What is the major conflict in Mockingjay?

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mrs-campbell eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The major conflict is between all of the districts and the capital; during the entire book, these two main groups are fighting with each other.  The conflict is over who will gain control in the end--will it be the materialistic capital who has been in charge for so long now, oppressing its people and using them for slave labor?  Or will it be the leadership of District 13, who have been staging a rebellion for years?   It is through this conflict, that is played out in District 12, Disctrict 12, and the capital streets itself, that is such a good showcasing for rather serious themes of war, violence, power and greed that are evident throughout the book.

Minor conflicts erupt between Katniss and various characters throughout the book, but the major conflict lies in the larger picture of the battle for power between the districts and the capital. I hope that helps; good luck!


rtsaindon | Student

I agree with Mrs. Campbell in all areas, but I would throw out this idea to you. I think a major conflict in this story is between Katniss and herself. I think she struggles a lot in this story with herself and defining who she is, what she stands for, and what she wants. An example is the confusion she feels when Peeta is "transformed" into this person who is threaten and hates her. She didn't know how to deal with his affection earlier and now that it's gone, she doesn't know how to deal with that either. Another example is when she's being tested to go into battle and they place her that mock war scene. She has to figure out what they're using against her and it dawns on her that she never listens to direction. I think this struggle can be seen in all the books, but becomes more prevalent in this book.

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