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Finnick Odair Character Analysis

A young, beautiful, and intelligent champion of the Hunger Games, he competes in the 75th Hunger Games alongside Katniss. Finnick is known to be seductive and manipulative, and he is enormously popular in the Capitol for his suave demeanor. During the Games, Katniss is initially reluctant to trust Finnick, but she ultimately comes to respect him after he saves Peeta’s life and shows compassion for Annie Cresta. In the end, it’s revealed that Finnick is a rebel, and working with Plutarch and Haymitch to free Katniss and Peeta from the Hunger Games.

Finnick Odair Quotes in Catching Fire

The Catching Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Finnick Odair or refer to Finnick Odair . 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

Kids in costumes are silly, but aging victors, it turns out, are pitiful. A few who are on the younger side, like Johanna and Finnick, or whose bodies haven’t fallen into disrepair, like Seeder and Brutus, can still manage to maintain a little dignity. But the majority, who are in the clutches of drink or morphling or illness, look grotesque in their costumes.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Finnick Odair , Johanna Mason , Brutus , Seeder
Page Number: 214
Explanation and Analysis:

At Katniss prepares to compete in the Hunger Games for a second time, she meets her competitors—previous victors in the Games. This is Katniss's opportunity to study how other people have dealt with fame and celebrity. What she discovers is "pitiful." The vast majority of people who have won the Hunger Games haven't weathered success very well. Most have become addicted to drugs or alcohol—either because they need a vehicle to escape from their memories of murder, or because they've turned to extravagance in their fame. The prevalence of addiction among the victors suggests that victory is its own prison: for all their fame and glory, the winners of the Hunger Games are just as bound to the government as the other citizens of Panem.

Although Katniss is sizing up her competition and trying to figure out how to protect the people she loves, her thought process also reminds us of how strong and mature she is in comparison to most. It's true that she hasn't had to live as a victor for very long, but she also clearly maintains greater self-control than most of her peers.

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Chapter 19 Quotes

All right, maybe killing Finnick would be a little premature. He’s been helpful so far. He does have Haymitch’s stamp of approval. And who knows what the night will hold?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Haymitch Abernathy , Finnick Odair
Page Number: 278
Explanation and Analysis:

In this quotation, written as Katniss's stream-of-consciousness, we see Katniss trying to decide whether or not to kill one of her fellow competitors in the Hunger Games. Finnick Odair is a famously devious and unpredictable competitor whom Katniss immediately distrusts, and yet he's also remarkably brave—and most important, he saves Peeta's life, seemingly proving his loyalty to Katniss and Peeta. Katniss ultimately chooses not to kill Finnick because of this. And yet the mere fact that she's seriously considering doing so speaks miles about her character during the Hunger Games. Katniss may be the protagonist of these novels, but she's also ruthless and willing to kill to protect the people she loves. Even if she's less ruthless and less willing to kill than some of her competitors, she's still very dangerous, and has been turned callous by the horrible situations she's forced to survive.


Chapter 22 Quotes

I stare into the night, thinking of what a difference a day makes. How yesterday morning, Finnick was on my kill list, and now I’m willing to sleep with him as my guard. He saved Peeta and let Mags die and I don’t know why.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark , Finnick Odair , Mags
Page Number: 314
Explanation and Analysis:

During the Hunger Games, Katniss makes alliances with her competitors, and changes these alliances several times. For instance, she begins by thinking that Finnick Odair is a devious, dangerous young man, but after Finnick saves Peeta's life not once but twice, Katniss decides that can trust Finnick—there's no reason for Finnick to save Peeta's life, except that he, like Katniss, is trying to help Peeta survive.

The passage is also important because it reinforces the theme of ambiguous symbols. Here, one could say that Finnick himself is the "symbol"—he projects an image of seductive, untrustworthy charm, yet also displays clear signs of compassion and honesty. Katniss is unsure how to interpret Finnick's behavior, pointing toward her general confusion about how to interpret the Hunger Games, her friends' actions, and her place as a celebrity in Panem.

