Peeta: Not Your Average Baker's Boy

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According to Joseph Campbell, “A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Everyone imagines heroes differently. Heroes do not always have to have supernatural abilities. They can simply be regular people who make a difference in someone’s life. Peeta, from the Hunger Games Trilogy, is a hero in his own way. Peeta is just a regular young man until he is forced to go into the arena and fight to the death on live television. Peeta does not know the effect he is going to have. Peeta gave people hope and faith. Peeta does not try to become a hero, but the choices he makes are what led him to be known as a hero.
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Only... I want to die as myself. I don’t want them to change me in there. Turn me into some kind of monster that I’m not. I keep wishing I could think of a way to... to show the Capitol that they don’t own me. That I’m more than just a piece in their Games.’
The first qualities of Peeta being a hero are his selflessness and courage. After Peeta and Katniss are picked to go into the Hunger Games, Haymitch, their mentor, devises a plan: act like they are in love so they will get television viewers to like them and so they will get sponsors. Peeta agrees to go along with the plan; however, it is not an act for Peeta. Peeta does actually love Katniss. He has loved Katniss since the first time he had seen her at school when they were little. While in the arena he does everything he can to protect her. He teams up with the Careers at the start of the game. The Careers are the people who train their whole life for being in the Hunger Games. They go into the arena wanting to kill as many people as they can. Peeta teams up with the Careers because he knows that Katniss is going to be the first one they try to kill. Peeta is going to try to stray them away from Katniss. According to, Peeta bumped into Katniss and told her to run because the Careers were right behind him. Since the Careers saw them talking, they cut Peeta’s leg, kicked him out of their pack, and left him there to bleed to death. Halfway through the games, it is announced that there could be two victors as long as they came from the same district. That gives Peeta and Katniss hope that they will both be able to go home. Finally, they are the only two left. So, they think they had just won, but then the Capital announces that they have taken back what they said earlier and that there could only be one victor now. Peeta tells Katniss that she should be the one to...

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