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The Hunger Games Katniss Character Analysis Essay

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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
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Throughout the novel you can see her other acts of care, such as when she takes 12 year old Rue under her wing in the middle of the games, and also how she refuses to leave Peeta when he is injured. “I can almost hear Haymitch groaning as I team up with this wispy child. But I want her. Because she’s a survivor, and I trust her, and why not admit it? She reminds me of Prim” (pg 201). In this quote the author Suzanne Collins is showing that Katniss is teaming up with Rue, rather than killing her, which is what would get her farther in the Games but she doesn’t because she reminds her of Prim, and wants to protect her. During the weeks over which the Games occur, Katniss’ character does not essentially change. What changes are her circumstances, and most of the novel watches her dealing with the situations she encounters. She does not begin to seek attention once she becomes a celebrity and begins doing television interviews. Rather, she always tries to figure out how to get through the interviews so she can succeed in winning the games and go back to her life. The games do not turn her into an unsympathetic killer, and the only times she does kill, she does only because it was necessary. That her sense of compassion remains intact is clear through the way she treats Rue and kills Cato out of pity for his
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