Katniss Everdeen

Outer characterization

The novel The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins presents the story of Katniss Everdeen, who is the main character. Katniss is a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in the Seam, the poor part of District 12, with her mother and younger sister, Prim. She volunteers to take part in the Hunger Games in Prim’s place when she is chosen. 

Katniss has straight black hair, olive skin, and grey eyes (Chapter 1, 29%). She is small and thin but somewhat strong from hunting (Chapter 7, 53%). She usually dresses in simple clothes: leather hunting boots, a shirt and trousers, and a cap under which she tucks her braided hair (Chapter 1, 5%).

Inner characterization

Katniss is intelligent and resourceful

Because of her mother’s depression after her father’s death, Katniss was forced from a young age to figure out how to take care of her family so they would not starve. She did this by attempting to sell old clothes to buy food, foraging edible plants such as dandelions, and teaching herself how to hunt with a bow and arrow, which shows she is resourceful. She also learned who in the district preferred which type of goods, so she could get the most out of the spoils of her hunt (Chapter 4, 33%). Katniss is also skilled with a bow and arrow, able to shoot game in the eye and not damage the meat (Chapter 7, 21%).

Katniss also shows that she is brave, venturing in the meadow outside of District 12 despite knowing it is dangerous and illegal. However, she is also careful. Even though the electric fence surrounding the district is normally inactive, Katniss always stops to check it before crossing (Chapter 1, 10%). 

Inside the arena, Katniss’s  smart and logical thinking is often what keeps her alive. For example, when she is looking for Peeta, Katniss realizes he must be near a water source to have survived so many days while badly wounded (Chapter 19, 17%), and when the Gamemakers stop shooting fire balls at her, she realizes it must be because she is close to a direct confrontation with another tribute (Chapter 13, 40%). 

Similarly, Katniss is able to interpret Haymitch’s messages when she is inside the arena: when he does not send her water, she realizes she must be close to finding it on her own (Chapter 12, 75), when he sends her soup after she kisses Peeta, she realizes she needs to play up their romance, and she interprets the sleep syrup gift as a sign to trick Peeta so she can go get the medicine from the Cornucopia. This allows ...

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