When children are forced to grow up fast at a young age due to traumatic events, it shapes them into fighters, when faced with life and death a person would do almost anything to assure survival. This is greatly demonstrated in the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins when the main character Katniss Everdeen’s world is shifted upside down when her father dies and when she volunteers as tribute for the Hunger Games. After her father’s death the weight of the world was on Katniss’s shoulders, as she had to learn how to provide for, and keep her family alive. Her family consisted of her mother, who suffered severe depression after the death of her husband, and her younger sister Prim who meant the world to her. She inherited hunting skills from her father and used this to her advantage. She was an exceptional hunter and could also shoot a bow and arrow with great accuracy, which would later help her in the Games. Katniss had to grow up quickly and learn how to keep herself and her family alive, this took great strength as well as dedication. It is clear that Katniss Everdeen is a fighter because of her loyalty to her family, her defense of the weak and her defiance against the Capitol.
The most astonishing characteristic that Katniss Everdeen possessed was her ability and motivation to stand up and take care of her family. She quickly took on the role of a parent when her mother was not able to, and ensured safety of her sister Prim. She went to great lengths to provide for her family for she stated, “at the age of twelve, I had my name entered four times. Once, because I had to, and three times for tesserae for grain and oil for myself, Prim and my mother” (Collins 13). This demonstrates how Katniss put her life at risk to provide food for her family to keep them alive. She also inherited her father’s gift for hunting and she would break the law when she would leave her district into the forest to gather game. She also had knowledge of plants and used this...
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