The Hero on Fire

624 WordsFeb 3, 20183 Pages
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins is a book about a girl named Katniss Everdeen who lives in the post-apocalypse nation called Panam. There is an annual event in which one boy and one girl from each of the 12 districts surrounding the Capitol are selected randomly to compete in a televised battle to the death. Katniss Everdeen volunteers in the place of her sister when she was chosen to compete in the games. Throughout her journey she undergoes challenges but her courage, bravery, and heroism help her to survive. For this, Katniss can be analyzed in a myth and archetypical by being the hero in the novel. She takes on the roles of the male archetype but also embodies female archetypal characteristics. Additionally, the fire she symbolizes throughout the novel signifies her character and what she represents to the people of Panam. Katniss is a hero because she risked and sacrificed her own life for her family, friends, and district. An archetype hero is defined as a figure, often larger than life, whose search for identity and/or fulfillment results in their quest. The hero typically undergoes a journey or quest that begins when something traumatic happens in their life forcing them to leave home, and is prepared to make sacrifices to make sure that others are kept safe. This is shown when Katniss sacrifices herself by taking her sister’s place in the games to keep her safe. Even though it’s hard because she knows the consequences, she still yells, "Prim! Prim! [Not]

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