*Big Spoilers for the entire Hunger Games series*
When it comes to war, lines are always blurred. The good and the bad depend on where you are standing. However, when it comes to the Oppressed vs Oppressor, each side is more defined. The Oppressor is usually a force that has made life a struggle for the Oppressed; there is lack of freedom, there is lack of justice, and there is lack of hope. Subsequently a new side arises, usually the Resistance, who will fight the Oppressor to free the Oppressed. The odd thing is that Resistance has more similarities with the Oppressor than the Oppressed, even though it is the Oppressed that make up the Resistance.
Why? Because because the Resistance has to suppress the Oppressor. They have to fight the Oppressor, and if they win, they are the ones who become the new government. What makes the Resistance different is how they chose to fight the Oppressor. And it’s very easy for them to become the new Oppressor because the way they choose to fight may make them no better than the oppressor. Which is where Gale Hawthrone, and the entire District 13 fall. They are no better than the Capitol, and in fact, I’d argue that they’re even worse.
Gale hates the Capitol with a passion. Even in book one, Katniss notes that Gale would often go on rants and become extremely angry. Gale even says that he’d kill every single one of the Capitol people. In the second book, he becomes slightly worse, because his best friend is yet again forced to go and play in the Games and kill people. He wants to do something, but he can’t, his hands are tied. Then comes book three, and District 13 gives Gale exactly what he wanted, a way to kill as many Capitol people as he can.
There is one scene in the book, that shocks both the reader and Katniss. When Katniss comes across sketches of weapons that Gale has designed to kill people as effectively as possible. The bombs that kill in waves: the first bomb kills a few people and then when aid comes, the second bomb kills the rest. When they are talking about bombing the Mountain, Katniss wants an exit to open, so that innocent people can escape. Gale is bitterly against such an idea. Everyone else expresses some doubts, but all protests are empty, and no one comes up with a good argument to contradict him. “They killed all of us. Why should we spare any of them?”
What nobody said, that really needed to be said, was: “because it will make you no better than them.” Because, Gale, if you kill everyone without a thought that some within the corrupt system may be just as Oppressed as you are. Than the system you are fighting for will not help everyone. Particularly the Capitol. Katniss says many times that she finds many in the Capitol simply ignorant, but not cruel. That they may stupid and desensitized, but they are not cruel. They are just another kind of victims of the Capitol. And they’re about to become victims of the Resistance as well.
Katniss’ prep-team is treated like animals because they stole some bread, until she accidentally stumbles upon them and demands that they go free. When the fight is in the Capitol, the Resistance freely fires into Capitol citizens, young or old. And worse, of course, is when they drop the first bomb on the children, pretending to be the Capitol, and the second bomb on the aid that comes to them. Including Prim.
Katniss kills Coin because she knows she is going to be the new President Snow. Because the bomb that killed her sister helped her realize that the Resistance has become the new Oppressor. Because having the new Hunger Games with the children of the Capitol didn’t mean that they won, it just means they traded one dictator for another. Except one that is worst than the previous one. Because they know the cost of such an evil, and they are willing to do it out of spite, out of anger, and out of pure vengeance. Not out of desire for freedom, not for hope of peace, and not to make the world better for the children.
No, the children were the first they were willing to sacrifice.
(Here’s a great alternative post in defense of Gale Hawthorne: link)
Anonymous said: hey so to clarify why did johanna cut out katniss's tracker in her arm? would it still work outside the arena? and what about finnick and beetee, did they cut their own out of their arms? sorry i cant remember its been so long now. thank you.
I haven’t also reread Catching Fire since the movie came out last year, but I believe Johanna cut out her tracker coz that’s what she was instructed to do by the rebels, I doubt if she was given more information than that. I think the Rebels, wisely so, only gave bits and pieces of info to victors who agreed to be in on it, like none of them are aware of the entire plan. I think it’s also safe to assume Finnick & Beetee cut their own trackers out, or Finnick did it for the both of them.
will the tracker also work outside the arena, idk. I don’t remember if it was described in the books the same way, but in the movie, the tributes were injected their trackers on their way to the arena and they were being tracked immediately, and if I do remember correctly, Katniss says in the book it’s quite a trip from the Capitol before they arrive at the arena, so i guess yes, it works outside of the arena.
perhaps the Rebels were also being extra cautious, they need to be incognito as much and as long as possible while they break into the arena, get Katniss and hopefully other tributes out, and then make an escape and not be detected before they can get far away from the arena and not have Capitol hovercrafts pursue them. My suspicion is that in the chaos of the arena breakout and the momentary blackout in the Game Room, the Capitol didn’t realize that they didn’t get all the remaining tributes out until they discovered one hovercraft didn’t make it to the Capitol and the ones that did didn’t have Katniss, Finnick, and Beetee in them. By that time, it’s too late to go after the missing hovercraft.
To this day, I can never shake the connection between this boy, Peeta Mellark, and the bread that gave me hope, and the dandelion that reminded me that I was not doomed.
to the anon that just sent me a message about a fic, the answer is yes (tho I need to check first), but please fm me if you can or go off anon so i can reply privately. thanks!
September Book Photo Challenge: Day 16- OTP. Number one OTP is Everlark
Anonymous asked Katniss
HQ stills of Peeta Mellark and Katniss Everdeen in Mockingjay Part 1
Was it like this then? Seventy-five years or so ago? Did a group of people sit around and cast their votes on initiating the Hunger Games? Was there dissent? Did someone make a case for mercy that was beaten down by the calls for the deaths of the districts’ children? All those people I loved, dead, and we are discussing the next Hunger Games in an attempt to avoid wasting life. Nothing has changed. Nothing will ever change now.
“I vote yes…for Prim.”