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Initial post: Apr 11, 2012 10:59:04 AM PDT
Some think that Peeta is weak physically, while others think that he is strong mentally. What do you think about his character?

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 3:01:26 PM PDT
R. Suhoza says:
Peeta is a little week physically but mentally he is so strong !!! He has had to out think so may other characters!! As well as has chosen to take the roll of protector!!

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 3:04:21 PM PDT
Diane Boover says:
Not many people manage to stay true to themselves for very long. The type of strength he exhibits is focal. for better or worse, this strength is what creates and destroys.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 3:12:09 PM PDT
K. Mayrhofer says:
I think Peeta is strong, both physically and mentally! We are told in the first book that he can lift and throw 100 lb sacks of flour. That's no easy task. And throughout all Peeta has gone through, he's maintained who he is. He held up and didn't let the Capitol change him, just like he wanted. I really want to talk about all that happens in Mockingjay, but don't want to post spoilers for anyone who hasn't read it! But, if you have read it, just imagine going through everything that he does and still coming back.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 3:21:32 PM PDT
AmentLVR says:
He's strong; I just think that he doesn't know how to use his strength. Lack of need for survival, I guess.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 3:38:20 PM PDT
barbaram81 says:
If someone has read the book, they will discern that Peeta is not physically weak. The kid had no problems tossing those big bags of flour or that giant weight when he was showing off for the judges. Did he get stabbed with a sword and become disabled during the game? Yep, but it was a SWORD, not a pocket knife! If people remember correctly Katniss was nearly killed twice but was saved by luck at the cornucopia and Thresh when getting Peeta's anti-biotic. Just because Peeta has strong morals and ethics does not make him weak. How are these things mutually-exclusive?

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 4:44:28 PM PDT
S. Horn says:
I agree with you - Suzanne Collins often describes Peeta's physical strength. Being seriously injured isn't really a physical flaw. Peeta is consistently my favorite character in the novel series because of his unique combination of moral strength and altruism he exhibits. Whenever a character is put into an incredibly stressful situation, their true character is shown. And, throughout the many stresses of both arenas, Peeta shows that he's able to remain true to himself despite the horrors he has to endure.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 5:28:00 PM PDT
I think Peeta is doing what he has to do to keep the cause going, without getting himself killed and still be there for Katliss when she needs him most. The truth about his supposed traitor status will appease us all.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 6:05:06 PM PDT
Peeta is not trained in hunting or combat skills but he he is physically strong. He is accustomed to lifting heavy bags of flour and so forth. He also has tremendous strength of character. He is careful to guard what is most important to him-namely Katniss and maintaining his humanity throughout the games.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 6:07:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 11, 2012 6:17:11 PM PDT
Peeta is both physically and mentally strong. He also proves throughout the series, to be intelligent and brave. The difference between him and Katniss (and Gale for that matter) is that Peeta lacks the survival skills that she was able to bring with her to the Arena. He was a baker! Katniss was forced into survival mode long before she entered the games.

Also, in his defense the instances in which he may be perceived to be weak, all had to do with him being incapacitated. In book one he is severely wounded by Cato, while fighting to protect Katniss. There is not much he could do when he was fighting to stay alive. I won't mention what happens in the second book in consideration of those who may not have gotten that far yet. However, the point is that if Peeta had been allowed to be 100% healthy- any tribute would have been lucky to have him as an ally.

Posted on Apr 11, 2012 6:08:23 PM PDT
We first see Peetra's moral strength in a flash back when we learn that he's "the boy with the bread" - he dared his mother's wrath, and a physical reprimand, when he purposely burned the bread loaves so that he could go 'give them to the pigs' and sneak over to give them to Katniss instead. And this was at age... 11ish. That's his true character - and the games can't take that away from him.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 11, 2012 6:16:27 PM PDT
Barbara- I agree with you completely. I feel that Peeta's physical strength is called into question because of the fact that he was rendered disabled. The wound that he received at the hands of Cato was life threatening. It's not like it was a superficial wound, which he could just patch up and be on his way.

Maybe he is seen as weak because of the fact that Cato was able to injure him. The fact is that Cato was a career and therefore trained from a young age to be a fighter. Peeta was a baker's son. It's not like he was being trained to fight, hunt, and survive. He did the best he could considering that he was terribly ill prepared for what he would be facing in the arena. I think that fact that Cato didn't kill him, says more about his physical strength than anything else.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 1:20:14 AM PDT
He's both, Peeta is physically strong because he and katniss had that discussion about him tossing around sacks of flour. I think he's emotionally strong also which can account for his mental strength.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 12, 2012 1:34:09 AM PDT
KTS says:
I agree with you. I have read the first two books of the trilogy and a synopsis of the third. In the Hunger Games you can easily tell by reading the book that he is strong both physically and mentally. Just saw the movie yesterday and thought it was good,but as usual the book is better.

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 5:05:45 PM PDT
Juliette says:
Peeta is both mentally and physically strong. But i admired his mental strength most. He remained himself and vowed not to change even if it meant death. He rationally thought about decisions, baseing them off of his strong morals. I think his comitment to being himself truly defined his character.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 5:45:55 PM PDT
If you had read all three Hunger Game books, you might change some of your thoughts, I know I did, I'm not at the end so I hope it all turns around will keep in touch with these responces. Love Peeta though,

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 6:02:16 PM PDT
Juliette says:
I have read all three. I did not feel the tracker jacker incident dammaged his veiws. He tried very hard to become himself once again. This change was not his fault @Linda

Posted on Apr 16, 2012 6:11:12 PM PDT
@Juliette- I agree that despite Peeta also being physically strong, it was his mental strength that endured throughout the series. Peeta's character was the redeeming quality in all three books, in my opinion. Despite the tracker jacker incident, he was able to fight his way back. If he had been weak in any way, he would have never recovered from that.

In reply to an earlier post on Apr 16, 2012 7:58:20 PM PDT
kudos to you, you got it.

Posted on Apr 23, 2012 10:29:42 AM PDT
Bella says:
love Peeta!! He is enough strong mentally to compensate for any physical weakness.

Posted on May 1, 2012 1:31:38 PM PDT
D. M. White says:
Peeta is extremely strong mentally but also physically. In HG he became disabled but not weak.
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