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Finnick Odair Character Timeline in Catching Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Finnick Odair appears in Catching Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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...doesn’t feel like meeting anyone, but she finds that the other competitors swarm around her. Finnick Odair, a famous victor who won his Games when he was only 14, greets Katniss... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...them off. Haymitch advises Katniss and Peeta to join with Chaff and Seeder, along with Finnick. Katniss is reluctant to make alliances of any kind, but Haymitch insists that she try.... (full context)
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...specializes in knot-tying, and who’s not part of the competition. As she talks to him, Finnick touches her shoulder and ties a complicated knot. Katniss remembers that Finnick is from a... (full context)
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Katniss avoids Finnick and goes to a training station where tributes can learn to make fire. There are... (full context)
Chapter 17
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...most of them will die. Some of the tributes “play along,” smiling and cracking jokes. Finnick recites a poem he wrote to the “love of his life,” a ploy calculated to... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...she finds among the supplies a bow and arrows. She hears a noise and sees Finnick standing close to her, carrying a trident and a net. Katniss thinks to herself that... (full context)
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Finnick grins and tells Katniss that they’re allies. He shows her a gold bangle—the same bangle... (full context)
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Patrolling the pile of supplies, Katniss and Finnick find weapons, but no food. Katniss sees other tributes approaching the Cornucopia, and shoots arrows... (full context)
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Finnick dives into the water to fetch Peeta. Meanwhile, Katniss notices an old woman from District... (full context)
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...the group of four walks through the jungle, Katniss wonders if she shouldn’t just shoot Finnick immediately. It would be “despicable,” but she still doesn’t fully trust him, and she’ll have... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...on the ground, unconscious, having just been electrocuted by a force field. Over Katniss’s protests, Finnick bends over Peeta, pinches his nostrils shut, and blows into his mouth. Slowly, Katniss realizes... (full context)
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After Finnick blows into Peeta’s mouth, Peeta slowly regains consciousness. Katniss begins to laugh and cry with... (full context)
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The group of four carries on exploring the jungle. Finnick questions how Katniss saw the force field. Knowing that everything they say is being recorded,... (full context)
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...nut growing on one of the trees, and yells for her to spit it out. Finnick only laughs. Katniss wonders how Finnick could be so cavalier about Mags and yet save... (full context)
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Katniss climbs down and reports what she’s seen to Finnick, Mags, and Peeta. It occurs to her that their island is particularly small, and seems... (full context)
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...big rodent, which she shoots. Carrying this, she returns to the camp. Mags, Peeta, and Finnick have built a hut from branches. She tells them that she’s found no drinkable water,... (full context)
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The group finally falls asleep. The next morning, Katniss and Finnick awake to a loud tolling sound. There are 12 rings, which, they presume, stand for... (full context)
Chapter 21
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Having discovered a dangerous fog, Katniss yells for Finnick, Mags, and Peeta to run away as fast as they can. The four run through... (full context)
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The fog paralyzes Peeta’s legs, and Mags is similarly unable to move. Finnick volunteers to carry Peeta, and tells Katniss to carry Mags, who’s only about 70 pounds.... (full context)
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Peeta, Katniss, and Finnick try to carry on, abandoning Mags’s body. Just when it seems that they’ll be unable... (full context)
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Finnick slowly regains control of his muscles. Katniss notices that he looks weary, not only because... (full context)
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...group. Katniss uses her arrows to kill as many monkeys as possible, while Peeta and Finnick use their knife and trident, respectively. In the midst of the fight, anther tribute enters... (full context)
Chapter 22
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...monkeys suddenly and unexpectedly retreat, as if the Gamemakers are calling them away. Alone, Peeta, Finnick, and Katniss notice the tribute from District 6. The monkey’s bite has seriously injured her,... (full context)
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...It is almost dawn when they’ve finished drinking. Katniss and Peeta go to rest, trusting Finnick to guard them. Finnick makes nets and baskets, which he uses to catch shellfish. When... (full context)
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...Almost too quickly, a parachute lands nearby. Attached, there is ointment, which Katniss, and then Finnick, apply to their skin. Finnick and Katniss tease each other about their hideous skin, and... (full context)
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Katniss, Finnick, and Peeta notice another group of three in the distance. They’re “in bad shape,” with... (full context)
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...Wiress’s life “for Katniss”—Katniss has no idea what this means. Katniss doesn’t attack Wiress, because Finnick seems to be friends with her. (full context)
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...of moss and soaks it with saltwater, then applies it to Beetee’s knife wound. Meanwhile, Finnick catches more shellfish, and explains to the new members of their group how they came... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...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 Victory... (full context)
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...everything Johanna has said to her. Beetee and Wiress will probably die on their own. Finnick is a problem, however, as Katniss knows that she can’t kill him herself, after everything... (full context)
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...Cashmere, and Katniss kills the Career who 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... (full context)
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Finnick goes to retrieve Beetee from the water. As Beetee returns, Katniss notices that he’s carrying... (full context)
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...group ventures back into the jungle, noting that it’s “monkey hour.” Johanna tells Katniss and Finnick to find water. Peeta will make another map of the arena. Katniss wonders if Johanna... (full context)
Chapter 24
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As Katniss calms herself, she hears another cry, and watches as Finnick, his face alight with fear, runs past her. She tries to call to him, but... (full context)
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Katniss and Finnick turn to see Peeta, Beetee, and Johanna standing only a few feet away from them.... (full context)
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The group moves on. Katniss asks Peeta about the woman Finnick heard, Annie. Peeta guesses that this must be Annie Cresta, the mentally unstable former champion... (full context)
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At the end of the day, Finnick catches more food from the water, and the group eats. A loud announcement informs everyone... (full context)
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...twelve hours of safety. Everyone falls asleep except for Peeta and Katniss. Katniss notices that Finnick calls Annie’s name in his sleep. (full context)
Chapter 25
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...is far cleverer than the other tributes. Beetee plans to harness the lightning Katniss and Finnick encountered two days ago. Using his long, thin wire—which he claims he invented—he will connect... (full context)
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The group walks toward the lightning zone. Finnick mentions that Katniss can hear force fields. Even though Beetee taught Katniss how to spot... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...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 explains that... (full context)
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...over Katniss’s body. Johanna repeatedly tells Katniss to stay down. Katniss thinks that Johanna and Finnick have betrayed the group—they must have had an alliance to do so after a few... (full context)
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...on the ground, Katniss thinks about Peeta, who is surely about to be killed by Finnick. Summoning her remaining strength, Katniss stands up, still covered in blood, and lurches through the... (full context)
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...calling for her. Before she has time to register where Peeta is standing, she sees Finnick and Enobaria running toward the tree. Knowing that she is going to die from blood-loss,... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...through the mysterious building where she’s being kept. She finds Plutarch, who is talking to Finnick and Haymitch. She’s even more confused when Plutarch kindly tells her to sit down and... (full context)
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...when they should begin their escape. At the moment, Katniss and her fellow rebels, including Finnick, are traveling to District 13. Most of the other Panem districts are in a state... (full context)
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...until she’s forcible sedated with a powerful drug. As Katniss feels the drug setting in, Finnick apologizes to her for failing to go back to find Peeta. Katniss doesn’t answer him.... (full context)