It’s just one more part of the lie the Capitol has concocted. When Peeta and I made it into the final eight in the Hunger Games, they sent reporters to do personal stories about us. When they asked about my friends, everyone directed them to Gale. But it wouldn’t do, what with the romance I was playing out in the arena, to have my best friend be Gale.
He was too handsome, too male, and not the least bit willing to smile and play nice for the cameras.
We do resemble each other, though, quite a bit. We have that Seam look. Dark straight hair, olive skin, gray eyes. So some genius made him my cousin.
p.12 Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins
if anything gale is a tragedy and deserves our sympathies rather than our ire, i’m sorry. (i’m not sorry.)
the capitol took his best friend, the woman he loves, away from him twice. they burned his home to the ground. they made him have his name in that reaping bowl 42 times so his family wouldn’t starve to death. you want to know why gale is angry? you want to know why gale will do whatever it takes? because he got pushed to the brink of things and that is not his fault and i’m going to be angry forever that people think it is. our introduction to katniss is how she wanted to drown a cat because it was another mouth to feed. things are desperate in district twelve, and gale saw a lot of things katniss didn’t see, like five mouths to feed instead of two and their homes burning to the ground.
the games make katniss softer than she used to be. the games make gale harder than he used to be. the war happens and she stays soft and the war happens and he becomes a soldier because the capitol is not winning any more victories over him. gale hawthorne is 19-years-old and the capitol has won enough victories over him. he won’t lose anyone else. he won’t go back into those mines that killed his father.
so, his home gets burned to the ground, and his revolution gets inverted, and he loses someone who was basically his sister — because he loved prim too which everyone seems to forget about — and the girl he loves in an accident not of his own making, and he moves in with the remnants of his destruction and probably thinks about how the capitol made him this way. and in the end he’s left with the rubble, and it’s a tragedy.
because, yeah, gale won the war. and the war won him right back.
truth over here ^
How I imagined “District 12” of The Hunger Games…
District 12, Coal Mines
District 12, Gale & Katniss’ Forest
District 12, Mellark Bakery
District 12, Reaping at the Square
District 12, Seam
District 12, Victor’s Village
District 12, The Hob
And I’ll include The Capitol
Down With The Capitol.