Thursday, August 4, 2011

Queens of Literature (2)

 In today's society, it is nearly impossible for teens to find a role model among the emaciated models and unrealistic characters of reality television shows and movies. Fortunately, authors of the twenty-first century are conjuring up female characters worthy of discussion and admiration. I've decided to highlight one of these characters every week in my newest meme, Queens of Literature. Each post will focus on a fictional heroine from a book I have read who possesses the qualities of a truly incredible woman.

This week's Queen is...

From the Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins

What Makes Katniss a Queen: 

You would be very, very hard pushed to find a tougher heroine than Katniss. She is emotionally and physically strong in a way that rivals even the most hardened of men. Having spent most of her childhood caring for her sister and mother after her father's death, Katniss is accustomed to sacrifice. Then, when Katniss is forced to compete in the cruel, brutal Hunger Games, her skills come into play more than ever. No matter how dangerous or heart-breaking things may be, Katniss pushes on with a fiery determination. She defends those she loves with all that she has, and she never backs down. Then, when the time comes, Katniss becomes the leader that the rebel forces need, even though she is terrified. She overlooks her doubts and insecurities to do what must be done. What a Queen.

Quotes from Katniss: 

"At some point, you have to stop running and turn around and face whoever wants you dead.The hard thing is finding the courage to do it." 
"I can feel Peeta press his forehead into my temple and he asks, “So now that you’ve got me, what are you going to do with me?”

I turn in to him. “Put you somewhere you can’t get hurt.” And when he kisses me, people in the room actually sigh." 
“What they want is for me to truly take on the role they designed for me. The symbol of revolution. The Mockingjay.”
"You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers.
"Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other."