don’t make the hunger games about peeta mellark
#peeta as ophelia to katniss’ hamlet; taking her struggles with her own sanity and becoming the physical embodiment of them #making willing sacrifices for love again and again until his own mind is taken from him unwillingly and in her name #(and that’s what cuts katniss up so much - that he would’ve given up anything for her and the capitol violated him anyway) #and then in the end we have ophelia averted; ophelia the hero; ophelia and hamlet saving each other (via apriki)
2. “He’s good and nice in a world that’s harsh and unkind.” - Jennifer Lawrence
Another reason why I love Peeta Mellark is that although he has so many reasons to be mean, closed off, and downright evil, he still manages to remain an altogether good person.
Peeta is a child who has witnissed much injustice in the world. Every year, he is forced to watch someone from his own district fight to the death on national television. He has seen all of the capitol’s cruelty and has had to go through it himself at a very young age. But even in a world so corrupt and evil, he still manages to be unbelievably sweet, good natured, and see’s all the beauty the world and it’s people have to offer.
This boy has been abused at home. He has been told by his own mother how worthless he is. How much of a failure he is. And he has had every reason to grow into a man who could care less about the people suffering around him. But still, he risks getting beaten to give a starving girl some bread. And I honestly think that even if he hadn’t had a crush on this girl since childhood, even if she was a complete stranger to him, he would have still risked everything to give it to her. Because although people have a tendency to mimic the thoughts and actions of the people around them, Peeta Mellark still cares deeply about every child he sees suffer.
Mmmm maybe Peeta’s seconday house is Slytherin
and that’s what allows him to employ his ~Hufflepuff sensibilities to his advantage; his Slytherin side is skillful bc it has all that emotional intelligence and genuine “I like people”-ness to direct
but in the end it’s never about ambition; it’s about survival
and it’s not even his own life he fights for bc it’s all about KATNISS’ survival
which, lbr, is absolutely Hufflepuff
#and this is how a rebellion is set in motion #and he goes on about how he loves me what life would be like without me #but i’ve stopped listening #she stops listening #SHE STOPS LISTENING #and it’s tragic for me because peeta’s sort of in love by now i guess #i’m not sure if he is in love in this book most of the games but i think he admits it to himself in this moment #and she doesn’t listen #because she’s trying to find a way to get back at them #because this is the moment she decides she’s had enough #and he’s speaking and he’s background noise because she’s starting this revolution #and ironically enough it’s his words that start it he just doesn’t know #and he kisses her gently and he genuinely thinks he’s going to die but his words save his life just… not his heart #because katniss’ survival comes first#because she’s a warrior princess whose brain was wired to survive and she does #forever obsessed with the fact when he professed his love for her the first time she didn’t listen #her fire and her rebellion and her need to survive always came first #and there’s something so trafically beautiful about it that makes me want to cry because this otp is so screwed up and it’s still an otp
Before we met, I was so scared of dying
But if the end comes today … this will have been enough
the center of which will be the cave scene
which I need to re-watch and re-read
and cry about
and write about
and cry about
A truth should exist,
it should not be used
Reasons why I love Peeta Mellark:
1. “To murder innocent people?” says Peeta. “It costs you everything you are.”
At this point in the story, Peeta has been through hell and back. He has been taken away from the woman he loves and doesn’t know whether or not he will ever see her again. He is confused and doesn’t know who he should trust. But one thought he never lets go of, the very thought that he has had since book one, is his belief about taking another human being’s life.
He absolutely hates himself for what he has done in the games, although he doesn’t show it much. Even though it was what he had to do to keep Katniss and himself alive, he absolutely hates the thought of killing. He truly believes that he is a monster for taking the lives of those strangers in the arena. And even though he knows he had no other option, or that he wasn’t in his right mind, he blames himself for every single person that has died at his hands.
For example, towards the end of Mockingjay, all hell has broken loose. He starts to lose himself and his desire to kill Katniss is too strong. Once he gets his chance, he goes for it. And as he’s about to kill her, a member of their squad restrains him. Peeta pushes him away and the man falls into a trap that soon kills him. Later, when Peeta has turned back to his normal self, he requests to be killed because he knows how much of a danger he is to everyone around him. After he tells them this, they all try to console him and tell him it wasn’t his fault.
“I just murdered a member of our squad!” shouts Peeta.
“You pushed him off you. You couldn’t have known he would trigger the net at the exact spot,” says Finnick, trying to calm him.
“Who cares? He’s dead, isn’t he?” Tears begin to run down Peeta’s face. “I didn’t know. I’ve never seen myself like that before. Katniss is right. I’m the monster. I’m the mutt. I’m the one Snow has turned into a weapon!”
Seeing him think this way about himself kills me. This is one of the most heartbreaking characteristics of Peeta Mellark, but it is also a major factor of why I love him so much. It shows how much he truly cares about other human beings, even ones he hasn’t spoken two words to. And I will always respect him for that.
there are worse things i could do