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Katniss Everdeen: The Hunger Games

16 Sep

Katniss Everdeen is the fictional character and protagonist found in The Hunger Games trilogy, written by Suzanne Collins. She is the main character with the qualities of a natural leader that is skilled, compassionate and has much strength. She is described as having long black hair that she wears in a braid down her back, olive skin, and gray eyes. The trilogy is focused around her journey.

 

The Mundane World

 

In the beginning of the story Katniss lives in District 12, the coal mining district. The Hunger Games takes placeduring a time when America is divided into districts because of a war, with the capitol leading them. This is not the ideal place to live for anybody, due to the fact that district twelve is the poorest out of any of them and also the least populated. Katniss has to illegally hunt to provide food for her family, since her mother is

often depressed over her husbands death. Katniss has to be strong for her little sister and raise her, making her more mature than her age. This is where Katniss is found in the beginning of her journey, looking for a better future for her family and bestfriend Gale.

 

The Call to Adventure

 

Katniss call to adventure was not a pleasant one that she was excited to take a part of. Every year two tributes from each district are drawn to participate in the annual hunger games that takes place at the capitol. When Katniss sister Prim is chosen during the reaping ceremony, Katniss volunteers to take her place, choosing her own destiny to possibly be killed in the arena.This was a sad moment for Katniss’s life because she knew that there was a possiblity she would not return home to see her family. Though she did want to get out of district twelve, knowing that she would not be home to take care of Prim scared her.

 

The Path of Trials

 

Katniss being in the hungers games is her biggest trial because it involves staying alive when everybody’s goal is to kill each other. Once at the capital Katniss has to pretend to be a likeable person because getting sponsors is her only chance of living. Katniss pretending to be something shes not was not something she liked, and she lost her temper often. Once in the arena though she faced many challenges staying alive. Her very first encounter was in the Cornucopia when a knife was thrown at her head. She nearly dies of thirst at one point, gets fireballs thrown at her, and suffers a severe burn on her calf. She gets stung by a tracker jacker and suffers from horrible hallucinations. A girl named Rue that she befriended, because she reminds her of Prim, gets killed at one point. Katniss is repeatedly tested for her emotional and physical strength to continue.

 

Master of Two Worlds

 

Although she does have so many trials to continue she manages to hold on to her emotions to make it to the end of the games. With the help of Peeta they were able to survive long enough for the game makers to kill off the career pack, leaving those two to choose who will live and who will die. After making a joint suicide attempt, both are crowned winners and lifted out of the arena. Because of this act Katniss is a symbol to the districts around her that will influence the other two books of the trilogy.

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Posted by on September 16, 2012 in Epic Heroes

 

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