It’s the 24th of June – exactly two months until the release of Mockingjay. To mark the date here’s a look at an interesting theory about an aspect of the rebellion in book 3. This post is thanks to @gdcribbs but before you read on, keep in mind this SPOILER ALERT– this theory gives away parts of what we learn in Catching Fire. It’s a good idea to re-visit the Avox theory after you’ve finished reading that and The Hunger Games
I think the Avoxes (Avoxi?) are the key to the rebellion against the Capitol.
The people of the Capitol are not part of the Hunger Games as contestants, they just watch it like a reality TV show. They live in wealth and want for nothing, or so the government thinks. If that’s the case, why are Plutarch Heavensbee (and I believe Cinna and Effie) and others from the Capitol involved in the rebellion? I’ll tell you why: The Avox Girl!
Remember how Katniss felt when confronted with the fact that she did nothing to help save her? Katniss felt responsible for the consequence the girl received by being turned into an Avox. The government assumes that the Avox girl is now “whipped” and unable to do anything else. They have taken away her freedom, and her ability to communicate (or did she find another way to communicate…the way the factory workers do in D8?), which puts her in a special situation: she can access areas of the Capitol and perhaps overhear important information. What else can the government do to them? Kill them? To the government, the Avoxes are useful indentured servants. They want someone to wait on them. But, they assume they’ll never use their position to rebel…
The people of the Capitol probably feel the same way about the contestants in the games as Katniss felt toward the Avox girl, at least, deep down they do. But, it has taken the very personal experience of seeing Katniss and Peeta survive the Hunger Games twice to bring this home, make the people of the Capitol face their involvement: By doing nothing, I have caused this, I have brought this upon them, and they can’t help but feel responsible and invested due to the compelling nature of watching the games. The Capitol didn’t count on this, the way they didn’t count on the jabberjays mating with mockingbirds, and becoming something new, something unexpected: mockingjays. The people of the Capitol care about Katniss and Peeta (and the baby!) and will join the rebellion, but I believe the Avoxes are the way the rebellion is carried. Think about this: The mockingjays get quiet just before the hovercraft arrives. Coincidence? The avoxes have been silenced by the government, or have they? Are they following the example of the Mockingjays? Silent witnesses to everything the government is doing? Think about that!
I believe the groundwork for the rebellion has been laid, and I can’t wait to read how it happens in Mockingjay!
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