WARNING: If you have not read the books, there will be spoilers.
Katniss Everdeen is the Mockingjay. She is an incredibly strong woman, and also incredibly complex. While many people idolize her and want to become her (even President Snow’s granddaughter), I have come to the conclusion that I definitely would not want to be her, and here is why.
She is Forced to Do Stuff She Doesn’t Want
Yes, having to murder fellow teenagers is a terribly thing, but I am not talking about that. I am talking about having to be a puppet for many different people. She’s Haymitch’s puppet in the first book in order to keep her alive (yes, very noble but still puppetry), she becomes Snow’s puppet in the second book in order to keep her family and Peeta alive by playing out the crazy wedding and baby stories. And lastly she becomes President Coin’s puppet when she becomes the face of the revolution. Although Katniss does have her great moments of independence, she had to go through a lot undesirable moments of puppetry in order to get there.
She Definitely Has Problems
Before any of the Hunger Games actually happen, Katniss has already had to deal with the death of her father. That is hard enough, and then she gets thrown into an arena with murderous kids and survives, but not without losing a friend, getting burned and killing others to protect herself. That has definitely left a giant scar on her. And if that weren’t enough, she is sent back into the arena for a second time with some seriously deadly people. After she’s rescued, she is sent to District 13, finds out her home has been completely destroyed,goes to war against the capital while her love wants to kill her and also watches her sister get blown up. I’m sorry, but that does not sound like a life I ever want to live.
She Has To Make Incredibly Difficult Decisions
I’m not talking about the Gale and Peeta debacle (Team Peeta all the way). I’m talking about choosing Snow or choosing Coin when she stands there bow and arrow in hand at the end of the final novel. How can you possibly know you’re making the right decision? You can’t, that is a fact. Also, choosing to stay with Peeta after the Capital has completely brainwashed him into believing that Katniss is completely dangerous so he tries to kill her. I don’t think I could make a decision like that, nor do I want to.
Katniss Everdeen is the girl on fire, the mockingjay, and a hero. She is amazing, brave and caring. But I would never want to be her and live her life. So I salute you, Katniss.