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Katniss Everdeen Chapter Summary

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Katniss Everdeen: Katniss Everdeen is the protagonist of the novel, and the story is told from her perspective. She is a 16-year-old girl who lives in District 12, the poorest region of a nation called Panem. She has straight black hair, olive skin and gray eyes. This is a common appearance for residents who live in the Seam. She is described as a responsible and resourceful teenager, who is more mature than her age implies. She has been taking care of her mother and younger sister, Primrose, ever since her father died in a mine explosion when she was 11 years old. She is responsible for feeding her family. Since her family is poor, she is forced to hunt food in the woods outside the District, a forbidden place, with her best friend Gale.…show more content…
His compassionate side is evident in his childhood as he saved Katniss’s family from starving by giving her a bread even though he was not allowed. Moreover, he is also a selfless and good-hearted boy as he is willing to do everything to protect Katniss in the arena. He also shows his love towards her by doing so. We also get to know that he has been in love with Katniss since they were five years old. On the other hand, Katniss is suspicious of his behavior, and believes he is just pretending to be nice, but she realizes that he is just being himself. She states in the book, “Peeta Mellark, on the other hand, has obviously been crying and interestingly enough does not seem to be trying to cover it up. I immediately wonder if this will be his strategy in the Games. To appear weak and frightened, to reassure the other tributes that he is no competition at all, and then come out fighting.” (Collins, 2008, p.49) He is a very caring person because he doesn’t want Katniss to sacrifice herself for him. Instead, he is helpful, and helps her, for example by helping her get away from the enemies. He sacrifices himself to save her, and this makes him look very brave as he put himself in…show more content…
This makes him depressed, and therefore drinks to make himself feel better. This condition also makes him an incompetent, but when he is asked to sober up by an angry Katniss, he makes a deal with them, saying: “All right, I’ll make a deal with you. You don’t interfere with my drinking, and I’ll stay sober enough to help you.” (Collins, 2008, p.70) Katniss and Haymitch are not very good friends and they despise each other. He irritates Katniss by calling her “sweetheart”, and this anger Katniss. Although they don’t get along, he helps her, by communicating with her through the gifts he sends to her in the arena, and Katniss realizes that she and Haymitch are very much alike as they both understands each other. For example, he didn’t send her a water when she was dying of thirst. She realized that the only reason he wasn’t helping her was because she was about to find water, and she was right. Nonetheless, he is a very smart man, as he knows the rules of the Games, the celebrity status that comes with it and how to deal with it. For instance, he uses Peeta’s love as an advantage for Katniss, and gets her sponsors. This tells us that Haymitch is a helpful and understanding man who wants his tributes to survive even though he drinks. Despite his drunkenness, he turns out to be a good advocate and a very good leader as both tributes from his district win the
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