How does the influence of relationships change Katniss' identity positively?

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hmassman eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Great question! In the book The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Katniss’ identity is positively transformed by relationships. Although numerous relationships transform Katniss’ identity, her relationships with Rue and Peeta offer profound examples of this transformation.

Beginning with Rue, Katniss’ identity transforms dramatically. Although Rue and Katniss are competitors in the Hunger Games, Rue and Katniss help each other survive. Unfortunately, Rue passes away during the competition. Katniss reveals:

“Now I am determined to avenge her [Rue], to make her loss unforgettable, and I can only do that by winning and thereby making myself unforgettable.”

As a result of this friendship and compassion, Katniss’ identity appears kind and protective. Consequently, Rue’s district even supports Katniss by sending her bread during the Hunger Games.

Furthermore, Peeta’s relationship with Katniss also positively impacts Katniss’ identity. After Peeta’s declaration of love to Katniss, Katniss appears more attractive to the sponsors. As a result, she receives more support and has a better chance of surviving. As Haymitch explains to Katniss:

“That boy just gave you something you could never achieve on your own.”

Furthermore, Haymitch reveals:

“He made you look desirable! And let’s face it, you can use all the help you can get in that department.”

Therefore, throughout the book, Katniss’ relationships alter her identity. Although Katniss is a strong character, her relationships (especially with Rue and Peeta) give Katniss a better chance of survival.