I Can’t Make You Love Me.
‘Cause I can’t make you love me if you don’t. You can’t make your heart feel something it won’t. Here in the dark in these final hours, I will lay down my heart.’
To me, this is a song about unrequited love, but it also conveys very realistically the pain and hesitation in trying to move on from it. The song is about a boy and girl in a very caring relationship, but the girl/boy is hopelessly in love with him/her and she/him clearly knows he/her doesn’t love him/her. The gender of the character was never specified in the song, making listeners relate to the character more easily. I feel this relates to Peeta’s feelings towards Katniss.Peeta wants to be close to Katniss in whatever capacity she will accept him because he loves her but he know she doesn’t feel that way towards him.To Peeta, Katniss became everything. But to Katniss he was nothing but a mere aspect of her life she quickly wanted to obliterate. Peeta, although heartbroken, had to accept the fact she wanted nothing from him anymore. Throughout the novel he thought her love for him was real, but by the end he questions this love.