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The Modern Mythology Hero Katniss Evergreen Essay

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Katniss Everdeen is one of the best heroes in modern mythology. “Katniss Everdeen. She is the hero we need.” (Kim, Daniel J). Katniss isn’t like other heroes in modern mythology. Heroes today are characterized by their aggression and dominance but not Katniss. Katniss is strong when she has to be, but deep inside she is truly scared. Joseph Cambell’s 17 stages monomyth is able to map out a hero’s journey and express the steps taken to become a hero. Katniss is a highly qualified hero and accomplishes several stages in becoming the true hero she is. She is loyal, but unsure of whether it is egocentric or selflessness. All heroes have self doubts during their journeys. Katniss is a hero because of her ability to love. She incorporates love…show more content…
Katniss has reached the point where she is off to the Capitol. She meets Haymitch and Effie who are her mentors. Haymitch and Effie are her supernatural aid. They are there to help her prepare for the games and to teach her how to win. Haymitch is a previous victor who informs Katniss of what the games are going to be like. Haymitch says that the best advice he has for Katniss is “Stay Alive”. Katniss is trying to get as much information out of Haymitch because she wants to know how to win. Haymitch tries to explain to Katniss that if she wants to win, she needs to get people to like her because that is what will bring her sponsors. Effie is there for moral support and she tries to see the positive in what the games bring. Effie always says “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor!”. Effie is there to make sure that Katniss is visually appealing and that she is who everyone wants to be. She wants Katniss to enjoy the time she has left because she may never get to experience anything like it again. Katniss finally arrives to the Capitol. Here is where things start to change and life as she knows it is completely different. The first thing on the agenda is to cleanse Katniss. She is waxed from head to toe and is washed down for Cinna (her stylist) to create the new Katniss Everdeen “Girl on Fire”. After being completely transformed, Katniss and Peeta (the boy tribute from
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