's fallibility and of resistance against its authority. When Katniss first entered the Hunger Games, she wore a mockingjay broach and her defiance of the capitol's will, which is shown when she forces the Capitol to let both her and Peeta survive the games in The Hunger Games. In Mockingjay, Katniss becomes the face of the revolution in her promotional ads and Katniss herself is referred to as the mockingjay. Mockingjay is largely about the defiance of Katniss and her rebel allies against the Capitol. So it is not surprising that Collins has chosen to entitle her story "Mockingjay" as the mockingjay itself is so strongly associated with the novel's conflict between the rebels and the Capitol, its themes of defiance, and its science fiction setting.

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