I Volunteer as Tribute!


24 tributes, 1 survives. In the dystopian novel The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins flawlessly characterized the protagonist, Katniss Everdeen, as a strong and responsible individual.

Katniss, the girl who was on fire, was seen as an impulsive and lethal contestant in the eyes of the capital; however, she’s actually a motherly character who always tries her best to protect her loved ones. “‘Katniss! Katniss!’ I can hear my name being called from all sides” (Collins 71). During the opening ceremony of the Games, Katniss attracted all the attention and admiration from the audience, outshining every other tribute with her burning outfit. “Without thinking, I pull an arrow from my quiver and send it straight at the Gamemakers’ table. I hear shouts of alarm as people stumble back. The arrow skewers the apple in the pig’s mouth and pins it to the wall behind it. Everyone stares at me with disbelief” (102). It was ridiculous to shoot an arrow towards people who are going to sponsor you, but while demonstrating her amazing shooting skills, Katniss was furious and shot without considering the consequences. “’Come on, let’s eat,’ I say and plant a quick kiss on the top of her head” (16). After the death of Katniss’ father, her mother couldn’t pull herself together, so she took the responsibility to take care of the Prim. When Prim was chosen as tribute, Katniss boldly sacrificed herself to replace Prim in entering the games, “’I volunteer!’ I gasp. ‘I volunteer as tribute!’” (22).

Katniss’ position and personality reminds me of Uchiha Itachi in the series Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto. Itachi had the talent in both ninjistu and genjistu, but he was later on forced into a mission to assassinate his brother, the person he loved the most. He just couldn’t do it. In order for his brother to live, he had to exile himself from the village he lived in his entire life, and bear the charge of treason. Both characters loves their family more than anything else and would risk their lives protecting it.

Citation: “Primrose Everdeen.” The Hunger Games Wiki, thehungergames.fandom.com/wiki/Primrose_Everdeen.

“Because you not trying.” – ‘Two Kinds’


“’Just like you … Because you not trying’” (Tan 3). In Amy Tan’s Two Kinds, the narrator is a character who dreams to be a prodigy, but does not put in any effort to achieve it, and she doesn’t respect her mother, unlike me.

The protagonist really wanted to become supreme: “In all my imaginings, I was filled with a sense that I would soon become perfect: My mother and father would adore me  . I would be beyond approach” (1). She day dreams of her being the best, this shows that it is what she wanted the most. Even though she wanted to be a prodigy that bad, the protagonist does not try to be the best she can be. In the rising action, when the protagonist went to piano class, she didn’t pay attention just because her teacher is old and deaf: “If I hit the wrong notes because I hadn’t practiced enough, I never corrected myself” (4). This action proves that the protagonist has no integrity and does not try her best to achieve her dreams.  Also, the protagonist still remains unappreciative even for all the things her mother did for her, “Then I decided, I didn’t have to do anything mother said” (6). Her mother has cleaned other people’s houses for weeks, and she did all that to get her education, she not only is not thankful for her mother’s work, she disrespects and doesn’t listen to her.

Even though me and the protagonist are similar in dreaming to be perfect, I do try and work hard for it. When I play the piano, I’ll concentrate and correct all the mistakes I make. Also, I really respect my mom even if she makes me go to all those classes, because she does it for my good. This is why I am not similar the the protagonist.