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  • Peeta Mellark is a fictional character from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins.

  • He is portrayed by actor Josh Hutcherson in The Hunger Games film series.

  • Peeta is the male tribute representing District 12 in the 74th annual Hunger Games, alongside

  • female tribute Katniss Everdeen. Together, they defy the rule that the Games may only

  • have one victor, unintentionally inciting a rebellion against the authoritarian government

  • of Panem.

  • Appearances The Hunger Games

  • Peeta is first introduced at the reaping for the 74th Hunger Games, when he is selected

  • as the male tribute representing District 12 alongside female tribute Katniss Everdeen.

  • Prior to the reaping, Katniss and Peeta had only interacted once: at age eleven, when

  • Peeta deliberately burned two loaves of bread and took a beating to feed a starving Katniss.

  • Katniss had always felt indebted to him for this kindness, but never worked up the courage

  • to thank him. During an interview preceding the Games, Peeta

  • admits on national television to having a long-standing crush on Katniss. She assumes

  • this is merely part of his strategy to win favor from wealthy Capitol sponsors.

  • Once inside the arena, Peeta allies himself with the "Career" tributes and tricks them

  • into believing he will lead them to Katniss. However, after Katniss knocks down a hive

  • of Tracker Jackers on her pursuers, she herself is stung with the insects' venom, rendering

  • her disoriented and vulnerable. Peeta urges Katniss to run and stays to fight fellow tribute

  • Cato while she escapes. He survives the encounter with Cato, but suffers a stab wound in his

  • leg. He camouflages himself into the rocks and fauna alongside a riverbank, slowly dying

  • of blood poisoning until Katniss finds him days later.

  • Due to an announcement proclaiming that there can be two winners if both originate from

  • the same district, Katniss and Peeta now find themselves allies. Katniss realizes that if

  • they play up the love story, she may gain viewers' affections. Later on, a 'feast' is

  • announced, in which items that each tribute needs will be placed on a table for them to

  • take, organized by district. Peeta strongly suggests that Katniss does not go, as he knows

  • that she will be in danger. She agrees to stay with him, but receives a bottle of sleep

  • syrup from her mentor that allows her to put him into a drug induced sleep, which she uses

  • as an opportunity to sneak off to the "feast". The medicine gifted to them by the Capitol

  • is strong enough to heal both of their wounds by morning.

  • After killing the final tribute, a Career from District 2 named Cato, Katniss and Peeta

  • are the last three alive. Instead of being crowned joint victors, an announcement is

  • made revoking the previous revision and allowing for only one victor. Peeta suggests that Katniss

  • go on and kill him to allow herself to return home. Katniss then suggests they commit suicide

  • by consuming deadly berries known as "nightlock." Before the two are able to get the berries

  • into their mouths, a final announcement is made pleading for the two to stop, informing

  • them and the audience that Katniss and Peeta have been named the official winners of the

  • 74th Hunger Games. Later, the two learn that President Snow found their actions as an act

  • of rebellion against the Capitol. After their last interview where the two continue on the

  • act of being madly in love, Peeta comes to the realization that Katniss had staged her

  • love for him. Catching Fire

  • Peeta and Katniss embark on the Victory Tour, an event strategically timed in-between each

  • Hunger Games, where the victors visit the other 11 districts as a reminder about the

  • Games and for the Capitol to reinforce its power over the Districts. Peeta and Katniss

  • have barely interacted since the Games; Peeta is disappointed with Katniss for faking affection

  • for him and Katniss is confused about her feelings and is uncomfortable to be with him

  • because of her close friendship with Gale Hawthorne, who also has strong feelings for

  • her. During the victory tour Peeta apologizes for his behavior and jokes that both would

  • be willing to die for each other, but don't know each other's favorite color. Before the

  • Victory Tour, President Snow visits Katniss and tells her he is aware that she was faking

  • the affection towards Peeta, and that her actions in the arena have sparked a rebellion

  • - one that can only be averted if she presents her and Peeta’s attempt at joined suicide

  • in the arena as an act of love-crazed teenagers rather than as defiance.

