Thoughts on the naming of Rue

As I reread The Hunger Games trilogy I seriously avoided chapters 17 and 18 because I knew that they would break my heart once more. However as I read those chapters today I started to really consider Rue’s role in the story and the choice of name. I started to do a bit of research.

Rue is a small yellow flowering herb that was used when planted can keep insects away, as well as smelling quite sweet. It was used in medieval times as a medicinal herb but those benefits have been proved false, it in fact can be poisonous if eaten in too large a dose. What I found interesting as I investigated Rue for literary and gardening purposes is that exposure to Rue, as in direct skin exposure can result in dermatitis in some individuals, A blistering skin reaction sometimes occurs, but this only happens in sensitive individuals who brush up against the plant then are exposed to direct sun.

Considering what Katniss was trying to do with the flowers. Shining a light directly on the horror the Capitol created through the games by covering Rue with flowers. She created blisters on that society, beyond mere irritation. 

That paired the old saying, “You will rue the day,” which means that one will bitterly regret what they have done, just shows the genius that Collins had in naming her characters. 

Once again I’m in awe of how much intention went into the writing of these novels. None of the names were chosen lightly. Not even a little girl named Rue.

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Mockingjay
  • Mockingjay
  • Beth Jo
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V v excited to show you all my new single Mockingjay! It’s written (obviously) about the new Hunger Games film. This is just an acoustic version, but I hope you enjoy it! (Thank you once again to Kate Ganser for producing the beautiful cover art! Check out her blog she’s an angel)

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Lyrics:

When the darkness comes, I’ll be ready

I’ll be standing guard up high

When the water runs past the abbey

We’ll be there to drink it dry

If I could write a list of all the things we, 

All the things that we’ve done wrong

It would last for miles, running over hills

Through the melancholy songs

We’ve been catching fire with bare hands

Just waiting for the chance to stand

I don’t know if you’ve seen the world lately

I don’t know why everything’s turning upside down

If this is all there is, then I’m not sure it’s worth it

If this is everything; we’re gonna burn it to the ground

When the water runs past the abbey

We’ll be there to drink it dry

I don’t know if you’ve seen the world lately

I don’t know why everything’s turning upside down

If this is all there is, then I’m not sure it’s worth it

If this is everything; we’re gonna burn it to the ground

I don’t know if you’ve seen the world lately

I don’t know why everything’s turning upside down

If this is all there is, then I’m not sure it’s worth it

If this is everything; we’re gonna burn it to the ground

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