The Hunger Games (Series) | Study Guide

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The Hunger Games (Series) | Quotes


Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

Effie Trinket, The Hunger Games

This statement, supposedly wishing good luck to the tributes in the Hunger Games, is actually cruel. The odds are heavily stacked against all the competitors—there is only a 1-in-24 chance of winning—and tributes from the poorer districts are at an even greater disadvantage. Their names are likely to be in the pool more often in exchange for food, and they are pitted against Career Tributes from richer districts who are trained to compete in the Games their entire lives.


You don't forget the face of the person who was your last hope.

Katniss Everdeen, The Hunger Games

Katniss Everdeen has this thought upon seeing the girl whom she once failed to rescue. The girl is now a slave in the Capitol, her tongue cut so she cannot speak. Throughout the book, Katniss continues to be haunted by those she could not help, and those whose deaths she feels responsible for.


I'm more than just a piece in their Games.

Peeta Mellark, The Hunger Games

On the train to the Capitol, Peeta Mellark says this to Katniss Everdeen, revealing more depth than she was aware of. However, as the series progresses, Peeta is brainwashed into temporarily becoming the ultimate pawn in the Capitol's games—a powerful mouthpiece for their objectives, and an emotional weapon against Katniss.


Katniss, the girl who was on fire.

Cinna, The Hunger Games

The head of Katniss Everdeen's prep team, Cinna describes how he wants spectators to remember her. Unknown to Katniss, Cinna is also secretly working to help her become a symbol of the rebellion. In this case, she is the fire of rebellion burning just below the surface throughout Panem.


You have provided a spark that ... may grow to an inferno that destroys Panem.

President Snow, Catching Fire

President Snow elaborates on the "girl on fire" idea by warning Katniss that she may be the spark that incites rebellion, sends the country into chaos, and ultimately destroys it.


You have to stop running and turn around and face whatever wants you dead.

Katniss Everdeen, Catching Fire

Katniss Everdeen has this realization when she finally admits to herself that life in District 12—and life in general—is no different from life in the arena. She realizes that to truly triumph over her enemies, she will have to stop trying to escape them, and face them head-on instead.


You could live a hundred lifetimes and not deserve him, you know.

Haymitch Abernathy, Catching Fire

Haymitch Abernathy is telling Katniss Everdeen what she already knows: that Peeta Mellark is the best of them, the most selfless and the most moral, trying desperately to maintain what Katniss says at one point is his "purity of self."


When you're in the arena ... just remember who the enemy is.

Haymitch Abernathy, Catching Fire

The advice Haymitch Abernathy gives to Katniss Everdeen seems obvious, but he is not cautioning her about the players in the games. He is warning Katniss not to lose sight of who the true enemy is: the Capitol. This warning later saves her life when she is able to shift her focus from the players to the government and the Gamemakers that are manipulating them.


They can't hurt me. I'm not like the rest ... There's no one left I love.

Johanna Mason, Catching Fire

When Katniss Everdeen tries to prevent Johanna Mason from listening to the jabberjays who are mimicking the voices of loved ones, Johanna reveals why they can't hurt her. Her statement reveals a larger truth—that the greatest weapon the enemy has against the tributes is their love for others.


I can find you. I can reach you. Perhaps I am watching you now.

President Snow, Mockingjay

Katniss Everdeen imagines President Snow giving her this chilling message when she finds a white rose in her old home, after she has been extracted from the Quarter Quell arena. She realizes there is no real safety for her or her family.


To murder innocent people? ... It costs everything you are.

Peeta Mellark, Mockingjay

In his first interview with Caesar Flickerman after he has been captured, Peeta Mellark describes the real horror of the Hunger Games. Not only do the games result in the deaths of 23 tributes, but they emotionally destroy the person who had to kill them.


Fire is catching! ... And if we burn, you burn with us!

Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay

After the Capitol bombs the District 8 hospital, Katniss Everdeen and her squad bring down enemy planes, and Katniss spontaneously shouts these words into the cameras that are filming her. She is warning the government that any violence they unleash on the rebels will be returned in kind.


It takes ten times as long to put yourself ... together as it does to fall apart.

Finnick Odair, Mockingjay

Finnick Odair explains to Katniss Everdeen why the two of them are struggling so much after their experiences in the Games. Not only did they suffer physically, they were also tortured emotionally and mentally. Healing will be a long process, and this is Finnick's way of telling Katniss not to give in to the nightmares.


There isn't a rule book for what might be unacceptable to do to another human.

Katniss Everdeen, Mockingjay

Katniss Everdeen struggles with both Gale Hawthorne and her own conscience when she realizes District 13 seems to be willing to act as brutally as the Capitol to achieve what they would call "the greater good."


We're fickle, stupid beings with poor memories and a great gift for self-destruction.

Plutarch Heavensbee, Mockingjay

Plutarch Heavensbee tells Katniss Everdeen that even after the recent horrors, there is no guarantee people will remember. The cycle of violence could easily begin all over again.

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