Katniss is another one of those characters where I feel like I don’t really need to explain why I love her so much. She’s not a people person, she’s actually quite bitter, and yet she’s a great rold model for all young people – not just young women.
Katniss has grown up in a poor District, her father is dead, her mother spends most of her time in a daydream and she’s had to care for her sister, Prim from a young age. Out of anyone in District 12, Prim is the one that Katniss would literally die to protect and this is why she volunteers to take Prim’s place in the Hunger Games.
Like most tributes from the poorer districts, Katniss’ odds of survival were extremely small and yet she survived and this is why I love her. Her spirit and defiant nature kept her alive. From the beginning we learn how much Katniss despises the Capitol and President Snow, so she refuses to play their games. She simply wants to survive so that she can go back and provide for her family, she’s not interested in the fame and glory that would come after winning.
Katniss never meant to start the revolution. In her mind, she’s not a leader and yet the people of Panem flock to her and hang on her every word. They do this because Katniss speaks from the heart. She knows how the people of Panem feel, as she has been through it all with them. What use is a leader who can sympathise with you, but not actually relate to your problems?
Although Katniss is being used and manipulated by Coin, she never loses herself. She won’t stand for innocent people being killed in the name of a free Panem. She knows that revolution is necessary, but she refuses to believe that death and violence is the only way to make a change. She can see the similarities between Coin and Snow and she won’t allow the events of the past to repeat themselves, so she does what she needs to do to protect her future.
I’m not saying that Katniss is great because she killed someone that she didn’t like – she’s a fictional character and everything is exaggerated. I’m simply saying that ANYBODY can make a change. Old, young, male, female, gay, straight, it doesn’t matter. You have a voice and people are always willing to listen if you can prove that what you have to say is worth listening to.
Katniss’ defiance in the arena with Peeta and the berries was her way of saying that she wouldn’t do what the Capitol was telling her she had to do. If you don’t agree with something, tell someone why. You won’t be the only one thinking it. And let’s face it, if you don’t speak out, nothing will ever change.