Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Mhm...Yes....And how does that make you feel???

 After reading the first book and the now the third, I have come to realize that the roles have been switched for man and woman.  Peeta, is the love stricken boy who has noticed each small detail of Katniss, and shows more affection to her than ever.  Katniss does not know how to understand her feelings much less connect them to actions or words.  There are some parts where Katniss shows signs of loving Peeta, like when she sees him on the tv and knows how in danger he is.  However, most of her emotions stay a mystery and its bothersome, annoying even.  I cant decide if she is keeping her feelings a secret to not only the people around her but the readers too, or if she is keeping them even from herself, or if she really doesn’t know her feelings yet and is dodging them.  Whatever the situation may be, she drives me up a wall and I wish she would just come out and tell us whats going on in her head already!  Its like I know her struggles, her past, her protectiveness of Prim and helpless children in general, but id like to know her desires and emotions pertaining to what she has been through and is going through.  As I read I hear myself sounding like a shrink. 
Katniss: Peeta is in danger at the Capital
……..and how does that make you feel?
Katniss: Gale loves me
………..and how does that make you feel?
Katniss: I have chosen to symbolize the rebellion
 ………and how does that make you feel?
WORK WITH ME HERE SISTER!  I know your tough and good at being the strong protective type, but your still human.  I just want to know if her lack of emotion is 100% a defense or if she really is more masculine in that way.  Not to be sexist but male friends I have tend to miss the obvious and confuse their thoughts or not even think about them as much as a girl would.  They tend to under analyze while girls typically over analyze far too much.  What do we think, because both would fit well with who she is.


  1. I think it is partially connected to the fact that like we were talking about in class today Katniss hasn’t had room in her life for anything except survival. All of her energy has been put into keeping herself and her family alive. We were talking about in relation to the fact that she doesn’t know how to be anything but genuine, but I think it applies to this as well. She doesn’t truly understand how she feels because she has never allowed herself to feel much of anything. Also the fact that her father died when she was so young and her mother suffered from such severe depression that she didn’t receive the examples of expressing feelings that a child would normally get from their parent. Her mother felt too much to the point that she wasn’t able to take care of her children and she is very resentful of that. She finally seems to be able to get past some of that, but there are still residual effects of that emotion in their relationship. However she seems to not want to feel much because every time she tries to feel something positive, it is taken away from her or damaged in some way. She loved her father and mother as a child and her father died and her mother became unreachable emotionally due to her severe depression. She didn’t get the chance to figure out her real feelings for Peeta or Gale because she was forced to pretend to be in love with Peeta in order to survive. I think that her lack of understanding her own feelings is partly because of her experiences and partly because she doesn’t want to feel emotions because all strong emotions have lead to pain in her life.

  2. Are feelings a luxury when it comes to survival?

  3. When it comes to survival, are feelings a luxury, or a liability? Like Jill said, her mom's feelings almost killed all three of them after her father died. For Katniss, strong emotions HAVE lead to pain. She cared for her father, he died, then her mother's grieving forced Katniss to be the parent. Prim, Rue, Finnick, Madge, a lot of the people she cared for died. Her feelings have only ever lead to trouble. Let alone her waterworks mother.