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Romeo and Juliet vs Catniss and Peeta

By isabel1499 Apr 20, 2014 541 Words

In Romeo and Juliet, Juliet takes a potion that makes her appear dead, but she is really in a deep sleep. Romeo thinks that she’s actually dead, so he decides that he's going to kill himself right by her side. When Juliet wakes up and finds that Romeo has killed himself, she too kills herself, for real. In the Hunger Games Peeta and Katniss face a very difficult decision. In the middle of the games the Gamemakers twist the rules and they say that two people from each district can win. They do this to emphasize Peeta’s admiration for Katniss. When the two of them are the last ones surviving they think that they have won they Hunger Games, but to their surprise, the Gamemakers change the rules back to the way it was before, and now only one can win. Katniss knows that she can’t kill Peeta, and Peeta won’t kill her, so they decide that they will both have to die by eating poison berries. The relation of these two stories have more to it than the double suicide. In both stories they were committing suicide for rebellion against the higher power. Although suicide is never the answer, they thought that would be the only way that they could beat the higher power. Also in both stories they are sacrificing themselves for one another. This relates back to the the theme, they were showing that they really did care about each other, and they were willing to sacrifice their lives for each other. like Romeo and Juliet, Katniss and Peeta's love is tragic based on circumstance. While Romeo and Juliet are at odds because of their families, Katniss and Peeta are at odds because of their government. And the odds are never in their favour because, after all, love is never fair. It’s on the chariot toward the Games that Katniss’ relationship with Peeta is truly shown. She is grateful to hold his hand because she feels his support, but she recognizes that she is also supporting him. Even after the games, she continues to hold Peeta’s hand throughout the interviews and, without a leg to stand on, Peeta is also happy to find his balance. This mutual support is easily recognized as love. Romeo and Juliet highlights how selfish love is. Romeo and Juliet ignore everyone but themselves. They shut out the rest of the world, thinking only of their love. Katniss, on the other hand, considers the reactions and feelings of everyone at home, like her family, Peeta’s family, and the rest of their district are just as present as their love for each other. Another difference is that Romeo and Juliet both end up dying, and Peeta and Katniss end up surviving. Katniss and Peeta both have somebody who secretly helps them which is the head Gamemaker,just like Romeo and Juliet had their priest friend Friar Laurence. Katniss might not be head over heels in love with Peeta at first, like Juliet was with Romeo, but at the end Katniss loved Peeta, just as much ans Juliet loved Romeo. It was really touching that these two couples would sacrifice their lives to be together forever, dead or alive.

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