Katniss uses the skills she learned surviving in District 12 in the initial Hunger Games; she relies on her knowledge of berries, plants, and trees, she takes shelter and lets the other tributes fight it out beneath her. She sees a similarity between Rue and her little sister, and it triggers feelings of protectiveness in her. She is more detail-oriented than Gale, shunning his ideas of running away and living in the woods as impractical, although later she sees it as an escape. Her past decisions and experiences weigh heavily on her mind, including her father’s death changing her decisions in the present. She trusts others’ experiences and expects to learn from them, accepting what Haymitch tells her (because he “won” his Hunger Games, and as a Champion, she knows he must have valuable advice) and attempting to adopt it, as a method of survival. After her father dies, Katniss steps in and takes charge of her family. She puts aside her emotions to do what she must to survive, which includes learning to hunt, trade, and kill to defend herself and others she cares about in the arena. She observes the facts around her, and isn’t afraid to state them, which gives her a brusque tone. Her businesslike demeanor makes the audience dislike her, but also enables her to accomplish everything she needs to do. Katniss isn’t afraid to organize others when necessary and come up with survival and battle plans, although the idea of being the figurehead of a revolution terrifies her. Her emotions start to bleed through under stress, but instead of sharing them with others, she acts on them (shoving Peeta out of anger at him showing weakness, defying the government, creating a funeral pyre for Rue, etc). Katniss deeply resents others’ attempts to mold her into something she is not and is stubborn about being true to who she is and proud of her district. Her unwillingness to surrender and fierce intensity toward things she feels strongly about makes her formidable… and dangerous to the opposition. Katniss protects her family at all costs. Katness feels crippled by fear of the future and the unknown; she often acts in the moment, only to reap unpleasant rewards (unintentionally inciting violence in Rue’s district through her words). She does not realize her role in the bigger picture, and is not good at reading between the lines – Katness doesn’t understand why other tributes seem to be protecting her in Catching Fire, until they explain to her that she is the symbol of the Rebellion.

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Katniss’ tendency is to run away from her problems; she wants to abandon the Districts, and go live in the woods with the handful of people she cares about, until Gale points out the immorality of that action and how it would negatively affect others. She often reacts purely from her gut, without thinking about the consequences—volunteering as Tribute for Prim, and rousing the crowd to rebellion, deciding to kill herself rather than slay Peeta in the last round, etc. She tries to remain detached and clear-headed in solving problems, but sometimes gets sucked into people and their agendas. Under stress, she becomes more 6ish… choosing to hide from people and not attack them and using strategy, distrusting her companions and expecting them to betray or kill her, etc., but her natural state is to numb herself and not be impacted by what is going on around her, or the traumatic experiences she is going through. Though she also experiences a great deal of PTSD, Katniss is somewhat inert in making her own decisions after the Games. It’s Gale who leaves her, not the other way around. Her 8 wing kicks in to aggression and drive when she feels threatened, and isn’t afraid to defend herself or those she cares about, including killing people whom she perceives are a threat.