thedistrict4coast said: just curious, but do we know what happens to the pearl Peeta gives to Katniss after the war? and do you think there was any symbolism behind it? Thanks :)
We never find out what happened with the pearl after the war. The last time we see it is in Mockingjay, chapter 21:
“Should we free his hands?” asks Leeg 1.
“No!” Peeta growls at her, drawing his cuffs in close to his body.
“No,” I echo. “But I want the key.” Jackson passes it over without a word. I slip it into my pants pocket, where it clicks against the pearl.
The pearl was symbolism for “old Peeta”. Katniss holds on to it in MJ, gets it out of her drawer and looks at it, rubs it against her lips. She’s trying to hold on to the hope that Peeta is alive and will be rescued and come back to her. And later, when he comes back hijacked, it’s not so much about holding on to hope that he’ll come back to her from the hijacking. It’s more about holding on to the memory of “old Peeta”:
Sometimes when I‘m alone, I take the pearl from where it lives in my pocket and try to remember the boy with the bread, the strong arms that warded off nightmares on the train, the kisses in the arena. To make myself put a name to the thing I‘ve lost. But what‘s the use? It‘s gone. He‘s gone. Whatever existed between us is gone.
But realistically, that Peeta would never come back, hijacking or no hijacking. Because the “old Peeta” is great and all, but Katniss sees him in a idealized manner. Just like he sees her. So the “old Peeta” is in fact “idealized Peeta”
The key in that scene from MJ chapter 21, represents the hijacked Peeta. So I love that sentence where she puts the key into the pocket where it clicks against the pearl. Because that sentence joins together the hijacked Peeta (the “bad” one) and the idealized Peeta (the “perfect, I could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him” Peeta). It’s Katniss taking the key, taking the “bad”, placing it along side the “perfect”, holding on to both of them equally. For me it’s a sentence that was a foreshadowing for later- it’s not bad, it’s not perfect, it’s a mixture of both. And it’s real.