Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay (Page 125-126)
Some people seem to forget, all too often, that this thought exists, and it’s not too terribly far into the book either. Something significant happened and Gale didn’t tell her about it. If I were in her shoes — which the books being in her POV make easy — I would feel the same way. The betrayal she feels in that moment is real. She insults him to, what? Make sure it stung. I’m sorry, but does that really sound like someone who is getting along super well with the other person being referred to?
She detaches herself from him, somewhat drastically, as soon as she sees that first interview with Peeta, and then him getting beat up on TV drove that wedge even more. She could have gone to Gale that night for comfort, or reassurance, but instead she goes to Finnick. Because he understands what she’s going through. He knows exactly how she feels, how alone, and used she feels. Gale doesn’t understand that. More to it, he doesn’t try to understand it. He doesn’t even thoroughly acknowledge how she’s feeling, he doesn’t ask, he doesn’t just go, “hey, how are you holding up?” which most friends would do, he just expects her to keep going. He expects her to be the Mockingjay above all else. Sure maybe he was a little concerned about Peeta, but he should have at the very least, been concerned about how Katniss was doing.
That’s what I don’t get about the Galeniss ship. Gale is unsupportive and doesn’t even try to understand. He doesn’t really listen. He’s upset when she demands they give Peeta and the others immunity. And he tries to kiss her even when, by that point, he knows that she’d never love anybody else the way she does Peeta, that no matter what happened, she’d always be longing for him. Yes, I mean longing. She would never be able to get over what happened to Peeta…”damaged beyond repair,” yeah, that’s pretty significant and that’s exactly what she is in Mockingjay.
And Gale doesn’t get that. He doesn’t try to get it, or listen about that even. He really does become an antagonist in Mockingjay. Not a vengeful, agh, let’s kill everybody, kind of way…but in the sense that he’s pretty much against Katniss. He wants her to assume the role of the Mockingjay, at any cost. And I think that’s 50% of the reason he went to get Peeta from the Capitol, because he knew that getting Peeta back would make her a better Mockingjay — make her The Mockingjay. And that just hurts my soul so deep. I couldn’t stay friends with someone like that, and so I understand why they just stop talking altogether, because they were at odds.
And she doesn’t forgive. She said that in the first book, and the only person she genuinely forgave, was Haymitch. Haymitch cared. Haymitch comforted her when she needed it. Admitted his guilt over the whole thing. And got her to quit shutting Peeta out. I don’t know about you, but Haymitch was 1000 times the man that Gale was in Mockingjay, because he was there for and cared about Katniss.
Agh, I’d go on but this rant is already really long. And this is my opinion so please don’t send me hate mail about Gale. I don’t like him, he’s a horrible friend. That’s my opinion, so leave it be.
But it’s also totally in the text, if we’ve read the same book.
I like what you said about Haymitch. It is really something that she forgave him because she’s not quick to forgive. I guess it’s because they’re so alike. (More than Katniss and Gale are, in the end)
I agree with every single word about Gale, Haymitch and katniss here.