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  • By Cara Buckley
  • 20 Nov, 2014
I’ve heard quite a bit of outcry over this incredible film, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 , because of the lack of war and violence. It’s true that this film does not return the viewers to the arena. However, the time for arenas is over. The story progresses to the cry for an uprising. That’s what the story is all about. The cry for war, not the war itself. If you want a war so badly, then wait for the next film.
People seem to have lost touch with Katniss’ character. It should be evident that Katniss never was a violent person, which she directly expresses in her talk with President Snow. All she ever wants out of her trials in life is to keep her loved ones safe. This includes her current efforts to rescue Peeta and the other victors held captive in the capital.
Everything she does that inspires those around her is done out of love, not violence.
The weapon emphasized in Mockingjay is information. District 13 uses Katniss and Finnick to discredit the Capital’s propaganda and reveal the true nature of the tyrant, President Snow. This information is enough to drive the people to fight for themselves. Of course, a revolution is inevitable. District 13 merely provides an effective form of motivation.
As Katniss embraces peaceful resolutions, so did Christ. The message of the Gospels is Christ, the Humble. He too was a messenger. His people were expecting Christ, the Conqueror. They were more interested seeing in a war against the Romans than to accept the deliverance he had to offer, deliverance from sin. His message involved hope, peace, and love. Not war. War, though justifiable in the context of Mockingjay, should never be a first resort.
Information can be just as powerful a weapon as a bow and arrow. It is unfortunately an underestimated weapon, but it is one I feel more compelled to embrace. Therefore, I urge you to listen and learn as much as possible throughout life. Embrace facts. Embrace knowledge. Embrace peaceful resolution. It can greatly improve your quality of life.

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