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In The Hunger Games, describe the relationship of Katniss with Gale, with Prim, and...

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olpcheer97 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 15, 2011 at 2:10 PM via web

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In The Hunger Games, describe the relationship of Katniss with Gale, with Prim, and with her mother. How do those relationships define her personality?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted July 15, 2011 at 8:05 PM (Answer #1)

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If you look at the first two chapters the relationship of Katniss to these three characters is clearly explored. In particular, you might want to focus on the first chapter and the response of Katniss to Gale's suggestion that they leave together and survive in the woods:

Leave? How could I leave Prim, who is the only person in the world I'm certain I love? And Gale is devoted to his family.

Gale and Katniss are therefore childhood friends who have learnt to survive in a grim world and are the providers for their families. What is hinted at in this first chapter is that Gale's feelings for Katniss go beyond friendship rather than just being platonic. Katniss is of course responsible for looking after Prim and her mother, as her desire to protect Prim from as much as possible indicates. It is her love for her sister that causes her to substitute herself for the Hunger Games without a thought for her own safety.

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akuhano | Student, Grade 11 | Salutatorian

Posted August 12, 2011 at 11:08 AM (Answer #2)

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With her mother:  She isn't quite sure of her relationship with her mother, because of what happened after the mining accident.  Her mother keeps "disappearing," and it forces her to find fodd and prepare for herself, as well as her little sister, Prim.

With Prim:  Prim is the one she loves the most.  She is the only person she is definitely sure about loving, and Katniss would do anything for her.  She proves this by volunteering for Prim in the Hunger Games

With Gale:  She isn't sure about her relationship with Gale either.  She looks at him like an adult figure, even though he is a good friend of hers.  Her feelings for Gale become even more confused when Peeta is thrown into the mix.

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