April 4, 2012

Dandelions To Die For

The Letter D Chapter 4: Dandelions To Die For

Why does Katniss avoid Peeta? She doesn't want Peeta getting to her because he is so kind and selfless. He always thinks of others like when he offered to take a drunk Haymitch back to his room to clean the vomit off him, and when he gave Katniss the bread. She thinks the kinder the person, the more dangerous they are, so in an attempt to get rid of him she tosses the cookies his dad gave her out the train window, and they end up crashing in a bunch of dandelions.

What is the significance of the dandelion? It reminded Katniss that she wasn't doomed to die. In the schoolyard, after seeing Peeta's bruise on his face, she saw a dandelion, and she realized what she had to do to keep her family alive. She talks about hunting and learns to pick herbs and wild edible plants and flowers like the Katniss to eat. She begins hunting rabbit and catches fish.

If dandelions and the bread symbolized hope, the woods were her savior. She learned how to keep her family alive, but now she was going to the Capitol to die.

The events of the day were like an extended dream, where just this morning she was laughing with Gale, but it turned into a nightmare, and she wishes she could just fall asleep and wake up back in District 12.

In the morning she meets in the dining car with Peeta, Haymitch and Effie Trinket. Haymitch doesn't give them much advice other than "Stay Alive." This upsets Peeta and Katniss, and they lash out at him, only Peeta gets punched in the jaw. That's twice Peeta gets hurt for defending Katniss. I wonder why?

I don't believe for a minute that Peeta is thinking of killing Katniss. Why does she think like that? Does she want to piss him off just so it'd give her a reason to kill him or hate him? There is no need to kill him!!! That is the point I think. Peeta would die for her even if it meant being killed by her.


  1. What is the significance of the dandelion? It reminded Katniss that she wasn't doomed to die.

    Love those lines.
    Look forward to your challenge run…
    --Damyanti, Co-host A to Z Challenge April 2012

    Twitter: @AprilA2Z

  2. This is crazy - just happened to find you,I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge (#970)
    But the crazy part is that my "B" post is also about dandelions :)
    Great post!
    Leigh @oneandoneequalstwinfun.com

  3. Good analysis. I've read the book (and watched the movie), but I didn't even remember the dandelions.


Thanks for visiting.