Catching Fire

The Archetype

Archetypal Elements

The Quest

Although Katniss and her fellow rebels do not know it yet, they are on a quest to take away the Capitol's power. The quest started when the Capitol came up with the 1st Hunger Games, ever since then the Capitol' injustice and absolute power and tyranny over its' districts has been steadily increasing.

The Task

Throughout Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen has been given one main task by President Snow. To not be a "Beacon of Hope," and to not lead the uprising against the Capitol. Katniss always tries to keeps in mind this task of hers, but fails to succeed. Her desire to protect her loved ones is too great for any evil force to defeat.

The Journey

The Journey to the Capitol signifies the beginning of Katniss's voyage. It shows the start of the 75th Qunitennial Hunger Games. At the time, Katniss is on tour with Peeeta, Haymitch, and her designing crew including Effie. There she is viewed as a symbol of rebellion throughout the 12 districts.

The Initiation

In the movie Catching Fire, the initiation occurs when Katniss witnesses Gale being lashed by a so called "Peace Keeper." Katniss runs up in front of him and stands up for him indirectly saying, "If you want to beat him, you're going to have to go through me." The Peace Keeper did as she said and whipped Katniss too. It was then on when Katniss realized this wasn't just about a game anymore. Katniss put on her big girl pants and went to go put a stop to this cruelty.

The Fall

The Fall happens in the previous movie, the original Hunger Games, but the aftereffects of what Katniss Everdeen did, come to haunt her every day. Whether it be hunting in the woods with her best friend Gale, or a press conference at the Capitol, the image has burned itself in her mind. The first time she ever killed someone, who was a young boy her age, most probably with a family that loved him. This takes her to a lower state of being because she feels that her self moral, if not already lo before that, has sunk even lower due to the deed which she committed

Nature vs. Mechanistic World

When an ally of Katniss creates a plan to eliminate the others, they quickly join in. They plan on using the all natural lightning strikes to electrocute the opposing forces. They figured that this would be a much easier way of killing them rather than using their weapons to defeat them one-by-one. In this scenario, nature beats technology. In not all cases is it like this, but when it is, nature is a sure winner.

Character Archetypes

The Hero

Katniss Everdeen, the underestimated tribute from District 12 is clearly seen as the hero. Due to her meager resources, Katniss does not know the opulent lifestyle of the Capitol, but because of this she is very resourceful with what she has. Katniss Everdeen becomes the hero because of what she has done to save her sister as well as trying to eradicate the Capitol and fight for the greater good of Panem. With the title of the "Girl on Fire," Katniss certainly has not lived down to expectations.

The Young Man from the Districts

Peeta Mellark was sent away as a tribute for the 74th Annual Hunger Games at a very young age. During his time away, the Capitol revealed the true evils that society can hold. With the help of Katniss, and luck, Peeta Mellark survived and found his way back home as a changed man. After seeing the true evils and wrongs that the Capitol committed, Peeta was with all the other rebels and wanted to find a a way to abolish the Capitol and its' many wrong doings.

The Intiates

The many initiates and other tributes of the 74th Annual Hunger games are much more prepared than Katniss and Peeta. The group known as the "Careers" have been getting ready for this their whole life, and it is now their "time to shine." Other districts have had no training or practice pertaining to the Hunger Games, and are completely innocent of the Capitol's villainy.


Haymitch Abernathy is the mentor of District 12 as well as the mentor of Katniss and Peeta. He seeks to give the best advice to Katniss and Peeta. Haymitch was a previous winner of the Hunger Games a few years back. With his much needed advice, Katnisss and Peeta value his thoughts and opinions and take it into consideration.

The Creature of Nightmare

In Catching Fire during the 75th Annual Hunger Games(Quarter Quell), the headmasters send in vicious monkeys to attack and kill the tributes in the dome. Katniss along with some other tributes come across theses monkeys and fortunately fight them off laving the headmasters in shock and looking for another resource.

The Devil Figure

President Snow is most definitely the "Devil Figure" in Catching Fire. All he wants to do is kill, kill, and kill. President Snow is what seems like at first a man with the "spirit of Santa Claus," but once you get to know him he is truly the devil.

The Star-Crossed Lovers

They're in love... not genuinely though. Katniss and Peeta have been, theoretically, in love since the middle of the 74th Huger Games, when he confessed his love for Katniss Everdeen. Ever since then, the District 12 tributes have, in a way, become the Capitol's pets' because the Capitol likes nothing better than a far fetched story to go after. So although, they appear to be like that on screen, in real life they are facing some relationship issues.