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A Role Model For Our Times: Katniss Everdeen's Unassuming Heroism

Katniss Everdeen never set out to be a warrior or a hero - she wanted to protect her family and save her sister from the horror of the Hunger Games. But when she volunteered as tribute for District 12, she became an emblem of courage and leadership both in the fictional world of Panem and in the current context of global entertainment. Both in Suzanne Collins’ books and the movie franchise, Katniss is somehow both relatable and larger than life. In two separate columns, The Guardian has called her both a “great female role model” and “a role model for our times.

Nina Jacobson, producer of The Hunger Games films, sees the importance of Katniss’ instinctual, ethical heroism in the place of planned superhero-style saving. In her MAKERS profile, Jacobson says, “Katniss as a character I think everybody identifies with her. People just identify with how primal that first decision is, that she makes to protect her sister.” Katniss proves that, “You don’t have to want to be a hero to become one, and you don’t have to think like a hero to be one.”

Before Mockingjay Part 1 debuts in U.S. theaters on November 21, we take a look back at some of Katniss’ most badass moments, so when she continues to show both strength and vulnerability in this upcoming film, you’ll remember where she’s coming from. Click through above for arrows and flames.

Featured image via Digital Spy.