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    Nov 6, 2015

    This "Hunger Games" Interpretation Will Change The Way You See The Mockingjay

    It's time to talk about Rue.

    The Hunger Games series has always been equal parts the story of a young girl and the story of a revolution.

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    And the undisputed central element in all of it has always been Katniss Everdeen. She is one of the major sparks of the revolution against the Capitol, and she makes choices that move the story and the rebellion forward.

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    But what if Katniss isn't the only Mockingjay in the Hunger Games series?

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    One of the key relationships in the first Hunger Games book (and movie) is the beautiful friendship and alliance that forms between Katniss and a fellow tribute, 12-year-old Rue.

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    In one of the most emotional moments of the series, Rue is killed during the Games. As she's dying, she tells Katniss that she has to win the games. Katniss promises she will. "I'm going to. I'm going to win for both of us now."

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    As the main character, most of the credit goes to Katniss in the revolution, and her alias as the Mockingjay comes from her status as the symbol of the rebellion. But she wasn't the only crucial symbol.

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    Katniss may have been the one who lived, the one who got to carry out the rebellion, but she was not the only one who ignited Panem and left waves far bigger than herself, or who inspired people to have the courage to fight.

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    Rue was the spark Katniss needed to first truly understand what she was fighting for, and it was some of her last words that ensured that Katniss made it through those Games and was able to fight for it.

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    The interpretation of Rue as a Mockingjay has long been popular on Tumblr.

    Regardless of where exactly you land on Rue's and Katniss's roles in the revolution, there's no denying they both changed their world.

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