Our rocky ledge overlooking the valley. Perhaps a little less green than usual, but the blackberry bushes hang heavy with fruit. Here began countless days of hunting and snaring, fishing and gathering, roaming together through the woods, unloading our thoughts while we filled our game bags. This was the doorway to both sustenance and sanity. And we were each other’s key.
mockingjay is a novel about tearing two people who are inextricable apart because they have different ideas about what it means to survive and because of that she’s in mourning for half of the goddamn book it’s everywhere we were each other’s key i’m searching for something to hang on to sometimes out in the woods with gale i was actually happy she knows what is happening and she can’t stop it of course it ends with him walking away of course it ends with her wanting to open her eyes and see him in the woods again of course it doesn’t matter you want a study of what war does to people i give you this gale is mine. i am his. anything else is unthinkable. was unthinkable now it’s just reality gk is a love story. it’s just a sad one.
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 on fire. gale got people out. gale led people through the woods.
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.