claireablani wrote:I agree with Sky Blue. Katniss voted yes so that Coin would think that she was under her thumb. Haymitch understood what Katniss' true intentions were and by voting yes, he tipped the vote to the necessary four out of six. Throughout Book 3: Mockingjay, Katniss encounters instances of oppression, rigid thinking, and brutality in District 13. The murder of her sister simply crystallized beyond a doubt the evil and powerlust Coin was driven by, since it had to be under her orders that the parachute bombing of the Capitol children was carried out, and that Prim happened to be on the front line. So, when Katniss says "for Prim," the secret meaning behind her words is that the assassination she is about to execute is for the killing of her sister. Cleverly, "for Prim" also makes sense as a reason for her yes vote and does not rouse Coin's suspicions, allowing Katniss to swiftly continue with her plan.
I think it's clear that Paynell will be a compassionate leader and most likely cancelled the final Hunger Game. After all, Katniss was acquitted for her bold and public assassination of President Coin under the defense of mental instability and trauma. She is demoted and sent to a deserted District 12 to live out her days (or something along those lines). If Paynell wished to cancel the Games, she could simply use the court approved evidence that one of the voters was mentally unstable. And it seems that Paynell is likely the kind of person who would not want to see innocent children die. I do think that Suzanne Collins is careful not to promise a utopic future, and that this open-endedness is perfectly fitting for the raw mood of the book. She does however offer optimism for a better society where people behave humanely so that the book ends with a touch of hope. It's not clear to me either whether Collins meant to leave out the resolution to the final Hunger Games. Perhaps she felt it was overkill to explain Katniss' motives, or perhaps she simply forgot. In any case, I love the character of Katniss for assassinating Coin. Although strategic killing does not seem like a great message for an antiwar trilogy, Katniss remains true to her character: defiant, resourceful, heroic, and true to her own heart's knowing.
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