Significance Behind the Mockingjay Pin
Many people (and by people I mean die-hard fans) complained about the elimination of the character Madge in the first Hunger Games movie. For those who are unfamiliar with the book, Madge was a minor character throughout the series that Katniss claims as on her only friends in her town as well as classmates. Madge is the Mayor’s daughter of District 12 and was from the most “wealthy” of families in the district.
The significance behind Madge in the book is that originally she is the one that gives Katniss the Mockingjay pin that later on becomes her token for the games and eventually the symbol of the entire uprising. In the movie, Katniss receives the pin from a merchant at the Hobb and gives it to her little sister Prim to pin onto her dress at the reaping. When Katniss gives Prim the pin she tells her that it will protect her as long as she has it. After Katniss volunteers as tribute for her sister in the reaping, she has the chance to say goodbye to some of her friends and family. Originally this is when Madge gave Katniss the pin asking her to wear it in the arena. In the movie, Prim returns the pin to Katniss during their goodbye as she tells her older sister “to protect you.”
In my opinion, I think this was a better alternative to the story than what was originally in the book. Receiving the pin from Prim (the only person whom Katniss is certain she loves in her life at this point) creates so much more significance behind it as well as sentimental value. Considering how the Mockingjay becomes the ultimate symbol of the uprising, I think having it come from Prim is also significant based on she is the reason Katniss is going into the arena in the first place. Having the pin represent a relationship between sisters gives it so much more value and meaning that adds to the series as a whole.