The Hero: He or she is a character who predominantly exhibits goodness and struggles against evil in order to restore harmony and justice to society
The underdog archetype by definition is the character that is least likely to win, and in other ways there are underdogs that are in a position of inferiority to other key archetypal characters in mythology… the bottom line in the text book definition of the underdog is a general basis around this character is “expected” to lose, fail, call it quits and in the end the crowd is most commonly found cheering in favor of the estranged outsider.
A character who is engaged in a love affair that is fasted to end tragically for one or both due to the disapproval of the society, friends, or family or some tragic situation.
This individual works as a teacher or a counselor to the initiates. Sometimes they work as role models and often serve as a father/mother figure
Bow and Arrow
This symbolizes the extraordinary quality of a hero because no one else can wield the weapon or use it to it’s fullest potential.
The Mentor: His or her task is to protect the main character. It is through the wise advice and training of a mentor that the main character achieves success in the world
The Hunger Games Archetypes
Districts VS. Capital
Star Crossed Lover
The Magic Weapon
Battle Between Good and Evil
Death and Rebirth
A battle between the good and bad forces. Good usually wins despite the odds that are mostly always favored for the evil
The most common of all situational archetypes, this motif grows out of the parallel
between the cycle of nature and the cycle of life. It refers to those situations in which someone or
something, concrete and/or metaphysical dies, yet is accompanied by some sign of birth or rebirth.
The Rebel archetype is a very American archetype and is in some ways a definitive behavior of the American individual and is inexorably linked to freedom.
Katniss Everdeen is the hero and the protagonist of The Hunger Games. Everdeen goes through many obstacles that make her the hero. Katniss earns her victory in the first book by defeating the district one representative, Cato, and also defeating the wolf mutations.
Peeta Mellark was forced into the games while not one person believed him. When Mellark and Everdeen were first chosen, Mellark’s mother believes that district will finally have a winner but she was implying that it would be Everdeen and not her son. Peeta uses his publicity wisely and gains sympathy, helping him survive the games with Katniss.
Gale Hawthorne is Katniss Everdeen’s best friend and hunting partner, one of the series’ main characters. He is fiercely devoted to his family and to Katniss and is a true rebel and visionary at heart. He is in love with Katniss and is forced to watch as she volunteers for the 74th Hunger Games in the place of her sister and fakes a romance with Peeta Mellark in order to stay alive. After the Games, he becomes a threat to the Capitol through his semi-romantic relationship with Katniss, and is used to gain leverage over her. He escapes The Bombing of District 12, and manages to save approximately 800 others. In District 13, he becomes a soldier for the rebellion and fights on Katniss’ side for the remainder of the war
Haymitch is Katniss’ and Peeta’s mentor. He is drunk at almost any given time, with a glass in one hand and a knife in the other. He drinks to forget the memories of the 50th Hunger Games, which he was crowned victor of. He won during the second Quarter Quell, when double the tributes were required to participate in this deadly game. He promised he would sober up long enough for Katniss and Peeta to play the Games and help them. He sends Katniss gifts throughout the games to help her survive, and sometimes Katniss believes that his gifts always seem to have good timing and there might be some kind of connection between them.
Cinna, a stylist for the games, encourages Katniss on an emotional level and gives her a figure of trust in the unforgiving Capital. This leads Katniss to grow an emotional connection with Cinna, that she and Hamitch do not share.
Bow and Arrow
The bow and arrow is Katniss’ weapon of choice. Due to her past activities involving hunting, she is experienced with the bow and arrow. During the games Everdeen uses this weapon throughout the games to keep her and Peeta surviving.
District VS. Capital
The districts of Panem have combined and formed a rebellion against the capital to stabilize the country of panem. Throughout the third book, the rebellion goes into war with the capital. The rebellion does the impossible and overthrows the capital.
Katniss is considered ‘the girl on fire’ in the capital. In the games, there is was a forest fire made to kill the contestants, which represents death. Being known as ‘the girl on fire’ after the games, it represents rebirth aswell because it shows how Katniss ‘cheated’ death
The mockingjay becomes a symbol of rebellion and hope among the districts. Before the Games, a friend of Katniss’s from school, Madge Undersee, gave her a gold mockingjay pin as a token from home. After the Games, the symbolism of the mockingjay became stronger then before because of the actions taken by the winning tribute, or tributes. The Capitol always considered the mockingjay to be a sign of rebellion because they not only failed to kill off their own creation, the jabberjays, but the creation turned into something that was even better than before. In Catching Fire the rebelling districts use the mockingjay symbol as a sign or way of communication to the other. Rebelling people will bake the bird symbol into breads, crackers, and other things that could easily be eaten or hidden quickly. The mockingjay becomes sign a of resistance, a sign of uprising, and a sign hope