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Does It Take Courage to Live for a Cause?

A longstanding sentiment is that it takes courage to die for a cause, but it also takes courage to live for one.

In “Mockingjay,” by Suzanne Collins, Katniss Everdeen becomes the leader of a cause. She soon realizes that District 13's rebels - who once rescued her - have their own selfish issues and motives.

Worn-out by war and rebellion, Katniss learns, firsthand, that although it takes courage to die for a cause, it takes at least as much courage to live for one.

Do you think it is harder to die for a cause or to live for one? Explain your answer.

As the “Mockingjay,” Katniss has power even though she’s being manipulated. What will it take for her to exercise her power, despite the manipulation of District 13's leaders?

Admired as Mockingjay, Katniss can no longer just “be herself.” Is it worth it to have a celebrity life, or status, if you have to give-up being yourself in exchange? Explain your answer.


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