Anonymous said: I really liked that post you made about Prim. Her death really contributed to the plot, if it weren't for Prim dying, Coin wouldn't be dead too. Katniss actually realized that Snow and Coin were pretty much the same after she realized that Coin was behind the bombs. Finnick's death though, was pointless. I mean he wasn't that unnecessary of a character that you just kill him and everyone moves on.
Name withheld: Then why . . . why did Finnick die? Can you explain that to me?
Along with lots of other comments online about my posts. So many people have brought up Finnick's death.
For me, pointless is a strong word for Finnick’s death, but I’ll say that his death wasn’t necessary, at least not in the same way Prim’s was. Finnick is my favorite character in the whole series, so I’m sad he died, and I think he could have lived, but I respect Collins’s choice to kill him. I don’t feel like she killed him for no reason at all though. I think it’s similar to what the first person said--I don’t think Collins meant for him to just get killed and everyone move on. I feel like his death was realistic and accurate as to what happens in war. Often people you care about get killed very fast, and you have to move on and keep going, because this is war. Sure, the other characters from District 13 died, but as a reader, we’re closer to Katniss, Gale, Peeta, and Finnick, so when it happens to Finnick, we are more shocked and upset than when say, Homes, dies.
We love Finnick, and if he has to die, we want it to honor him and the kind of person he is in the process. We want it to be epic at least. But reality isn’t like that. And like I said before, these books are about reality, not some epic Absolute story (even though I do love those stories too).
It wasn’t necessary to the plot or overall theme like Prim’s, but Collins still made a point by it, and I feel like it still goes with the feel of the book. Also, even though Finnick doesn't get an epic death moment, it’s tragic Finnick died right after he finally got to marry Annie.
Anyway, if you’re upset that Finnick died (and really, who isn’t?), you are totally justified to feel that way. His death didn’t fully honor him. It wasn’t vital to the plot and theme, but Collins did make a point with it, and the result is we feel like a lot of people who survived a war did: Cheated that our loved one died. It's not fair, and it’s cruel, and Finnick deserved more, and that’s exactly how so many others feel too.
Anyway, those are my thoughts. Feel free to take them or leave them.
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