“Why not? It’s true. My best hope is to not disgrace myself and…” He hesitates.
And what?” I say.
I don’t know how to say it exactly. Only… I want to die as myself. Does that make any sense?” he asks. I shake my head. How could he die as anyone but himself? “I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not.”
I bite my lip feeling inferior. While I’ve been ruminating on the availability of trees, Peeta has been struggling with how to maintain his identity. His purity of self. “Do you mean you won’t kill anyone?” I ask.
No, when the time comes, I’m sure I’ll kill just like everybody else. I can’t go down without a fight. Only I keep wishing I could think of a way to… to show the Capitol they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games,” says Peeta.
But you’re not,” I say. “None of us are. That’s how the Games work.”
Okay, but within that frame work, there’s still you, there’s still me,” he insists. “Don’t you see?”
A little, Only… no offense, but who cares, Peeta?” I say.
I do. I mean what else am I allowed to care about at this point?” he asks angrily. He’s locked those blue eyes on mine now, demanding an answer.”
I absolutely LOVE Hunger Games. In honor of the midnight premiere tonight I decided to chose a quote from the book. This was harder than I thought since there are soooo many quotes to chose from. In the end, I wanted a quote said by my favorite character Peeta. Again a difficult choice since most of my favorite quotes are said by him. But I wanted a quote that I felt illustrated his personailty as well as holds onto an important part of the story. How far would you go to survive. Not just life or death. In life in general. How do you hold onto yourself, hold onto your values and who you are when put to the test.
Life is hard, and going through life shapes you in many ways. But it is important to know who you are, who you want to be and to hold onto that. Stay true to yourself regardless of what life throws at you.
I am seriously excited for the movie and I hope it is all I am hoping it will be 🙂
“May the Odds be ever in your favor!”