Aiming for Fire (With Spoilers)

What would you choose between love and honor? Katniss was chosen as a tribute for District 12, in the 74th Hunger Games. The fierce archer wins the games by proving her bow skills. Katniss, the girl on fire, thinks about going back home after winning the games, by proving her potentials in surviving, great mindset and attitude.

Katniss Everdeen from Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins displays characterization traits that eventually help her win the games, and Katniss takes advantage of her surviving skills. Throughout the book, Katniss was called the girl on fire. Her shocking appearance in the opening ceremony, with the dress on fire, eventually lead for supporters and sponsors that aided her during the games. Her flaming appearance let the public and the Gamemakers easily remember Katniss as the “girl on fire”, differentiating from other 23 tributes. This gave everyone’s attention and eyes of Katniss throughout the games. Additionally, the optimistic mindset of Katniss lets her win the games: “We turn back to face the crowd as the anthem of Panem plays. Oh, well, I think. There will be twenty-four of us. Odds are someone else will kill him before I do. Of course, the odds have not been very dependable of late” (Collins 51). This shows Katniss’s’ mindset. It shows that Katniss is neither a fragile nor a pessimistic character. She starts to think about actually winning the games after being discouraged by strong competitors. This implies about Katniss that even the worst situation ever fell on her, she did not lose hope, but rather gained courage, which eventually converted into momentum for her to win the 74th annual Hunger Games. Lastly, other characters, for example, Effie considers Katniss as a danger to the Panem. Effie Trinket says in front of the tributes of District 12, “Well, it serves them right. It’s their job to pay attention to you. And just because you come from District Twelve is no excuse to ignore you” (Collins 157). Effie thinks that people from District 12, even they did not win for many years, should deserve the same respect and fame as the people from the Career Tributes do. Especially as Katniss receives a score 11 from the training center, Effie finds the potentials of Katniss, possibly anticipating the winner of the 74thhunger game to be her.  Also, Effie felt that Katniss was able to grab many other viewer’s attentions, giving her advantage in winning, showing that Katniss is a growing darkhorse. The Capitol was thinking her as a suspicious character from then.

Picture citation: “File:Katniss Everdeen.jpg.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 29 Dec. 2018,

2 thoughts on “Aiming for Fire (With Spoilers)

  1. I think that you did a very good job on focusing on the particular characterization of the protagonist and explaining how her personality traits develop throughout the story. I also like how you gave specific examples from the story and grabbed our attention by adding quotes to support some of your claims, for instance when you wrote down the connection of Katniss’s mindset and the games, where someone else will kill him before I do. I also wonder why you used Effie Trinket as a primary example of speech for the tributes before the hunger games.

    1. Thanks, I chose Effie Trinket as a primary example of speech because her behavior was very interesting to look at.

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