“I want to die as myself” Katniss Everdeen claims showing that she will not conform to what the
capitol wants her to be and that she will do anything in her power to rebel against it. In the novel The
Hunger Games made by Suzanne Collins, Katniss everdeen displays many forms of rebellion against
the rules of the Capitol throughout the story. All ready before the games Katniss shows rebellion and
hate for the capitol, because of her tough life growing up in the seam. She shows the capitol how
people can still be united though the meaning of the hunger games is to drive them apart. This shows
the other districts that they are more powerful than the capitol if they stand together. This grantees her
success of the hunger games competition.
Before the reaping Katniss shows a couple forms of rebellion. She rebels against the capitol by
hunting in forest behind her district which is highly unlawful. She does this because when she was
younger her dad was in a coal mining explosion and died from it. He was the main provider for them
family. Faced with starvation and trying to feed her mother and sister she decided to take the risk of
poaching and leaving the boundaries of her district. She admits to this action by saying “I had the
good luck to kill a rabbit”(51). This is a highly illegal action that the capitol punishes by death she
explains “trespassing in the woods is illegal and poaching carries the severest of penalties”(5) she
also mentions “I can be shot on a daily basis for hunting(17). For other goods like wheat and grain
Katniss trades at her districts black market also know as “The Hob”. Which the capitol has no control
or knowledge over. She confesses “Trades in the Hob which is the black market where I make
most of my money”(6). Since the capitol has no control over this she is now taking more than the
capitol has allowed and helping other get more as well.
Prior the games Tributes have a week to prepare for the games in this time Katniss shows many
ways of rebellion. Her first form is when they are on the train on the way to the capitol in which their
mentor Haymitch told them “Here is my advice , stay alive”(56). Katniss and Peeta realize that he
couldn't care too much about there lives as hes a drunk. But both Katniss and Peeta are determined to
win for there families. Then Katniss takes it upon herself to let him know that by slamming a knife in
between his hands. She says this by confessing “I drive my knife into the table between his
hands”(57). This needless to say is prohibited by the capitol. After the opening ceremonies for the
games Haymitch remarks about the hand holding Peeta replies saying “just the perfect touch of
rebellion”(79). Once again the meaning of the games is to drive people apart not make them closer.
Her next form is where the game makers rank the Tributes. When it's Katniss's turn to show her skills
the game makers don't watch her this angers her and she shoots an arrow right through the apple in the
pigs mouth. She claims “Without thinking, I pull an arrow from my quiver and send it straight at
the gamemakers table”(101-102). This is obviously illegal and quite a stupid decision seeing as
Katniss's life is in the hands of these people. But shows rebellion by showing that she is not afraid or
intimidated by these people.
During the games Katniss conveys the most import acts of rebellion that ultimately help her win
the games. Her first act is when Rue dies from being speared Katniss buries her body and then
decorates her graves with flowers. She says “I decorate her body with flower... they'll have to show
it” Because this is a broadcast-ed event the district from where Rue came from saw and was torn with
angry and they give the 3 finger sign which is almost like respect. They then start an uprising. This is...
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