Johanna Mason

Johanna Mason
Name Johanna Mason
Age 20s
Gender Female
Home District 7
First Appearance Catching Fire
Last Appearance Mockingjay
Weapon of choice Axe
Portrayed by Jena Malone

Johanna Mason is one of the female victors from District 7, and one of the tributes for the Third Quarter Quell. Like Katniss Everdeen, she was the only living female victor in her district so she was automatically entered into the Quarter Quell. It is assumed that Johanna Mason is an expert when it comes to throwing and wielding an axe because she is from the lumber and paper district.


[edit] Her First Games

In her first Games - which was only a few years before Katniss' - Johanna had pretended to be the underdog of the tributes, acting weak and fragile while in reality, she was strong and sly, much to the surprise of her fellow tributes. This technique allowed her to remain in the Games for much longer because she was passed off as weak and somebody who would be easy to kill later on. She proved them wrong, of course, by winning the Games.

[edit] In Catching Fire

During the opening ceremonies Johanna was wearing a tree costume, as she complains the tributes from District 7 have been wearing for 40 years courtesy of their stylist. However, after the chariot ride she completely strips down other than green slippers and talks to Peeta Mellark about his paintings on the elevator. Katniss Everdeen is taken aback by this and is angry with Peeta afterwards. Earlier Johanna had commented on Katniss' dresses and how awesome a stylist Cinna is. Katniss however, not one for girly talk lies as best she can, and mistrusts Johanna immediately after a comment about wanting to reach through the screen and rip a dress off Katniss' back.

During the interviews for the Quell, Johanna asks if anything can be done. Considering the great connection felt between the Capitol and the victors, which was clearly unexpected, surely something could be done to stop the victors from the arena. This only adds to the tension created by the tributes before her.

Johanna and Katniss Everdeen seem to share a mutual dislike for one another. Katniss, because she thought Johanna was one of those who were trying to kill her and Johanna, because she dislikes most people, Finnick Odair seeming to be the only exception. However, their dislike for one another turned into something simpler such as not trusting one another instead when they were thrown into an alliance by Haymitch Abernathy in a plan by the rebels. There was a peculiar condition for their alliance though, in order for Johanna to be allies with Katniss, she had to bring her Beetee and Wiress, the tributes from District 3. When she met with Katniss in the others, they had just gone through the Blood Rain section of the Clock Arena and Beetee was unconscious while Wiress was repeating "Tick Tock."

Before Katniss managed to make the force field above them collapse, Johanna had supposedly attacked her by stabbing her in her left arm. However it was later revealed that she only did so to destroy the tracking device that was implanted there, which gives the readers reason to believe that Johanna Mason was, in fact, part of the rebellion before the Games had started. This is supported when Katniss is told that tributes from various districts, including 7, had varying degrees of knowledge of the escape plan. This is likely why she bothered to become allies with Katniss in the first place, and especially why she would have bothered dragging Wiress and Beetee around with her. When the force field did collapse, Johanna, along with Peeta Mellark and Enobaria were taken captive by the Capitol and are subjected to torture (well Johanna and Peeta were tortured. Enobaria, being from District 2 likely was let off relatively easily. She also would not have known about the escape plan).

[edit] In Mockingjay

After an operation to free the captives of the Capitol, Johanna Mason finds herself in District 13, along with Peeta and Annie Cresta who have also been saved. There she is sent to the hospital with reason that she has gone a little insane. She takes advantage of her situation by supplying herself with morphling. In one instance, she confessed to Katniss, who is also being treated at the hospital for the same reason, that she steals a bit of her morphling supply because the doctors have cut back hers. She says she didn't think Katniss would mind, and of course Katniss cannot argue since she knows Johanna had been subjected to all kinds of torture. When Katniss regains strength to move around the district, she asks if she can share a room with Johanna Mason instead of having to be treated at the hospital. Johanna was not allowed a room on her own - she suspected that the hospital staff had learned about the morphling stealing - so Katniss offering to share with her near Prim and her mother's room was quite thoughtful. Johanna was surprised, but agreed.

When Johanna has proven that she lacks the mental disorder they accuse her of, she insists to be trained along with Katniss for the war, though instead of being a sharpshooter, she is armed with an axe. During the course of their training, Katniss and Johanna grew closer friends, or at least they put up with each other. Johanna is still a bit mean and snarky though.

With all their rigorous last-minute training, Katniss and Johanna are deemed ready to take the test that will allow them to go to war against the Capitol. Johanna goes first, and although Katniss doesn't know at the time it is found out later that Johanna did not pass her test, and was put back in the hospital. This is because the tests were based to target a person's weaknesses, so Johanna's test included a flood. When she was held captive in the Capitol, she was tortured by being dampened, then electrocuted. So her test had brought on horrible memories, and she had lost herself. As a result, she does not go to the Capitol with Katniss and the others.

This water torture also appears to be why she would never take a shower, and why she was hesitant to train in the rain. Her torture traumatized her greatly, and it is unknown whether she will ever be able to truly get past it. It is revealed that Johanna and Peeta had cells next to each other in the Capitol, and thus heard the others' screams resulting from the torture. Learning this disturbs Katniss.

Although she doesn't go to war, Johanna is seen again near the end of the novel. When all remaining victors are called to a meeting to discuss whether or not they should hold a Hunger Games for children of Capitol officials, Johanna is one of the ones who votes yes. She still has a lot of resentment for the Capitol, and rightfully so. However, unlike Peeta, Annie and Beetee she wants to meet violence with violence.

[edit] Memorable Quotes

  • "I don't care if you are knocked up, I'll rip your throat out."
  • - Johanna to Katniss in Catching Fire

"'It doesn't matter,' says Johanna impatiently. 'You had to tell us or we never would have moved our camp in the first place, brainless.'"

  • - Johanna's blunt way of telling Katniss she needed to tell them about the clock arena in Catching Fire

"If they really killed her like this, they'd probably have an uprising on their hands! Don't want that, do they?" She throws back her head and shouts, "Whole country in rebellion? Wouldn't want anything like that!"

  • - Johanna talking about the impossibility of the Capitol killing Prim in Catching Fire

"They can't hurt me. I'm not like the rest of you. There's no one left I love."

  • - Johanna regarding the jabberjays in Catching Fire

"Let's each have three, and whoever is still alive at breakfast can take a vote on the rest."

  • - Johanna's decision on how to divide up the bread during the Games in Catching Fire

"Oh, sure, we're old friends. Peeta and I had adjoining cells in the capitol. We're very familiar with each other's screams"

  • - Mockingjay

"Peeta started arguing with himself like he was two people. They had to drag him away. On the plus side, no one noticed that I finished his lunch."

  • - To Katniss after Peeta tried to eat with them at lunch in Mockingjay

"Jealousy is certainly involved. I also think you're a little hard to swallow. With your tacky romantic drama and your defender-of-the-helpless act. Only it isn't an act, which makes you more unbearable. Please feel free to take this personally."

  • - to Katniss in Mockingjay

"I'm alive." - Katniss
"No kidding, brainless." - Johanna

"Your cousin's not afraid of me. Are you, gorgeous?"

  • - Johanna to Gale Hawthorne, to which he replies, "Terrified." in Mockingjay

"The impact ruptured your spleen. They couldn't repair it. Don't worry, you don't need one."

  • - to Katniss in Mockingjay

"We've been wearing them for over 40 years..." •- to Katniss after stripping of her tree costume in the elevator

Last edited by Lesley Pro_04 on 8 December 2013 at 20:04
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