Characters

by John Rod Lingues
(Philippines)

Question: I am a great fan of the Hunger Games and know every character. Could you tell me if who of them is the impact character and those 16 character types on your list since they'll be very easy to understand for me. Thanks :)


Answer: You might get more out of doing the analysis yourself, since you know the story so well.

I'm not certain The Hunger Games characters are perfectly archetypal, but of the top of my head (which means a quick best-fit approach that might need some refinement later), I'd say...

Protagonist: Katniss.
Antagonist: Capital/President Snow (reconsider), Cato (avoid).
Emotion: Peeta (feeling), Effie (uncontrolled).
Guardian: Hamish, Thresh
Sidekick: Rue, Primrose
Skeptic: Clove (disbelief), Peeta (doubt)
Contagonist: Gale (temptation), Gamemaster Seneca (hinder).

That leaves Reason, which I'm tempted to assign to Cinna.

Obviously, some of the functions get handed off to different characters as the story progresses (which is common).

As I say, this is just a quick take. You (or another reader) may find an argument for a better way to assign these functions.

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Apr 09, 2014
Different Opinion
by: Anonymous

I disagree. I also love the Hunger Games and I have a different opinion from you. (This isn't really to be taken that seriously, I just really like this sort of thing). I know I've repeated characters.
Protagonist- Katniss
Antagonist- Capitol/Snow/Coin
Emotion- Peeta (love) / Finnick
Guardian- Haymitch
Sidekick- Gale / Prim
Skeptic- Johanna / Haymitch
Contagonist- Gale / Coin
Reason- I agree with you on Cinna but I'd also add Finnick

I don't know why character analysis interests me so much but it really does, love this website.

Apr 09, 2014
Response
by: Glen

I see your point on some of these. However, I was only addressing the first book, whereas you're looking at the series as a whole. In the first book, I think you have to include Cato in the antagonist role. Finnick and Coin haven't yet appeared.

The reason I suggested Gale as Contagonist is because he tries to talk Katniss into running away (temptation being a Contagonist trait).

Also, if you make Finnick both Reason and Emotion, that puts him in the awkward position of arguing against himself, since these two are opposites. (Though I admit I haven't done a close enough study of his part to give a definite opinion.)

At any rate, we seem to agree on most points.

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