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author: Suzanne Collins
Is Ferguson like Mockingjay?
trailer for movie – nov 2014 – part 1:
nov 20, movie comes out nov 21 2014:
The #MyHungerGames hashtag is inspired in part by Donald Sutherland, the actor who plays President Snow in the Hunger Games series. Sutherland, who is 79, toldGood Morning America that he chose to be a part of the series because he wanted to end his life being “part of something that I thought would maybe catalyze and revolutionize young people.”
Sutherland said he hopes that young people will answer the call like the character Katniss Everdeen does in the films. “We’ve wrecked this world and, if you’re gonna fix it, you’ve got to do it now,” he said.
added jan 2015:
Thus, to kill a mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Throughout the book, a number of characters (Jem, Tom Robinson, Dill, Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond) can be identified as mockingbirds—innocents who have been injured or destroyed through contact with evil.
The Story of the Mockingjay
In Suzanne Collins’ book, The Hunger Games, the mockingjay bird is the evolutionary result of a failed government breeding experiment. The evil government of Panem first created the jabberjay to spy on enemies and rebels of the Capitol, as they could memorize and repeat entire human conversations. However, once the rebels realized their conversations were being transmitted, they used the jabberjays against the Capitol, sending back false information. The government then abandoned the birds to die off in the wild.
But, in an example of extraordinary wildlife almost never doing what we expect, male jabberjays bred with female mockingbirds, giving birth to the mockingjay, which could repeat both human melodies and birdsong and were thus better able to protect themselves (and the rebels of Panem) in the wild. The inability of the government to control these animals made them an inspiration and a symbol for the rebel cause.
Though the mockingjay is not a real species, the fascinating trait of mimicry is very real in the wild, as seen in the mockingbird and other animals.
The Breakdown: Mockingbird vs. Mockingjay
- Mockingjay – Fictional – It can repeat both human melodies and birdsong and plays a symbolic and thematic role in The Hunger Games.
- Mockingbird – Real – It can mimic a variety of noises such as car alarms, cats, crickets, etc.
A hybrid of mockingbirds and jabberjays, the birds were created by mistake. The jabberjays – all male – were initially created to eavesdrop on the rebels in the Dark Days, memorizing entire conversations and repeating them back at the Capitol. Once they were discovered, the rebels fed endless lies to the birds, and sent them back loaded with false information. After the lies were discovered, the Capitol closed the laboratories and the jabberjays were released into the wild, in the hope that they would die off. They did, eventually, but not before they passed on their genetic code to female mockingbirds. This was unforeseen, because no one expected them to have the brains to reproduce. The offspring were called mockingjays, and, while they had lost the ability to memorize words, they could mimic any sounds from a child’s high-pitched warble to a man’s deep tones, and even songs with multiple verses, if you had the patience to sing to them. Katniss’ father was one of those people, and Peeta claims that when he first heard Katniss sing, all of the birds, including mockingjays, fell silent, the sign that they liked the song or notes that were sung. The mockingjay is so important to Katniss because her father had a special bond with them, and so did Rue.
Like their jabberjay fathers, mockingjays are excellent mimics, and have the ability to memorize and repeat both bird and human songs. They can perfectly copy down to the last note, any human tune. They pick up tunes quickly, and often spread them to other mockingjays. However, they only sing the songs of those whose voices they enjoy. Katniss, her father, and Rue are singers that have caused the mockingjays to sing. Katniss also notes that they can sing both high and very low pitches.
Even if it were true that these films were meant to vaccinate kids against the left, there’s no socialist state—or even highly programmatic, institutionalized left—for these young alleged individualists to react against: In the 21st century, it has yet to be built. Is it possible that a 13-year-old will read Divergent and develop a critique of the social safety net? Perhaps, but what’s more likely is that the same teen will gain a lens through which to understand the vast inequality around them. They might even get an idea that they could do something about it.
saturday, april 21, 2012
we can. we are. let’s be ridiculous about being alive. no?
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tuesday, april 24, 2012
reading about him and tulane in wagner’s creating innovators.. talking about changing the mission of the uni – after the hurricane – to include more community engagement… how people were like – what is the uni united way now. applications have more than doubled in the last four years and in entrance essays kids write how they chose tulane because of the community engagement (kids are not insubordinate or lazy.. they crave hard word.. but hard work that matters.. not the tedium of how we do school today) tony asks scott
what about studetn admissions criteria. i know that the ranking of a uni is highly dependent on the average sat or act scores of the students who enroll, but in my experience, these score tell us nothing abou tstudents’ abilitites to contribute meaningfully to social innovation and community service. how are you dealing with this?
it bothers me every single day, i know that these test scores do not have great meaning, but that’s one of the metric that us ews and world reports uses and so we can’t ignore it. i have this constant dilemma about the testing and how we use it here, and i haven’t found a solution yet.
[we know exactly what to do and it would work.. holt]
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Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) tweeted at 6:45 AM – 31 Mar 2018 :
Rereading “Mockingjay”; this passage stood out:
“In the quiet that follows, I try to imagine not being able to tell illusion from reality…” https://t.co/D99lFIcMSL (http://twitter.com/sarahkendzior/status/980063573501186049?s=17)