Week 5: Specific Character Types

Katniss Everdeen ‘the Girl on fire.’

Katniss Everdeen played by Jennifer Lawrence is the face of one of the most popular book/movie franchises presented to us in the last 5 year. The Hunger game trilogies went beyond childhood fantasy and creates a dictatorship dystopian society set post a nuclear war with a country that struggles with huge economic inequality. Hmm doesn’t actually sound too dystopian to me.

Katniss Everdeen as known in her film as the girl on fire is our main Protagonist in this trilogy, the novels and films travel with her through her journey from poor, reserved girl, to becoming a catalyst and mascot for civil uprising standing against equality of the economic classes of which they were so divided.

I personally love the Hunger games trilogies and love protagonist Katniss, Katniss identifies as the archetype outlaw and caregiver as her to main aims are freedom and social. This is because all Katniss wishes to do is protect her sister Prim (Before Katniss goes to the Capitol with her squad, Katniss says her final goodbye to her family. Prim says, “Next time we see each other, we’ll be free.”) and for herself and others to no longer be forced into social injustice by the government run by main antagonist President Snow.


“Taking the kids from our districts, forcing them to kill one another while we watch – this is the Capitol’s way of reminding us how totally we are at their mercy.” -Katniss

Katniss functions as the hero, for her sister and mother, district, Peeta, and eventually all of Panem.
She is a very dynamic character, we see her change dramatically over her journey. Katniss begins with just protecting herself and sister but eventually learns to trust some people but also picks up a lot of post trauma emotional baggage after her time in the games.
We identify with Katniss as a war hero as she truely represented the aftermath of veterans. Previously we have seen the gladiator come back from war exalted, perfect and victorious. However, Katniss reveals to us the true effects of war on people emotionally.
The Hunger games story follows Katniss for around 5 years, through this time we find out a lot about her, her thoughts ect, but the author and director let us in on her past so that we can better understand her reactions to particular situations. For example the audience discovers that Katniss’ father died in a mining accident when she was young, this gives us insight as to why she hunts and feels so protective over her sister prim, because she has taken upon herself her fathers role and provider and protector of her house, sister and depressed mother. For this reason I believe Katniss is a rounded character, we know a lot about her and begin to understand her complexity as a character through her Hunger Games journey.
Important Minor Characters:
– Primrose Everdeen (Katniss’ sister, innocent, the prize )
– Peeta Mellark (Katniss partner, lover, the helper)
– Haymitch (Wise old mentor)

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