Katniss Everdeen

Among the hopeless faces rises a hero of unlikely countenance. A natural hunter. A survivalist. She sports a razor-sharp aim, a handy skill to kill a pheasant from a hundred feet. And she gives of herself to fight in the blood-soaked Hunger Games. Meet Katniss Everdeen, this week’s Women Who Wow Wednesday‘s champion.

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games

They come from the twelve Districts of Panem. Sacrifices to a totalitarian nation bent on keeping its ideals intact. The uprisings years ago created The Hunger Games, a warped kind of Olympic circus where contestants, tributes rather, fight to the death for the enviable bragging rights as winner.

Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) is District 12’s female Tribute.

Katniss Everdeen
Katniss Everdeen

From a humble family, Katniss lives a gray life where the girls wear plain dresses, and food comes to the table as a scarce commodity. But she’s done well for the family, providing meat in times of hunger and joy in times of sorrow. Her mother, and her sister, Primrose, are the ones who provide her the strength she needs to survive anything that comes her way.

When she becomes a representative for her district, she knows what it means. She understands that of the twenty-four tributes, only one will survive the maelstrom of violence perpetrated by the other tributes to each other.

She does have hope, though. Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson) accompanies her to the games as the male tribute chosen for her district. Together they have the sometimes-inebriated Haymitch Abernathy (Woody Harrelson), who acts as their counsel dispensing the most valuable advice he could give:

“You need to get people to like you.”

The colors of the Hunger Games’ tribute parade betray the nation’s corrupt soul. Katniss’ fiery entrance with Peeta may have inspired Panem to great heights, but from deep within the celebrations may lie a dormant state waiting to unleash it’s fury on those who have captured their freedom.

Katniss may be the answer to the dystopian nightmare. Her keen ability to survive coupled with her endearing way with the people could prove as a formidable force for the authorities to quench. Her love for others caps off a perfect amalgam of qualities sought after in every leader on the cusp of greatness.

If Katniss has taught us anything, it’s that no matter how bad things get, things always get better.

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What do you think of Katniss Everdeen?

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13 thoughts on “Katniss Everdeen

  1. Reblogged this on Hot2Molly and commented:
    Very cool post about one of our favorite heroines, Katniss Everdeen. I love author Jack Flacco’s column “Women Who Wow Wednesdays,” which has featured Katniss in this article here and the likes of Mary Jane Watson (Spiderman), Jane Foster (Thor) and Carrie (Carrie) in previous posts.

  2. Lovely write up for the character. Short and to the point. Sweet.

    I love Katniss. Simple yet strong characteristic is found within her. Like everyone, she is a normal girl, but when it comes to survival needs, she becomes fearless, yet remains her pride; resistant to surrender. A strong character that makes the story engaging.

  3. Love these books, and this character! We went to see Catching Fire last night and loved it. What I appreciate most is that Katniss is real. A lot of female characters are written as flighty or naive or overly emotional or too attached. I can relate to Katniss because she is focused, self-preserving but not selfish, and loves deeply while keeping many people at bay. That doesn’t mean she doesn’t care for them, but she can’t wear her heart on her sleeve and continue to do what’s been asked of her. It’s amazing to see a character carefully written to be so complex.

  4. I will start by saying that I have not read the books and was hesitant to watch the movie. On a flight to South America last year, I had many hours to pass. I thought why not try the movie. I am glad that I did. As you point out in the well-written WOW, the character brought so much to the screen and story.

    I am eager to see the next movie that has come out to see if the information on the character’s development follows the books as mentioned above.

    Well, done as always.
    -Jerry B

  5. Jack have you read the trilogy? She kind of goes all ‘moody teenager’ in the second one and ‘disgrunted saviour’ in the third. While everything you said is correct for her in the first novel, most of those features pretty much are dissolved by the end of the series. She’s a better hero than Bella Swan, but sadly the existence of the other two novels quickly strips her of a lot of her progressive features. This article was still very good though.

  6. I think the thing I find the most compelling about Katniss as a character–other than her overall badassery–is that she’s kind of emotionally unavailable. She loves who she loves, and fiercely, but she’s guarded with everyone else, including love interests Gale and Peeta. I like that about her.

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