Character Overview: Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games Trilogy

Katniss Everdeen is the protagonist and narrator of the three novels in the Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins. She introduces herself in the first novel as a teenager who has had to take control of the welfare of her small family. Her father is dead; her mother is recovering from a horrible depression; her sister is still very young and they live in the impoverished District 12. Katniss, Mrs. Everdeen and Prim Everdeen are forced to face many hardships, some that exist in the real world and some that do not. These "realities" shape the character of Katniss Everdeen.

Being a tribute in the barbaric Hunger Games, losing her father at such a young age and being obligated to feed a family of three in a district full of starving people brings out the best and worst in Katniss Everdeen. She becomes hardened to many of the delights most teenage girls love. Pretty things do not impress her. Niceties, flirtations, romance and luxury are not important to Katniss. However, she seems to be drawn toward innocence. She is protective and loving to those who are kind, yet weaker than she is. Katniss Everdeen's relationships with another tribute named Rue and her sister Prim are evidence of this.

Being a little rough around the edges is not a bad thing for Katniss. She grows into a very capable, if stubborn and unsympathetic, young woman. She is skilled at hunting, bargaining, survival skills and making young men fall in love with her. That last is purely accidental. Her distaste of luxury makes her less distracted. Her hunting and survival skills make her a formidable enemy and a capable caretaker. Lucky for Katniss Everdeen, these are the things that are most important to her.

One thing that can be said about Katniss Everdeen is that she is unfailingly brave. She faces every challenge that is thrown out her with courage. She is afraid, like any person would be, but her bravery wins out. She does not cower in the face of adversity. This is the very thing that carries Katniss Everdeen through the three novels. Without her courage, she would have died before the novels began. She had to be strong for Suzanne Collins to have constructed her life the way she did.


Overall, Katniss Everdeen is an enjoyable character. She can frustrate the reader with her stubbornness and borderline cruelty. Nonetheless, she is an admirable figure. In a harsh futuristic world, Katniss Everdeen is just the kind of person you would need to be.

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