How has Katniss's life in District 12 changed since the Hunger Games?  

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Katniss's life was irrevocably changed when she became a Victor in the Hunger Games. To understand, first we need to discuss what her life was like before. Her father died when she was young, and because of the way her mother behaved she was forced to become the provider for...

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Katniss's life was irrevocably changed when she became a Victor in the Hunger Games. To understand, first we need to discuss what her life was like before. Her father died when she was young, and because of the way her mother behaved she was forced to become the provider for the family. She illegally hunted and gathered plants to sell. Every day, Katniss had to fight to make sure her family stayed alive.

Once Katniss became a Victor, her life became that of luxury. She no longer needed to earn money or make sure her family had enough food to eat. They were able to afford everything they needed and more. Though Katniss still hunted, it was to help her friend Gale support his own family. 

On another level, she could no longer hide in the shadows as she had in the past. As a Victor, she would always be a prominent member of society. But the berries at the end of the 74th Hunger Games were viewed as an act of defiance by many members of society. Because of this, Katniss became a pawn in a game that she didn't understand. President Snow threatened her family and friends if she was unable to convince the districts that the berries were the desperate act of a girl in love. All sense of security in her life left as soon as she offered Peeta those berries, and it changed the face of Panem forever.

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