In Collins, The Hunger Games (18-27) I noticed this passage:
“Out of the corner of my eye, I see Peeta extend his hand. I look at him, unsure. ‘One more time? For the audience?’ he says. His voice isn’t angry. It’s hollow, which is worse. Already the boy with the bread is slipping away from me.”
After the activity that we did in class on Tuesday, I have been keeping a close eye on whether Peeta is sincere with his love for Katniss. In class, I had said that he was sincere. After finishing the novel, I am unsure with where I stand. Within the last few pages of the book when Katniss says that her actions in the Games were influenced by Haymitch, Peeta seems very upset, and he is questioning their future. The author also notes for us that “the pain in his voice is palpable” (pg. 373). At this point, I was absolutely positive that Peeta is truly in love with Katniss. Then, at the bottom of this same page, when they are about to go in front of the cameras, Peeta says, “One more time? For the audience?” After reading this line, I find myself questioning his sincerity. Did his actions serve for the sake of entertainment? Or is he just trying to cover up his pain by pretending that he was merely putting on a show for the audience? This is the Hunger Games, where everybody masks their true feelings. I guess that I will have to read the next two books to find out.