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Many people have seen or read the Hunger Games. This movie displays a modern view of how society was to avoid civil war. With 2 recipients being chosen from each of the 12 districts, sent off to fight till the death, and bring honour to their district. These people would be considered heroes to those who watched.

The interesting thing about this movie (I have not read the book) is that Katniss puts herself aside of her own survival, and focuses on protecting those who need it most, being Rue and Peeta. Her departure is in the game, which she can not escape, and her initiation by choice is to keep herself alive as well as the others she cared about. Even to the point where at the end of the game, she tricks the hosts by offering both finalists as a sacrifice, not bearing the pain of killing him. In her return she is praised, not accepting the glory but happy to see her family again.

Katniss is an interesting and unselfish hero, which is rare as I see by a lot of stories. As well knowing that most heroes revolve around the male species, she portrays a powerful message through her heroic time, as well as a unique one as well.

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2 thoughts on “Katniss Everdeen the “Female” Hero

  1. I completely agree. It is great to see a female lead character that actually shows initiative and is strong instead of being like Bella Swan, who when faced with an issue (Edward leaving her) becomes self destructive and falls to pieces. Katniss seems to encompass all that a hero should be.

  2. I also agree and find it interesting that it is possible to examine Katniss’s actions as those of a female hero. If the theory of a Hero’s Journey were to be applied to her character I believe that many components of the theory would be fulfilled by Katniss. In particular, her time within the arena during the Hunger Games can be related to the time a hero spends in an unfamiliar place, from which she returns at the end. I also find it fascinating that the movie and book are depicting a female character as the one in the role of hero as oppose to a male character which is more frequently used.

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