  • Katniss and Peeta think they are going to become mentors for the Quarter Quell, a special

  • Hunger Games that occurs every 25 years and comes with a change in rules, usually to make

  • them more gruesome than the normal Games. The new twist for the 75th Games is that the

  • tributes will be chosen from living victors. District 12 has only 3 living victors: Katniss,

  • Peeta, and Haymitch Abernathy. Haymitch is their constantly drunken mentor who won the

  • 50th Hunger Games. It's clear Katniss will be the girl tribute, as she is the only living

  • female District 12 victor. Peeta makes Haymitch promise to work to save Katniss, not him.

  • He also vows that if Haymitch is chosen, he will volunteer in his place. Katniss makes

  • Haymitch promise that if Peeta is the male tribute, she and Haymitch will work together

  • to keep Peeta alive, even at the expense of Katniss's life. It is a torn alliance for

  • Haymitch. When Haymitch is drawn as the male tribute, Peeta automatically volunteers to

  • take his place. Many of the other returning tributes are friends with each other, but

  • Katniss and Peeta have a disadvantage. They have met none of them, as they are the newest

  • victors. Peeta hopes to play on their sympathies to gain protection from others in the arena,

  • and support from sponsors for Katniss. To this end he lies to everybody on national

  • television, saying Katniss and he had secretly got married before the Quell was announced,

  • and that Katniss is pregnant. This shocks both Katniss and the whole of Panem.

  • During the Quell, Peeta comes in contact with a force field and his heart stops. Katniss

  • and Peeta’s efficient ally, Finnick Odair, succeeds in reviving him with CPR. Finnick

  • Odair is the District 4 male victor tribute and a stunningly good-looking young man. The

  • three soon band together with a few other tributes: Mags from District 4, Beetee and

  • Wiress from District 3, and Johanna Mason from District 7. Eventually, they find out

  • that the arena is shaped like a clock, with 12 sections, and each section is triggered

  • at the same times each day. Different hours indicated different tortures such as blood

  • rain, acid fog, killer monkeys, and so on. As they formulate a plan to kill the remaining

  • tributes, Wiress is killed and Katniss is attacked by Johanna. However, Katniss is completely

  • unaware that Johanna is just following through with a rebellious plan. Once Katniss regains

  • consciousness she realizes that Beetee had designed a way to destroy the force field

  • surrounding the arena. She triggers it and destroys the field, setting off a chain of

  • events. A rebel-controlled hovercraft arrives and rescues Katniss, Finnick, and Beetee.

  • However, Peeta, Johanna and Enobaria have been captured by the Capitol. Finnick, Beetee,

  • Haymitch, Johanna and a few other tributes were part of a plan to safely retrieve Katniss

  • and Peeta from the arena with hopes that they would take on roles to start a revolution

  • against the Capitol. Mockingjay

  • Peeta is captured by the Capitol and is tortured physically, emotionally, and mentally. His

  • feelings and memories are distorted with hallucinogenic tracker jacker venom, a mind-control technique.

  • The Capitol uses this method to turn Peeta against Katniss, making him believe that she

  • is not only responsible for the death of his family, friends and the destruction of District

  • 12, but also that she tried to kill him numerous times and that she is not even human, but

  • rather an evil "mutt". This leads him to try and strangle Katniss when he is reunited with

  • her in District 13. The doctors of District 13 try to undo his hijacking, but the process

  • is slow and turns his terror into confusion, where he is unable to differentiate what is

  • real and what is not, especially when it came to his relationship with Katniss.

  • When the rest of the victors journey to the Capitol to fight, Peeta is initially kept

  • behind because he is considered too unstable to be sent into combat. However, President

  • Coin changes her mind and sends him not only into combat, but assigns him to Katniss's

  • squadron. Katniss theorizes that Coin has sent Peeta to remove her as an obstacle to

  • Coin's future as President. Despite the fact that the members of the squadron do not trust

  • him, they help with his recovery by creating a game called "Real or Not Real" in which

  • Peeta will ask them a question about something he believes may be true and the members will

  • confirm whether they are real or a hijacked memory. The squadron eventually comes to the

