In Defense of Katniss Everdeen
When we read about Katniss we often forget in many ways she’s a child. A mature child, but still just a sixteen year old girl when her journey begins in less than two years she went through extraordinary events, while still growing up.
At sixteen the average girl is in High School trying to figure our who she is, what she wants out of life, talking about what life will be like outside of school. She’ s still forming her identity and still holding on to some of those childish hopes and dreams. I always say to the kids I mentor in a year you will not think the same. You’ll be a different person. This is true of Katniss Everdeen. In Mockingjay she’s reluctantly chooses to be the face of a war. A girl who’s a teenager carrying the weight of the world on her shoulders. This is what astounds me about her maturity.
Those people who say that she was indecisive clearly have never spent a long time deciding what to eat a restaurant they’ ve never been to before. You would be indecisive if there were people’s lives at risk. You’d be petrified, and wishing for some support. Fact was Peeta was her support, he was the guy who stepped up to the plate and willingly held her hand, (i.e. like when he stood between her and Thread). Sure Prim tried to help her, but it wasn’t enough. Prim in her mind was her baby sister a thirteen, I repeat thirteen year old girl. Not the same, as the boy who went through two games, a victory tour and knew the in’s and out’s of the Capitol.
It’s why she feels lost and hides in spaces that remind me of the cave. She was trying to feel secure. Much the way a sixteen / seventeen year old would hide underneath the covers or their room when dealing with overwhelming emotional turmoil.