"You don't forget the face of the person who was your last hope." -The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins.
As the fictional protagonist of Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy, Katniss Everdeen has become a feminist icon and role-model for girls all over the world. Most easily recognised by her signature braid, Katniss Everdeen is skilful, rebellious and fearless. After her sister, Primrose, was chosen to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her role as the female tribute for District 12.
Collins’ has described Katniss as being an independent strong survivalist, but good at thinking outside the box. In particular, this is due to her difficult past, where, after the death of her father in a mining accident, she had to provide for her infant sister and her mother. As well as this, in The Hunger Games Trilogy, Katniss is portrayed as selfless, due to the fact that she is more concerned with feeding her family than being socially adept. Although at times she is presented as stubborn and rather self-centred, as the trilogy progresses, so does Katniss’ fierce sense of loyalty. For instance, this is
demonstrated when she is shown to protect her loved ones such as Rue, and when she ends Cato’s life mercifully.
Upon reading The Hunger Games trilogy I became obsessed with dystopian literature. Katniss Everdeen is one of the first female action figure who is really strong; both physically and psychologically. Suzanne Collins’ novels can be seen as feminist in the way that it focuses solely on Katniss, and not just the love triangle that includes Gale and Peeta. This is a rather refreshing twist to the latest literary phenomena surrounding young adult novels, because although prior to The Hunger Games, Hermione Granger can be seen as a strong intelligent female character, she is not the main hero of the Harry Potter book series. Reading The Hunger Games just makes you adopt a feminism perspective, and celebrate female writing; which I loved!
"The hard thing is finding the courage to do it." -Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games.