The Hunger Games debate is raging – who should Katniss end up with? Gale or Peeta?
Katniss has strong feelings for both. She shares so much of her life with Gale, but owes her life to the love Peeta has for her. But is there a third option? Could we end up seeing Katniss choose neither and walk away with her mother and sister?
The way I see it, Katniss has cut herself off emotionally from just about everyone except her sister, since her father died. She’s scared to love and be vulnerable, feeling that she needed to be strong, not just for herself, but especially for her family, since her mother slipped into a long-time depression.
This could be why she never advanced her relationship with Gale past friendship. They both struggle to express their feelings. On the other hand Peeta has no trouble knowing how he feels and letting it be known. He shows his devotion to Katniss by risking his life for her in the Games. He’s willing to give his own life for hers, the girl of his dreams.
There is no question that Katniss cares for Peeta. They go through the horrifying experience of fighting for their life. Both risk it all and are determined to save the other.
Gale though is her closest friend. There’s something beautiful about long-term friends realizing they love each other; a friendship that forms a strong foundation for a lasting romance. Katniss seems to struggle with untangling how she feels about Peeta from the bond they created out of the desperate situation they were forced to endure and deeper romantic feelings that are real and lasting.
This is the only person she can relax and be herself with. He understands her world. Together they have fed their families, taken risks and stayed strong. While he’s proven to be a faithful and caring friend, he seems stuck in the role of being like a brother to Katniss
Smart, perceptive, tender, strategic, brave and passionate. He becomes a champion for not just Katniss but the people of Panem. He knows exactly how he feels about Katniss and will do anything for her.
So, over to you…Gale or Peeta?
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