Tim Schock wrote on the Peeta thread a comment I thought worthy of greater attention and further exploration than it would receive there. He suggests that Peeta was right about Coin and District 13 in his interview statements to Caesar Flickerman and that Katniss only comes to appreciate his seemingly traitorous insights after Prim’s death and the Mockingjay’s conversation with President Snow in the Rose Room. Mr. Schock equates the fictional Snow and Coin with the real-life Presidents Bush and Obama, which equation will no doubt offend partisans of left and right; please keep your comments focused on the question Was Peeta Right? or they will be deleted. Here is the original Schock comment:
District 13 is very much a Huxley-esque world. It is itself a dictatorship that has simply been waiting for the right time to seize control of the Capitol and Panem as a whole. Coin and Snow are basically one in the same. Two sides of the same coin if you will. Much like the current and previous US Presidents. They talk differently and have differing social expectations but are still interested in the same things; theft and killing brown people.
Katniss (with Peeta’s help) began to understand that this revolution wasn’t a revolution at all. It was an invasion. It could be compared to the Nazi’s invading the Soviet Union during WW2. One evil power attempting to occupy another and subsequently rule all of it’s territory.
Peeta warned Katniss of this during his broadcasts from the Capitol. It wasn’t clear what the intent was at first, but eventually it became clear. His information wasn’t complete, and perhaps was totally false–but his warning was real. He made her think. He made her question the reality before her and seek answers to find the truth. In the end she realized what was really going on.
Your comments and corrections, please!