An interesting character in the novel The Hunger Games written by Suzanne Collins is Katniss Everdeen. Katniss’ personality and strong will helped me to understand the idea of identity and belonging, she showed me that it is best to be yourself and that you can’t let the media control who you really are and what you stand for. Katniss Everdeen is a strong willed girl who aspires to be like her deceased father. She is a hunter and gatherer, and has taken over the fatherly and motherly role in her family. She showed me that with a strong will to survive and if you stay true to who you are that we can overcome the power that the media and other forces such as the government has on us. Katniss throughout the novel was always herself, we saw that this worked to her favour. At times when Katniss portrayed something other than herself the outcome was not what she had hoped for. Katniss’ personality and inner strength was what worked to advantage most throughout the games. Katniss helped me understand that it is better to be yourself in any situation that life presents. Katniss portrayed this in many parts of the novel, when preparing for her interview before the Hunger Games started, Katniss and Haymitch were going over different ways that she could win the audience over, such as being quirky, funny or cute, etc, but when trying these different persona’s they didn’t work for Katniss as they weren’t who she truly was. When Katniss had her interview she was just herself, this worked her way and the audience loved who she was. This showed me that being yourself is truly better than trying to use a fake persona. In this situation Katniss used her personality to her advantage and got the best possible outcome.
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