The Hunger Games is filled with moments that strike me each time I read them--they have that much of an emotional impact. For me, the moment in Chapter 23 where Peeta learns that his actions led to the death of Foxface is one of those moments. In that moment, I am immediately drawn back to Peeta on the roof of the training center telling Katniss that he did not want them (the gamemakers) to change him in there. He did not want to turn into a monster. And here in Chapter 23--he finds that his actions have led to the death of another person.
But I cannot decide for myself if "they" really changed him? It was an accident. He did not know the berries he was picking--the berries he planned to eat himself were poisonous. In that respect he seems innocent. He seems unchanged. He seems to be the same boy that talked to Katniss on the roof.
But he is still responsible for the death of another person. And doesn't that (or maybe it is more appropriate to ask shouldn't that) change him? Can a character really remain the same after having caused another character's death?
I do not know the answer--but I think it is a question I will take with me as I continue into Chapter 24 for tomorrow.
But I would like to know what you think--do you think that Peeta met his goal to not let them change him?
My blogging buddy, Jen, and I have been working on a sequel to our Valentine's day celebration (the Famous YA Couples Trivia Quiz).
So everyday I will post a trivia question about either a YA dystopian novel in general or the Hunger Games in particular. Everyone gets one opportunity a day to answer--and it does not matter if you are right or wrong. Any answer is worth a chance to win a prize! This contest will continue until March 16.
1) The Girl Who Was on Fire
2) The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook
Since these books are available from the Book Depository, I will open this giveaway internationally to any place that BD offers free shipping to.
In honor of being selected to write a little bit about Chapter 23 for the Hunger Games Read-A-Thon, I am going to select today's question from this chapter! (see I can give hints too!)
What "sensible" meal do Peeta and Katniss share as Chapter 23 opens?
A) They each have a roll, half an apple, and an egg-size serving of stew and rice.
B) They each have a roll, half an apple, and half of a rabbit that Katniss hunted.
C) They each have an apple and a handful of berries that Peeta gathered.
D) They each have an apple and a bowl of stew and rice.
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