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- Katniss receives bread from District 11 during the games (after Rue's death)

- Tesserae bread is flat and dense which is appropriate in this context.

- Panem also means ‘life and ecstacy'; "pan" is Spanish for bread!

- Peeta's name = pita bread

and Dandelion. (Represents hope).''' - Katniss sees Peeta at school then sees a ton of dandelions which she eats to keep herself and her family from starvation. It gives them hope of life.

- While Katniss is on the train, she throws the cookies Peeta's father had given her out the window. The cookies hit a pack of dandelions, giving Katniss hope to not give up on life during the Games.

Mockingjay. (Represents rebellion, survival, and ability to adapt)

- The jabberjays are a "slap in the face" to the Capitol because they were only male and expected to die off, but instead they mated with female mockingbirds creating a new species that wasn't supposed to exist.

- Madge (the mayor’s daughter and Katniss' friend) gave Katniss a mockingjay pin for her to wear as a District token for the games and later became the symbol for rebellion after Katniss brought up the berries in the city.

- Katniss herself also represents a mockingjay because, like the mockingjay Katniss comes from two different kinds (Seam and merchant, her father was from the Seam whereas her mother was from merchant class). In Mockingjay she later becomes the mockingjay which is the leader for the rebellion. Peeta (Represents friendship, love and sacrifice)

'The Silent Salute (Represents respect, gratitude)'

- When Katniss volunteers to take Prim's place during the reaping, everyone gives her the salute.

- When Rue dies, Katniss gives her the salute and says good-bye.

The Woods (Represents survival, the world beyond District 12, danger and rebellion)

- Katniss' dad taught her to hunt in the woods. After he died she would go in alone.

- Katniss gets most of the food from the woods to survive and overcome starvation for herself and her family

- Katniss meets Gale in the woods (the only person whom she can be herself around)

- There are a lot of dangers in the woods, but Katniss’ took the risk in entering it

-Katniss first saw the red haired Avox girl in the woods with Gale

Katniss (From arrow head to plant) (Represents survival, her skills with and arrow [visual symbolism] that she is named after a plant that is shaped like an arrow.)

- Katniss finds "herself" in the woods with her dad. Once she "finds herself" she will never starve. She can survive as long as she can find herself.

- She hunts with arrows.

Katniss' Outfits (Represents strategy, making herself noticeable, change and passion)

- Cinna creates her outfits to resemble burning embers and fire. (Nicknaming her the girl on fire)

- Fire is a symbol for change in alchemy, it also represents, renewed passion, anger, destruction and sacredness.

Rue (Represents innocent, friendship and humanity)

- Rue is the tribute from District 11 who is the youngest competitor. She is only twelve, and therefore (young and innocent) like Rue compete in a fight to the death.

Rue's flowers (Represents honor respect for the dead, rebellion against the Capitol)

- Katniss believes Rue deserves to be honoured with flowers

- Because of Rue's death, Katniss finally understands what Peeta was staying on the roof during the last night before the games. Rue was more than just a piece of the games, and so is she.

Rue (the name)

- a rue is a small genus of strongly scented evergreen shrubs that can treat eye strains and sore eyes. It helps people see well.

- Rue helped Katniss ‘see’ better in the arena. She showed Katniss how to ‘see’ at night by using the night vision glasses and she allowed Katniss to see that what the Capitol was doing was wrong. Rue was the ‘spark’ to Katniss becoming the ‘girl on fire’.

Poisonous berries- Nightlock. (Represents deception, harsh, rebellion)

- Nightlock berries were found by Peeta and killed Foxface

- Katniss saved them hoping to use on Cato, but instead used them to rebel. She was going to kill herself and Peeta since there could only be one winner.

'Food Symbolism' * Note: A lot of the food meaning is fertility. This is because fertility has to do with birth. During the games, Katniss was reborn into someone new. Katniss entered the games as the girl from District 12, but left as the rebellious girl on fire.

Goat Cheese/ Milk (Represents sacrifice, fertility, moving from dark to light/ light to dark)

- It is eaten on reaping day. (The day Katniss becomes a tribute)

- It is also eaten near the end of the games when Peeta and Katniss are in the cave. (Sign of foreshadowing that they will win the games)

Fish (Represents good luck, fertility, transformation, powerful female and faith)

- Katniss finds fish on reaping day with Gale in the woods, and leaves it with her mom and Prim to eat later.

- Katniss' mom and Prim's loves will change and foreshadows Katniss will return.

Strawberries (Represents righteous, modesty, good and perfection)

- Katniss collects strawberries on reaping day with Gale

- The mayor of District 12 has a fondness of strawberries (showing that the mayor is not evil)

'Lamb (Represents gentleness of character, patience, under suffering, purity, meekness and sacrifice)' - The Capitol prepares them the meal and it reflexes what they will have to do in the arena. - Katniss says during the interview her favorite thing so far is the lamb stew.

'Eggs (Represents fertility, youth, rebirth, sacrifice and resurrection)' - The tributes represent youth - Rue finds an egg during the games for her and Katniss. - Katniss undergoes her ‘re-birth’ during Rue’s death which happens later

'Ham/ Pig (Represents wealth, greed, being naive)' - The Gamemakers are eating a pig with an apple in its mouth while Katniss is performing in front of them

- Katniss shots an arrow at the pig and it hits the apple in its mouth. (During the games, Katniss shoots an arrow at the Careers pack and hits an apple using her arrows causing it to blow up.)


Panem comes from the Latin word 'panis' which means bread. "Bread and Circuses" (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. It was the basic Roman formula for the well-being of the population, and hence a political strategy unto itself In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace. The phrase also implies the erosion.

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