How did Katniss feel about the country of Panem in the novel, The Hunger Games?

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mizzwillie eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, the main character, Katniss Everdeen, is conflicted about her feelings towards her country, Panem.  When considering the government which rules the country, she hates them and all the cruelty and ignorance for which they stand.  The games which are televised are the ultimate cruelty to the people as a constant reminder of a past failed rebellion.  The country itself, without the government and its rules, is far more important to Katniss.  She believes that the people and the land will support Panem if the Capitol and all its people who do nothing are removed.  Then the true nature of the country, with the people who wish to live in peace and care for the land which can be their world in a positive way, will be visible for all to see.  The current hiding will disappear, and the positives of Panem will be allowed to show. 

zumba96 | Student

She hates the government and she feels it is unjust and cruel. She doesn't like how the 24 participants are forced to live or be killed either way just to show a form of entertainment and to show who is really the boss. She hates President Snow and all he does to control her and the people she loves.