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Katniss Everdeen, Role Model? 89 does rebuild it with the virtues that he gradually teaches her. Did Katniss initially want another hunger games? The narrative is ambiguous, but given the dark side o f Katniss and the way she views relationships, it is indeed possible. And for me, that makes me pause when holding her up as a role model. I have two daughters, ages nine and eleven, and when and if they decide they want to read The Hunger Games, I hope they widerstand what is truly admirable in this character and what is not. University o f Mary Hardin-Baylor Brent Gibson Notes 1. Janice Podsada, “ The Hunger Games Sparks Sales at Archery, Toy, Book and Specialty Stores,” Hartford Courant (Hartford, CT), Apr. 15, 2012, via www.Baltimoresun.com. May 4, 2012. 2. Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay (New York: Scholastic, 2010), 368. 3. The title o f the thread seems to have slanted the debate on this site toward an assumption o f ulterior motives, although there were dissenting views. 4. Jennifer L. Miller, "Did Katniss really want the Hunger Games to continue or did she have ulterior motives when she agreed?" Posted on Sept. 10, 2010, Customer Discussions, http://www.amazon.com/Mockingiav-The-Hunger-GamesBook/dp/0439023513/ref=sr 1 1?s=books&ie=UTF8&a id= 1336663 516& sr= l-l# 5. Robert Sherman, "Did Katniss really want the Hunger Games to continue or did she have ulterior motives when she agreed?" Posted on Oct. 19, 2011, Customer Discussions, http://www.amazon.com/Mockingiav-The-Hunger-GamesBook/dp/0439023513/ref=sr 1 n s^ p o o k s& ie ^ T F S & q id ^ 1336663 516& sr= l-l# 6. See M ary Borsellino, “Your Heart Is a Weapon the Size o f Your Fist: Love as a Political Act in The Hunger Games,” in The Girl Who Was on Fire, ed. Leah Wilson (Dallas: Benbella Books, 2010), 37, and Sarah Rees Brennan, “W hy So Hungry For The Hunger Games?,” in The Girl Who Was on Fire, ed. Leah W ilson (Dallas: Benbella Books, 2010), 6-7. 7. Jennifer Culver, ‘“ So He re I Am in His Debt A gain’: Katniss, Gifts, and Invisible Strings,” in The Hunger Games and Philosophy: A Critique o f Pure Treason, ed. George A. Dünn and Nicolas Michaud (Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley, 2012), 94.