Is Katniss a hero?

Katniss Everdeen of The Hunger Games is put in a terrible situation, that’s for sure. You probably at least know the story line.  She takes her sister’s place and heads for an arena where children must duel to the death.

One writer, N.D. Wilson, doesn’t think much of what Katniss does. She’s no hero, he says, except at the beginning where she takes her sister’s place. For the rest of the tale, she acts with self-interest in mind. It’s the circumstances that eventually set her up as a revolutionary.

I also didn’t get that satisfied feeling from reading these books that I do from a work that has a consistently self-sacrificing person at its core. But she’s memorable nonetheless.

What do you think?

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