What are Katniss' main personality traits in The Hunger Games?

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Katniss's personality traits are uniquely strong and prove to be an asset in her fight for survival. These traits include her independence (hunting in the woods illegally, learning how to survive on her own after leaving for the games), her loyalty (providing for her family, looking after Rue, sticking with Peeta), and her intelligence (overcoming challenges presented to her, both in her home district and in the games).

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Katniss has strong personality traits.  

1. Responsible:She takes care of her family and friends.This is shown when she finds food for her village, she protects her family since her father died, and when she takes Prim's place in the Hunger Games. 

2. Loyal: to the people around her that she can trust: Gale, Peeta, her mother,Haymitch (even though he is drunk a lot), Cinna, and others.   

3. Leader and very intelligent: taking control of situations that need to be resolved and figuring out many complex situations in the games such as that the games rotate and how to beat each challenge she is given.

4.Athletic: and can run, jump, and shoot a bow and arrow with the best of the contestants. 

 5.Moral: She knows right from wrong and recognizes that what she is doing is wrong,but it is being forced upon her and the society by the government.

 6. Survivor:  Many times she overcomes wounds and exhaustion to continue fighting.

7. Compassionate: mourning Rue's death and yet remembering her song ---that song will continue through the third book.

8. Independent: no one can tell her what to think or how to behave. From the very beginning of the book, she is breaking the law by going out and hunting food.

9. Unpredictable: At no time does anyone really know what she is going to do.

10. Angry: She is angry about the games; about the fact that young people have to die; about the fact that the goverment puts them in this situation; and about the fact that people allow this to happen.

Choose three of these characteristics, find three examples of each in the book (which should be easy) and you should have a very good characterization paper, if that is where you are headed.

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What are some of Peeta Mellark's character traits in The Hunger Games?

Peeta is caring, as seen when he purposefully burned some bread so he could give it to a starving Katniss. He is selfless, as seen when he sacrificed himself for the benefit of Katniss. Peeta joins the Careers in order to lure them away from Katniss and battles Cato in order to protect Katniss. Peeta is kind, as seen when he offers to clean Haymitch after he drinks excessively and falls in his own vomit. He is also courageous, as seen when he saves Katniss after she was stung by the tracker jackers while trying to retrieve her bow. Peeta is ingenious, as seen when he employs his cake-decorating skills in camouflaging himself after the fight with Cato. He is also self-aware and seems to truly understand his feelings and character. At one point, he stated that he did not want the games to change who he was.

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What are some of Peeta Mellark's character traits in The Hunger Games?

Peeta is, in a word, likable. Although he has many traits, you could say that the word "likable" describes each of them. In fact, throughout the book and then the series, it is difficult to dislike Peeta at any point because he truly is one of the "good guys." His character guides each of his decisions in the book, and he is often forced to make very difficult ones. In spite of the many challenges he must go through, the reader always has the impression that Peeta is true to himself and to those he cares for. We see this time and again in his partnership with Katniss. While completely-good characters can actually be a bit boring to read about because they don't offer up much conflict in the storyline, Peeta is anything but boring. The reader is as invested in his storyline as any of the other characters. Much of the conflict that Peeta experiences is external, rather than internal, and this causes him to be the real "rock" of the book.

Peeta is:

  • reliable
  • trustworthy
  • loyal
  • compassionate
  • strong
  • charming
  • genuine
  • heroic
  • honest
  • self-sacrificing
  • intelligent
  • dignified
  • respectful
  • admirable
  • brave
  • mentally strong
  • resilient

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