Mj reread: Katniss’ choice

Hello, everyone! I’m making another analysis for the Mockingjay reread. This time, I’m going to talk about something that is often misinterpreted in the THG fandom: Katniss’ choice.

Most THG fans can see that Katniss chose Peeta because she loved him, but there are still many people that can’t see that. They say that Katniss only chose Peeta because he was the easiest choice, because he was all she had left, because Gale abandoned her, because she didn’t want to be alone. Some even say that she didn’t even make a choice. And this really bothers me, because none of this is is true.

But the thing is: Why do these people misinterpret her choice? I’ve been wondering this since I joined the THG fandom, but now, I think I have an answer to that: It’s because they didn’t understand other elements of the book. And now I’m talking about these elements:

1- Katniss DID love Peeta:

Yes, she did love him, and it was in a romantic way. When we analyze the things Katniss felt and thought about him, it gets pretty obvious. She craved his affections. She only felt the hunger with his kisses. She wanted him. She couldn’t live without him. She couldn’t bear being rejected by him. She admitted she loved him more than once, despite all of her fears. If this is not love to you, you surely don’t know what love is.

2- Katniss DIDN’T love Gale:

Yes, she didn’t love him in a romantic way, and no one can deny that. Nowhere in canon did she say or imply she wanted more than friendship with him. Even when she thought she had “chosen” him, her choice felt wrong and she regreted it a few hours later. She always felt guilty for not loving him back, and she even said that she loved him in a limited way. 

3- Katniss’ relationship with Gale deteriorated throughout Mj:

Some people think that only Prim’s death put a distance between them, but it’s not true. They argued MANY times, and there were moments where Katniss said that their friendship wasn’t the same, that their disagreements were tearing them apart. By the end of the book, not even their friendship survived, because they weren’t good for each other. And Katniss knew that. That’s why she felt relieved when Greasy Sae told her he was in District 2.

4- Katniss never wanted a romantic relationship:

Yeah, it’s true, but people often forget that. She didn’t want a romantic relationship. She didn’t want to ever fall in love. And she could live just fine without any of that. So the idea that she only chose Peeta because she didn’t want to be alone is ridiculous. She could be only friends with Peeta, if she wanted, but she chose to be with him, despite all her fears in regards to love. And this means that her feelings for him were really deep.

5- Peeta wasn’t an easy choice:

Katniss said that Peeta was her dandelion in the spring, that he have her hope, that he could make her life better. But he was still recovering from the hijacking. He still had episodes. He still could kill her. So he wasn’t an easy choice. Most women wouldn’t want to be with him in this situation. 

But Katniss wanted him anyway, and she focused on his qualities and ignored his flaws because she was seeing him with eyes of love. To her, only the good side of being with him mattered. And that’s what happens when we really love someone.

6- Katniss said she would have ended up with Peeta anyway:

Yeah, she said that. So no one can say she wouldn’t have ended up with him in another circumstance.


When we understand all of this, there’s no doubt: Katniss’ choice was out of love.

Thanks for reading!

Reader problems
  • Me analyzing a school book:the mood is sad and there's like some character development I guess in this chapter like line 81
  • Me talking about a book I read for pleasure:OMG OK SO LIKE THIS CHARACTER IS MY CHILD THEY ARE SO PRECIOUS THIS BOOK IS AMAZING THIS SCENE IS SO PIVOTAL IN CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IT LITERALLY SETS UP THE EXPOSITION AND FORESHADOWS THIS BUT YOU DON'T SEE IT COMING RIGHT OMG I KNOW AND THEN THIS SCENE IS AN ALLUSION TO THAT AND THERE ARE SO MANY METAPHORS COMPARING THIS TO THAT SO I GUESS you could say this book is written in reference to oppression faced by humans by their own government