The Hunger Games Katniss Character Analysis

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Journal Essay – The Hunger Games Character Analysis

In the novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the main character and protagonist is 16 year old Katniss Everdeen, a strong and selfless young woman who is far more mature than her age suggests. As the main provider for her family after her father died, Katniss had to become responsible and resourceful at a young age, which forced her to participate in rebellious behavior in order to keep her family alive. She is an unselfish and protective character, putting herself in danger in order to keep the ones she loves safe, especially for her little sister Primrose. Even after the pain and hardships she has had to go through not only in the games, but in her life, Katniss maintains her identity and doesn’t let anybody change who she is or what she stands for.

When Katniss’ father dies, her mother falls into a deep depression, leaving it up to her to provide for her family by hunting illegally beyond the borders of her town and selling her kills at the black market. This sparked her rebellious attitude and disregard for the rules as she grew up, because by then the only way she knew to survive was by breaking the rules and doing things her own way. She demonstrates this in The Hunger Games by shooting at the judges during her evaluation, and with her biggest rebellion of attempting to kill both herself and Peeta so the Capitol would have no victor, as you can see from this quote. “Yes, they have to have a victor. Without a victor the whole thing would blow up in the Gamemakers’ faces. They’d have failed the Capitol. If Peeta and I were both to die, or they thought we were…” (pg 344). Also by having to be head of her family when she was so young, Katniss has then grown into a very responsible and mature teenager, who can find solutions to the difficult problems she faces in her life. Her resourcefulness and the skills she had already acquired before the Games, is what ultimately kept her alive in the arena....
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