An archetypal analysis of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games


  • Maya Zalbidea Paniagua Profesora AsociadaDepartamento de Estudios inglesesFacultad de FilologíaUniversidad Complutense de Madrid


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comparative literature, myth criticism, gender theory, feminism, psychoanalysis

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Suzanne Collins’ The Hunger Games trilogy invites to reflect on the exchange of gender roles metaphorically performed by a female and male protagonists who play the warrior as well as the family protector roles. From a myth-critical theoretical framework and applying psychoanalysis in literature methodology, this article will provide a feminist analysis of The Hunger Games trilogy (2008-2020) focusing on how the protagonists, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark, deconstruct gender stereotypes. Peeta Mellark will be regarded as a future man who supports gender equality while Katniss Everdeen will be considered a representation of goddesses’ archetypes applying Carl Gustav Jung’s (1970) approach on archetypes and collective unconsciousness as well as Jean Shinoda Bolen’s (2010) theories of feminine psychology based on Greek goddesses archetypes. 


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Maya Zalbidea Paniagua, Profesora AsociadaDepartamento de Estudios inglesesFacultad de FilologíaUniversidad Complutense de Madrid

Is Associate Professor at Complutense University of Madrid where she teaches “Introduction to Literary Texts in English Language” and “English Literature from 1800 to 1900” (From Gothic and Romantic to Victorian Fiction). She has worked in Elmcip project archiving collections of Electronic Literature and has published 15 publications about comparative literature, feminist studies and electronic literature. She is a member of Studies on Intermediality and Intercultural Mediation and is currently working in Aglaya Mythcriticism Project.


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Zalbidea Paniagua, M. (2021) «An archetypal analysis of Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games», Cuestiones de Género: de la igualdad y la diferencia, (16), pp. 270–280. doi: 10.18002/cg.v0i16.6932.