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I clearly don't understand the motivation for President snow of the Hunger Games: Mockingjay and the leader of the Capitol (Capital) to hurt Katniss Everdeen by using Peeta on screen and getting Peeta to say all these things about a ceasefire but when the rescue team from District 13 go to the Capitol and rescue some remaining tributes from the Hunger Games that have been held ransom, they are helped out by some supporters in the Capital itself. But when they get Peeta back to 13, he attacks Katnis by strangling her.

Why would President Snow just let Peeta be captured by District 13 rescuers and let 13 take him? Also to add: why would Peeta have saved 13 from the bombing from the Capital and basically saves them, when he is rescued he attacks her? what is going on here?

  • Think back to the first film, and the end. Katniss saves Peeta's life by threatening to eat the poisonous berries, and thus kill them both. She forces the government's hand, making Snow look weak. Katniss then has to pretend to love Peeta, and this love appears to be public. Katniss then becomes the face of the revolution. By showing Peeta switching sides, and by having him be the one to kill Katniss, Snow will regain his lost power. He will once again appear to be the man in charge. It's also a massive personal and demoralising blow against Katniss. – Tim Mar 24 '17 at 1:37
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    @Tim - Write the answer ... you're nailing it here in the comments. – Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 Mar 24 '17 at 1:38
  • @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 - While I'm 99% sure that's the reason, I don't have anything to back it up - references & so forth. – Tim Mar 24 '17 at 1:40
  • you are basically answering in a comment, can you rephrase that but as an answer please? – natural Mar 24 '17 at 1:49
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He wants to destroy the symbol of the revolution.

Think back to the end of the first film.

Katniss saves Peeta's life by threatening to eat the poisonous berries, and thus kill them both. In doing so she forces the government's hand, making Snow look weak.

Katniss then has to pretend to love Peeta, and this love is shown to the public. Snow even taunts her with it, knowing the love is false. But he doesn't reveal it publicly, because he knows he can use it against her.

Katniss then becomes the face of the revolution.

By showing Peeta switching sides, and by having him be the one to kill Katniss, Snow will regain his lost power. He will once again appear to be the man in charge.

Part of this comes from the Quarter Quell, where Katniss (to the public at least) apparently abandons Peeta.

It's also a massive personal and demoralising blow against Katniss. Even if Peeta fails, Snow hopes to break Katniss' spirit, and in doing so destroy her, and the revolution with it.

He fails, because he doesn't count on Katniss actually coming to love Peeta.

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