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Character Analysis Peeta Mellark of the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins



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Peeta Mellark is one of the main characters in the Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. He is one of the "tributes" in The Hunger Games and Catching Fire from District 12. Peeta is in love with the novels' protagonist and narrator, Katniss Everdeen. The two of them barely speak to each other before the series begins, but as time wears on; they become enemies, friends and something more.

Many of the characters of the characters in the Hunger Games trilogy are either strong and stubborn or seemingly weak and in need of assistance. Peeta Mellark is a mixture of the two. He is not weak, unless it comes to Katniss. He does ask assistance, but he sometimes requires it because of the lengths he goes to for Katniss. He is very strong, despite his lack of stubbornness and drive for self-preservation. In fact, it may be his lack of concern for himself that gives the reader the feeling that Peeta is much stronger than Katniss in some ways.

Peeta is certainly kinder than Katniss and most of the other characters in the Hunger Games trilogy. Sure, Katniss has her moments of kindness, but Peeta never falters in his. This very kindness brings Katniss and Peeta together in the Hunger Games. Without it, Katniss surely would have done her best to kill Peeta. That kindness did not necessarily save only Peeta Mellark either. The bond that occurred between Peeta and Katniss surely got her out of many bad situations. He sacrificed himself for her on numerous occasions.

Resourcefulness is a quality that is seen in nearly every character in the Hunger Games trilogy in some form. Katniss is immensely resourceful. Her mother and sister are resourceful in their own way. The other tributes are resourceful in their own way as well. Peeta Mellark is not the sort of resourceful that you find in other characters. His resourcefulness is almost accidental. His kind and likeable personality gets him and Katniss out of, or almost out of, loads of trouble. He also seems to have an unending source of willpower and love.

Peeta Mellark is easily the most loveable character in the Hunger Games trilogy. He is much less violent than the others are. He is faithful, intelligent, artistic, handsome, giving, loving and so on. In short, Peeta Mellark is almost the perfect person. The character is slightly unrealistic, but that does not take away from his charm one bit.

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