  • conclusion that President Coin had deliberately sent Peeta to Katniss' squad in hopes that

  • he will go mad and kill her because Coin sees Katniss as a political rival. Unfortunately,

  • during a surprise attack of "pods", Peeta actually does lose his sanity temporarily

  • in the midst of the chaos and tries to kill Katniss once again, but she rolls out of the

  • way of his gun in an attempt to crush her skull. He becomes responsible at least in

  • part for the death of one of their team members, who he accidentally throws into a barbed-wire

  • net pod during the attack. The squadron repeatedly debate whether or not they should kill Peeta,

  • and even Peeta himself asks to be killed to stop endangering them, but Katniss refuses

  • to when realizing she cannot bring herself to let him die. She even kisses him for a

  • period of time, which actually makes him stable. Realizing he cannot convince anyone to kill

  • him or leave him to die, Peeta insists on remaining cuffed instead since the pain in

  • his wrists helps him stay focused in reality instead of succumbing to madness. Further

  • on in the Capitol, the nightmares in Peeta's mind become so intense that he is on the brink

  • of losing his sanity, but Katniss manages to reach him. After the rebels win the war,

  • Katniss is driven to depression and mental instability due to the death of her sister,

  • Prim. Peeta's hijacking is soon mostly recovered by several doctors and he is considered mentally

  • stable and finally back to his former self. Upon returning home, he plants primroses,

  • the flower which Prim was named after, in memory of her.

  • In the epilogue, Katniss and Peeta have two children together. It is implied by Katniss

  • that Peeta wanted to have children first and took around 10–15 years to persuade Katniss

  • to start a family. He still has moments where his hijacking will try to take over again,

  • causing Peeta to clench onto something until the attempt passes.

  • Characterization Peeta is sixteen years old in The Hunger Games

  • and seventeen in Catching Fire and Mockingjay. Medium height and stocky, he possesses the

  • same blue eyes and blond hair typical of District 12's merchant class. Part of Peeta's left

  • leg was amputated following the 74th Hunger Games. He walks with the aid of a prosthetic

  • leg for the rest of his life. Peeta's name, like the more common given name

  • "Peter", is derived from the Greek word πέτρος meaning "stone" or "rock". His name is also

  • a homophone of pita bread, which is derived from the Greek πηκτός, meaning "solid".

  • Author Suzanne Collins may have selected this name for Peeta because Katniss associates

  • him with both steadiness and the life-sustaining bread he makes for a living:

  • "His hands are as solid and warm as those loaves of bread. Peeta looks at me right in

  • the eye and gives my hand what I think is meant to be a reassuring squeeze."

  • "I’m glad now I have Peeta to clutch for balance, he is so steady, solid as a rock."

  • "I wrap my arms around his neck, feel his arms hesitate before they embrace me. Not

  • as steady as they once were, but still warm and strong."

  • Many of the talents Peeta exhibits in the arena are a byproduct of his work in the family

  • bakery and time spent on the school wrestling team. An accomplished baker and painter, he

  • is also particularly skilled at hand-to-hand combat, camouflage, wielding knives, and starting

  • fires. Peeta also has a remarkable talent for speaking to crowds. Not only is he initially

  • responsible for making the Capitol crowds fall in love with Katniss, Katniss herself

  • mentions that Peeta would be invaluable to the revolution because of his ability "to

  • turn his pain into words that will transform people."

  • Quotes describing Peeta "What about you? I’ve seen you in the market.

  • You can lift hundred pound bags of flour," I snap at him. "Tell him that. That’s not

  • nothing." - Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games "I may have been a catalyst for rebellion,

  • but a leader should be someone with conviction, and I'm barely a convert myself. Someone with

  • unflinching courage, and I'm still working hard at even finding mine. Someone with clear

  • and persuasive words, and I'm so easily tongue-tied. Words. I think of words and I think of Peeta.

  • How people embrace everything he says. He could move a crowd to action, I bet, if he

  • chose to. Would find the things to say. But I'm sure the idea has never crossed his mind."

  • - Katniss Everdeen, Catching Fire "Peeta would be more valuable alive, and tragic,