They do this to emphasize Pieta’s admiration for Catkins. When the two of them are the last ones surviving they think that they eve won they Hunger Games, but to their surprise, the Kingmakers change the rules back to the way it was before, and now only one can win. Catkins knows that she can’t kill PETA, and PETA wont kill her, so they decide that they will both have to die by eating poison berries. The relation of these two stories have more to it than the double suicide.
In both stories they were committing suicide for rebellion against the higher power. Although suicide is never the answer, they thought that would be the only way that they could beat the higher power. Also in both stories they are sacrificing themselves for one another. This relates back to the the theme, they were showing that they really did care about each other, and they were willing to sacrifice their lives for each other. Like Romeo and Juliet, Catkins and Pieta’s love is tragic based on circumstance.
While Romeo and Juliet are at odds because of their families, Catkins and PETA are at odds because of their government. And the odds are never in their favor because, after all, love is never fair. On the chariot toward the Games that Catkins’ relationship with PETA is truly shown. She is grateful to hold his hand because she feels his support, but she recognizes that she is also supporting him. Even after the games, she continues to hold Pieta’s hand throughout the interviews and, without a leg to stand on, PETA is also happy to find his balance.
This mutual support is easily recognized as love. Romeo and Juliet highlights how selfish love is. Romeo and Juliet ignore everyone but themselves. They shut out the rest of the world, thinking only of their love. Catkins, on the other hand, considers the reactions and feelings of everyone at home, like her family, Pieta’s family, ND the rest of their district are just as present as their love for each other. Another difference is that Romeo and Juliet both end up dying, and PETA and Catkins end up surviving.
Catkins and PETA both have somebody who secretly helps them which is the head Kingmaker,just like Romeo and Juliet had their priest friend Friar Laurence. Catkins might not be head over heels in love with PETA at first, like Juliet was with Romeo, but at the end Catkins loved PETA, just as much insulate loved Romeo. It was really touching that these two couples would sacrifice their lives to be together forever, dead or alive.