Many of the citizens of District 12 were starving in safety. Instead of defying the odds and seeking a way out, they (the citizens) were comfortable, or at least appeared to be, with starving within the margins of comfort. However, the main character, Katniss Everdeen, knew something about poverty that the others apparently did not know. She understood that although she was in poverty she did not have to have a poverty mentality. Therefore, she trained herself to become a well skilled hunter (a skill that ultimately helped her in the future). Even if she never caught anything to feed her family for the day, she continuously went back to the field everyday to try again. Although she was in an impoverished situation in District 12, she did not allow it to affect her state of mind. She knew that her skills as hunter would eventually pay off and place her family in a better position.