When children are forced to grow up fast at a young age due to traumatic events, it shapes them into fighters, when faced with life and death a person would do almost anything to assure survival. This is greatly demonstrated in the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins when the main character Katniss Everdeen’s world is shifted upside down when her father dies and when she volunteers as tribute for the Hunger Games. After her father’s death the weight of the world was on Katniss’s shoulders, as she had to learn how to provide for, and keep her family alive. Her family consisted of her mother, who suffered severe depression after the death of her husband, and her younger sister Prim who meant the world to her. She inherited hunting
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Katniss provided Rue with food, warmth, and protected her. Katniss took Rue under her wing and assured her safety. Rue was supposed to be her enemy due to the fact that in the Hunger Games only one person could win, but that did not matter to Katniss, she saw innocence in Rue and decided she would take care of her and even killed another tribute in effort to save Rue from being killed by them. Katniss was devoted to keeping Rue alive and out of harm’s way.
Katniss never let the Capitol change who she was and she rebelled against them to prove that they could not do so. This can be observed firstly when she did everything in her power not to cry in front of the Capitol. When she was in the Games and was hit by fireballs and left with a severe blistering burn on her leg she held in the pain and did not show weakness, “I forced myself to take deep, slow breaths, feeling quite certain the cameras are on my face. I cant show weakness at this injury” (Collins 179). This displayed that Katniss was definitely a fighter and knew that she had to keep it together; she did not want the Capitol to view her as weak for she surely was not. She also proved to the Capitol that she was not just another piece to their game and she wan
In conclusion, not only did Katniss view herself as a fighter, but so did everyone around her. It was known that Katniss Everdeeen would stand up