dandelionsandfiremutts replied to your post: dandelionsandfiremutts said: Girl, I love you to…
I just think it goes against a lot of the points Collins was trying to make with the series. And also, Mrs. E. loved her husband to a ridiculous degree, so I can’t see her screwing around…
Because my interpretation of the series revolves around the idea of the characters finding their humanity through love and compassion. That’s why Panem was so easily stirred to a rebellion by Katniss and Peeta threatening to commit suicide together, instead of one giving in and killing the other. In Katniss the Cattail, one of the authors makes the point that what neither Katniss or Snow seem to get is that their being in love IS the rebellion. This is a nation that has stripped away every last ounce of its empathy, compassion and humanity, so the idea that two people would harm themselves instead of the other is a revolutionary one.
I also believe that the love triangle in the parents generation as well as the triangle between Katniss/Peeta/Gale is all symbolic of Panem’s fight against oppression. In the first generation, Mrs. Everdeen has the choice of continuing her safe life as a Merchant by marrying Mr. Mellark - or she could choose something potentially better, which was true love with Mr. Everdeen. She risked and gave up everything for her belief in this - and she lost him. Just as the first rebellion risked everything in the fight against the Capitol, and lost the war, resulting in the creation of The Hunger Games. Mr. Everdeen’s death is symbolic of this.
With Katniss/Peeta/Gale, we have the symbolic representation of the second rebellion. Again, Katniss, representing Panem, has the choice to stick with her Seam comfort zone in Gale. Who, while itching to strike against the Capitol, still represents rage, and an eye for an eye making the whole world blind. This is why he falls in line with Coin and 13, which isn’t much better than Snow and the Capitol were. Or, she can choose Peeta - who is completely outside her comfort zone, and would require a lot of risk to open herself up to, but ultimately he represents compassion and hope. Mrs. Everdeen going to the Seam represents the fallen dream of the first rebellion, while Katniss ending up with the Merchant represents Panem picking itself up from the dark place it had fallen and reaching for its humanity once more. Similarly, this is why Katniss and Prim are both distinctively colored by one of the two classes - Seam or Merchant - while the Mellark son and daughter are a mixture of both. Katniss and Prim are the divide cause from the failure of the first rebellion, and the Boy and Girl Mellark are the closing of that divide.
And that brings me to why I think it goes against the point that Collins was trying to make. The Everdeens were a family that were about love and trying to do the right thing, even when it goes against everything the Capitol wanted them to do. They may have fallen, but it was over something so incredibly important that it was worth it to take the risk at all. Katniss is shocked when she sees Mrs. Mellark strike Peeta for dropping the bread in the ovens, because nothing like that ever happens in their family. But based on everything, I definitely got the impression that Mrs. Mellark’s actions were the far more common ones in the society they lived in. The Everdeens were compassion and kindness in a world where it was scoffed at. Which is why kind people have a way of working themselves inside Katniss and taking root there, and why it was so important to her character arc for her to learn how to open up and do the same thing.
So I don’t think it makes sense at all in the context of this interpretation for Mrs. Everdeen to be screwing around with Mr. Mellark behind Mr. Everdeen’s back. Furthermore, from the technical standpoint of putting together a story, what does it even add to it? It doesn’t get built upon at all, or even really implied beyond a couple of things that can be interpreted in multiple ways. I mean, I pretty much have Seam coloring, and my sisters were both blonde with blue eyes - but there’s no question whatsoever that we have the same set of parents. And Prim wanting to look at the pasteries was exactly the kind of thing I loved to do as a little girl, and I’m pretty sure millions of little girls have liked to do, because they’re pretty to look at. I don’t think it implies any kind of hidden meaning, to be honest. Mr. Mellark being the father to Prim is a pretty big thing to be throwing in there with absolutely to building upon or resolution or even flat-out mention, IMHO.
And if nothing else, on a personal level, I’m just squicked out at the thought of Katniss and Peeta procreating when they have a sibling in common.