This line is one of the most famous and most adored lines from the first movie. Ellie’s flabbergasted reaction to the way the three lower-class District 12s treat the posh décor is perfect. It happened when Haymitch, more concerned about spreading jam on his bread than helping the tributes, almost loses a digit to Katniss’s swiftness.
“That is mahogany!” is not in the book because actress Elizabeth Banks made it up. It was an improvisation that made the final cut.
When Katniss gives the Mockingjay pin to her little sister Prim to assuage her fears about being eligible for the reaping, it is heart-wrenching. Primrose had a nightmare she was picked as a tribute at her first reaping. The luck of the pin saves her, to a point, only because Katniss volunteers to take her place.
Later, before Katniss leaves for the 74th Hunger Games, Prim gives it to her big sister as a good luck charm and as a reminder of home. It gradually takes on the symbol of the growing resistance of the second rebellion.
A Movie Misfire
The blast of the cannon firing is a low and somber note. A passing sense of doom echoing through the arena. But wait. When Rue died, there was no cannon blast.
And when Marvel died, the boy who killed Rue, there was no cannon blast for him either, at least in the film. Did movie makers really think fans wouldn’t catch that?
What is District 13? The First Rebellion, championed by District 13, was an uprising that grew to form a military coalition. The insurgency was composed of rebels from all 13 districts of Panem. The armed insurrection unified against the authoritarian government of the Capitol.
After three years of unrest, the First Rebellion began unraveling, marking the onset of the Dark Days which signaled its collapse. Order was reinstated by Snow’s totalitarian regime, but not before District 13 was wiped off the map.
Greek Mythology Link
Suzanne Collins said she was a big fan of Greek mythology growing up. She loved it so much she says that there is no way for it not to have a role in her storytelling. Talking to the “NYT,” she relayed the way the myth of Theseus clicked in her story writing for the Hunger Games.
In the myth, young Theseus was a prince of Athens when he participated in a lottery. It picked seven girls and seven boys to be thrown into the labyrinth and destroyed by the Minotaur.