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Katniss the Heroine

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Joseph Campbell has written a “Hero’s Journey” which externally reflects the Greek civilization in its order and flexible society to take steps to become a greater Greek soldier. In Suzanne Collin’s novel “The Hunger Games,” the story of Katniss Everdeen, a girl from District Twelve in post-apocalyptic earth, faces many trials and terrors when she is sent to participate in the annual Hunger Games. The steps begin with ‘The Call to Adventure’ or when something calls the main character to make the journey or quest that he or she is about to go on. In this novel, the main character Katniss, who possesses the ability to hunt with great ease and expertise, is called to saving her sister Prims life when she is announced as a tribute. When the representatives from the capitol of her world come to her district for the annual reaping, or when two people are chosen from each district to participate as ‘tributes’ in the Hunger Games, Katnis realizes that her life will never be the same, and for her Prims life is much more important then her own. Katnip as her beloved friend would call her does something completely unheard of and volunteers herself to go to the games in place of her sister. “Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.” She is chosen to go alongside the son of District Twelve’s bakers, Peeta Mellark. After the reaping, she and Peeta are sent to the capitol, where they are prepared to face the capitol, their people, and above all the Hunger Games. Katniss then goes into the phase of the steps called ‘Refusal of call/reluctant hero’, thus is when the hero, Katniss refuses to believe that she is the true hero of the novel. Believing in herself was an unimportant task because we see, Katniss being discouraged and frail, believing she will never win. After going through various steps of preparation, Katniss and Peeta are finally sent to the arena where the Hunger Games take place. This step is called the “the First Threshold”, once in the arena, Katniss takes off by herself and tries to figure out a way to survive. She faces many tests, examples including a large forest fire, other tributes, and things such as hunger, thirst, and illness. Many of these things nearly cause Katniss to die, but she narrowly escapes. Her road of heroism and knowledge lead her to make a few allies in the Games. She forms an alliance with Rue, the female tribute from District Eleven. When Rue is later killed, Katniss must remember that her life is on the line, and for once she believes that she may win. "Rue's death has forced me to confront my own fury against the cruelty, the injustice they inflict upon us. But here, even more strongly than at home, I feel my impotence. There's no way to take revenge on the Capitol. Is there?" Page 236, Chapter 18. She continues on alone until she runs into Peeta again and they form an alliance that lasts through the rest of the games. As Katniss and Peeta continue on through the Games, and after Rue’s death and Peeta’s injuries, Katniss finds herself at a low point and is debating on whether or not to give up. “I'm more than just a piece in their Games.” After thinking and talking to Peeta, and receiving a special medicine to heal Peeta, Katniss finds her saving experience, or resurrection, and decides not to give up. Her and Peeta form a plan to help them win the Hunger Games. They travel to a place called the Cornucopia, where they both fight their last battle against the remaining tributes and monsters. During the fight, they both realize that only one of them can be the victor, but neither one of them will kill they other, so they both attempt to commit suicide by eating poisonous berries. Before they can eat them, an announcer declares them both winners and takes them out of the arena. The Hunger Games were finally over. “Only I keep wishing I could think of a show the Capitol they don't own me. That I'm more than just a piece in their Games.” The Hero’s Journey is an ancient Greek formula that plays a large role in popular movies and books today. Katniss from the novel “The Hunger Games” is an example of this and shows how a hero in a novel progresses from the call to the return. “The Hero’s Journey” is seen all throughout this story, and is able to pin point the exact moments when Katniss’s life turns upside down. Through out the book, we see Katniss transform from a barley-surviving citizen to the outer district to the heroin of the novel. Katniss’s death is foreshadowed through the book, but she never gives in. While her life flashes before her, Katniss must face death, hunger, and reality, as she sees her life through a brand new perspective.

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