All about Gale Hawthorne
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❒ Peacekeeper ❒ Baker ✔ Hunter
Gale, being born and raised in The Seam part of District 12 is used to stavation. He has 3 siblings, Rory , the second oldest, Vick, and the only girl, Posy. Trying to support his family, he has to apply for Tesserae multiple times. He is 18, possibly 19 in the late chapters of Catching Fire and Mocking Jay. He hunts offten, mostly with Katniss, that being how they met. When Katniss was 12, and him 14, both of their dads died in the same mining accident, and soon they became hunting partners. Katniss says that at 14, “Gale already looked like a man” And it is later mentioned he was over 6 feet tall. He has olive skin, straight black hair, and grey eyes, the way many people from The Seam look. It is proved he is in love with Katniss because he says so in Catching Fire, and their relationship grows in each book. Also, he hates The Capitol and has scars on his back from when he was whipped in Catching Fire.
Just like Katniss and most people from the Seam, Gale has black hair, olive skin and shares Katniss’s grey eyes. They look so alike that people believe them to be cousins in Catching Fire. In Catching Fire, it is explained in further detail that, when the Capitol sent out interviewers, most people lead them to Gale. The Capitol’s interviewer reached the Seam, where most or all people look similar, and “so some genius made him [Katniss’s] cousin.” Muscular and good looking, girls flock to him — though he seems to have eyes for Katniss alone (although it is mentioned before he was in love with Katniss, he had kissed quite a lot of girls.) She describes Gale as a boy who could have any girl he wanted, because of the way girls whisper about him. Johanna called him “gorgeous” and Katniss’s prep team said, not everyone was born with camera-ready faces, with Gale as an exception. His good looks are mentioned throughout the series. She also describes him as smelling like apples, sometimes alder smoke and his skin smells like oranges.
In The Hunger Games, Gale Hawthorne was not yet working in the coal mines, and was mainly supporting his family through tesserae and the money and meat he made from poaching. By Catching Fire, Gale had turned nineteen and was working in the coal mines. This gave a little more money, but left him less time to hunt. He still made time to hunt on Sundays with Katniss. This job took place of the tesserae, but did not help his family in finances.
His poaching was stopped in Catching Fire, after Katniss and Gale got into a heated argument. Gale was caught with a fresh turkey when he went to sell it at the Head Peacekeeper, Cray’s, home. Unknown to Gale and the rest of the community, Cray had been replaced by another cruel Head Peacekeeper, Thread. Gale was forced to admit his guilt and was then whipped horribly. Peeta was with Katniss when the two witnessed Gale’s whipping. Peeta had told Katniss to leave when he saw the scene, knowing full well that Katniss would try to stop Thread but even with his warning, Katniss rushed to Gale’s aid, getting lashed herself in the process. Peeta and Haymitch had to step in before Thread could hurt Katniss. The whipping was soon brought to an end and Gale was rushed to Mrs. Everdeen, Katniss’ mother, for medical treatment. Katniss was by Gale’s side during the treatment and kissed him once out of worry, which brought Gale back to consciousness. Both Katniss and Gale had to stop their treks into the woods when the new Peacekeeper decides, just to be safe, to put a 24-7 electric fence up surrounds the woods so that no one can get in or out.
At the beginning of Mockingjay, he works particularly closely with Beetee, designing weaponry for District 13, and later goes in as a soldier on the ground to assassinate President Snow. Gale eventually moves to District 2, where he currently lives and continues working for the military.
Gale enjoys a good laugh now and then. He can be quick to anger, but always keeps it under control. His hatred for The Capitol boldly shines. He will rant about the Capitol and District 12 and everything he can think of out in the woods, where he thinks no one can hear him. He is brave and willing to fight for what he believes and for Katniss’ love. He is willing to do anything to protect Katniss and her family.
Gale is an idealist, trying to believe the world can change for the better. This is proven by his commitment to the rebellion. He said he would rather stay and fight than run off with Katniss in the woods, despite his initial pleasure at the idea of leaving with her. He is quite the rebel, fighting for what he believes in, no matter what the odds or consequences.
Gale looks out for his three siblings, Rory, Vick, and Posy, and his mother, Hazelle, by himself. His father died in the same mine accident as Katniss’s father did. Gale originally supported his family by illegally hunting and applying for extra tesserae. As of Catching Fire, when he is too old for the Games, he works in the same mines as his father used to, twelve hours a day.
Even though Katniss wants to help him, he refuses every coin and help she offers, excluding the meat she brings over. Katniss and her family are just like family to him, as they look out for each other and share many things in common. At the end of Catching Fire, Gale saves Prim, Mrs. Everdeen, and about 800 other District 12 citizens when the Capitol bombs District 12.
[Thanks to the SOURCE: http://thehungergames.wikia.com/wiki/Gale_Hawthorne]
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