Can we define the situation Katniss faces as a dilemma?

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abuers eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The ongoing dilemma for Katniss is how to survive and provide for her family on a daily basis in District 12. When her sister is chosen to participate in the Hunger Games, Katniss does not hesitate. The decision to take care of her sister has been a priority for Katniss since her father died and her mother descended into depression and despair. The life and death nature of the games forces all the participants to confront their own darkness. Katniss tries to avoid killing unless she, or one of her allys is threatened. She is, increasingly, forced into a role that she does not want to play. Her dilemma, ultimately, is that she cannot do just what is best for her or her family. She has to conform and play a part, which violates her values of independece and self-sufficience, but is fueled by her deeper values of love and community.

awilkison eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Katniss's situation can most certainly be defined as a dilemma.  First of all, Katniss feels a strong need to protect her younger sister.  She volunteers for the Hunger Games in her sister's place to save her life.  Once she arrives at the Hunger Games, she faces the dilemma that she will have to kill the other contestants in order to win and to survive.

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