Catching Fire

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A brilliant and eccentric Hunger Games competitor who previously won the Game using his vast intelligence and resourcefulness. Though Katniss suspects Beetee of treachery at several points during the Games, she eventually realizes that he is a rebel, working with Haymitch to break through the force field surrounding the Hunger Games arena and free her.

Beetee Quotes in Catching Fire

The Catching Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Beetee or refer to Beetee . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Scholastic Press edition of Catching Fire published in 2013.
Chapter 16 Quotes

“I like the District Three victors,” I say. “Wiress and Beetee.”
“Really?” he asks. “They’re something of a joke to the others.”
“Why does that not surprise me?” I say. I think of how Peeta was always surrounded at school by a crowd of friends.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark (speaker), Wiress , Beetee
Page Number: 220
Explanation and Analysis:

At this point, Katniss and Peeta are trying to build a team of allies so that they can survive the Hunger Games. Katniss's approach to recruiting teammates is vastly different from Peeta's, shedding light on the differences between their personalities. While Katniss favors competitors who are calm, quiet, and intelligent, Peeta favors competitors who are strong, fast, or otherwise athletic. (In short, Katniss and Peeta like competitors who mirror their own personalities.) As Katniss correctly points out, Peeta's preference for "jocks" and gregarious friends stretches all the way back to his time in school, when he was always very popular.

Katniss's disagreement with Peeta reminds readers that they're far from a perfectly compatible couple; on the contrary, they're very different people. The differences between Katniss and Peeta are especially important in light of the "love triangle" between Gale, Peeta, and Katniss. From what we've seen of Gale, he's closer to Katniss's personality than Peeta is, at least in terms of quietness and introversion. 

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Chapter 23 Quotes

There are six of us now. Even if you count Beetee and Wiress out, we’ve got four good fighters. It’s so different from where I was last year at this point, doing everything on my own. Yes, it’s great to have allies as long as you can ignore the thought that you’ll have to kill them.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Wiress , Beetee
Page Number: 329
Explanation and Analysis:

As the Hunger Games go on, competitors are eliminated in a series of brutal and bizarre challenges. In this section, Katniss assesses where she and her allies stand in the game. Her heart sinks as the realizes the truth: she's almost at the point where she and her allies will have to turn on one another. Katniss's realization points to a more general problem with the Hunger Games: the more friends you make, the better you're likely to do for the first half of the Games; but the more allies you make right away, the more emotionally wrenching the second half of the Games will become. It's as if the Games are designed to be as psychologically challenging as possible—which, of course, they are.

The quotation also points to some important changes in Katniss's character that have set in during this novel. Both because of her victory in her first Hunger Games and because of her closer relationship with Haymitch, Prim, and her mother, Katniss has been thinking in more compassionate terms. President Snow has made it clear that if Katniss disobeys him at all, her family and friends will be hurt; as a result, she can't delude herself into thinking that she's a free agent who can act however she pleases. What's true in life, then, is also true in this year's Hunger Games: Katniss makes more alliances, and pays the emotional price for doing so.

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Beetee Character Timeline in Catching Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Beetee appears in Catching Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 16
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...learn to make fire. There are two middle-aged tributes from District 3 there, Wiress and Beetee. Wiress seems intelligent, but she has a strange habit of pausing mid-sentence. Beetee seems nervous... (full context)
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Wiress and Beetee turn out to be inventors: Beetee, for instance, has invented a music player no bigger... (full context)
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The tributes eat together. Katniss is about to sit with Wiress and Beetee when she sees Peeta and a group of ten other tributes dragging all the tables... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...the audience on his side. Surprisingly, many of the victors, such as Seeder, Chaff, and Beetee, suggest that the Quell should be called off, and even imply that Snow is too... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...likes him, and adds that her fishhooks will help them eat. Katniss sees Wiress and Beetee approaching, and is tempted to suggest that they team up, but realizes that Finnick might... (full context)
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...in the air, and recognizes that this is a force field of the kind that Beetee pointed out in the training area. Just as she starts to say something, there is... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...toward her. Katniss and Peeta run after him, seeing that the other two tributes are Beetee and Wiress. (full context)
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The group meets up with Johanna, who explains that she, Beetee, and Wiress ran through a rainstorm of blood, hence the appearance of red paint. Beetee... (full context)
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Katniss tries to care for Beetee. She takes a clump of moss and soaks it with saltwater, then applies it to... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...they survived the fog and the monkeys. Quickly, Katniss explains her clock theory to Johanna, Beetee, Finnick, and Peeta. As she explains, she remembers the watch Plutarch was wearing during her... (full context)
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The group begins to move ahead, knowing that they’ll have to face challenges every hour. Beetee asks for his “wire.” No one knows what he means. Johanna says that Beetee took... (full context)
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...have to kill Johanna—indeed, she’ll probably enjoy it, given everything Johanna has said to her. Beetee and Wiress will probably die on their own. Finnick is a problem, however, as Katniss... (full context)
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...killed Wiress, Gloss. Enobaria throws a knife into Finnick’s thigh. Finnick, Peeta, Katniss, Johanna, and Beetee chase away the two remaining Careers, Brutus and Enobaria. Then, the Cornucopia begins to spin... (full context)
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Finnick goes to retrieve Beetee from the water. As Beetee returns, Katniss notices that he’s carrying a spool of wire,... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Katniss and Finnick turn to see Peeta, Beetee, and Johanna standing only a few feet away from them. There is another force field... (full context)
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...only manipulated the sounds of their loved ones—there may not be any real torture involved. Beetee agrees with Peeta. Johanna points out that the entire country adores Prim—to hurt her would... (full context)
Chapter 25
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Peeta tells Katniss that Beetee is constructing a trap for Brutus and Enobaria. Beetee reveals his plan to the group.... (full context)
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...walks toward the lightning zone. Finnick mentions that Katniss can hear force fields. Even though Beetee taught Katniss how to spot force fields, he doesn’t question this claim. In the lightning... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...died all day. Katniss senses that the audience and the Gamemakers are thirsty for blood. Beetee and Finnick go to work uncoiling wire around the tree and across the beach. Beetee... (full context)
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...of wire back to the tree in the lightning zone. There, she’s surprised to find Beetee lying on the ground, wounded and clutching Peeta’s knife. Katniss notices that Beetee is lying... (full context)
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...moment when lightning strikes—this should occur in only a minute or two. Since Katniss and Beetee are about to die, and since two other tributes are dead, Katniss’s actions will leave... (full context)
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Katniss wakes up, finding herself hooked up to complex machines. She sees Beetee, similarly hooked up, and wonders why the Gamemakers don’t simply let them die. This reminds... (full context)
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...plan. Plutarch was in on the plan—he’s been working against the Capitol for years now. Beetee, another rebel, was put in charge of blowing up the force field, thereby allowing the... (full context)