If you didn’t already know, baby ducks are pretty much precious little nuggets of joy. They have been clinically proven to cure depression and disease and all other problems because they are perfect.For now we will cure your sadness. In order to do so, you simply have to look at the following pictures of them. It’s an intense journey. Prepare yourself.
No but seriously in the end when Katniss comes into the room where Haymitch, Finnick and Plutarch are and she’s asking where Peeta is and Finnick turns away looking like he’s going to cry all I could think about is how Finnick has known since the moment he saved Peeta’s…
What do the Hunger Games, Matched, and the Enclave trilogy all have in common? Well, besides being superior examples of YA dystopian/post-apoctalyptic lit, they all have completely unnecessary love triangles which are a) obvious in outcome and b) detract from the story by filling time with…
The thing to remember about The Hunger Games is that everything is drenched in symbolism. It isn’t choosing between Boy A and Boy B. It’s choosing between justice and mercy. It’s the loss of her life before the Games and the reality of her new life as a Victor. They both symbolize rebellion, but in different ways. Gale is the harsh wind that has the potential for destruction. He is Katniss’ life before the Games that she will never have again. He is a cautionary tale for blindly seeking vengeance. Peeta is the rock. He is justice tempered with mercy. He is rebirth and adaptation. Evidence that you can change while remaining true to oneself. The so-called love triangle isn’t a choice between two boys, it’s the soul’s determination of what it will be.
It’s more than that. On a bigger picture, the love triangle is similar to the one in Gone with the Wind, where Ashley represents the ways of the fallen Old South, and Rhett represents adapting to the change to survive reconstruction. Scarlett represents the South itself, and her choice between the two men is the South’s choice to cling to an obsolete way, or survive and move forward.
It’s the same in The Hunger Games. Katniss represents Panem. Gale represents the status quo, being angry at what’s happening but still playing into the same division the Capitol uses to keep them under it’s thumb. Peeta represents the choice to unite and love/have compassion for our fellow man as a means to overcome the kind of hateful tyranny that lead to the creation of the Hunger Games in the first place.
Or in other words, Gale is a house divided… Peeta is a house united. ;)