Mockingjay

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A brilliant rebel and former Hunger Games competitor, Beetee uses his scientific training to design various deadly weapons for the rebel alliance, including flaming arrows and double bombs. While Katniss doesn’t get much insight into Beetee’s thoughts or his consciousness, he seems to have no qualms about designing technology that will be used to kill innocent civilians.

Beetee Quotes in Mockingjay

The Mockingjay 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 Mockingjay published in 2014.
Chapter 6 Quotes

Haymitch holds up the notepad. "So, the question is, what do all of these have in common?"
"They were Katniss's," says Gale quietly. "No one told her what to do or say."

"Unscripted, yes!" says Beetee. He reaches over and pats my hand. "So we should just leave you alone, right?"
People laugh. I even smile a little.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Gale Hawthorne (speaker), Haymitch Abernathy (speaker), Beetee (speaker)
Page Number: 75
Explanation and Analysis:

As Katniss prepares to begin her propaganda campaign on behalf of the rebel alliance, she brainstorms with her friends, such as Haymitch and Plutarch, about the best way to strengthen the rebels. Haymitch's conclusion is that Katniss is always at her best when she's improvising. Although Katniss is used to being filmed, she's not actually very good at acting, and there's a part of her that acts more instinctively, without any regard for the camera or the script.

The irony of Katniss's propaganda campaign for the rebels—an irony which Beetee touches upon in the quotation—is that she's being ordered to improvise in front of a camera—improvisation is the script. Although Katniss has excelled at improvising and acting "naturally" in the past, now her improvisations can no longer be, strictly speaking, "natural." The only way for Katniss to be truly natural is to turn the cameras off—and as Beetee implies, this simply isn't possible. In all, Katniss's propaganda campaign is paradoxical at its very heart: she must improvise, but also partially plan out and censor her improvisation.

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Chapter 13 Quotes

"Of course, we'll try, Prim," says Beetee. "It's just, we don't know to what degree we'll succeed. If any. My guess is that fearful events are the hardest to root out. They're the ones we naturally remember the best, after all."

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Beetee (speaker), Primrose (Prim) Everdeen
Page Number: 182
Explanation and Analysis:

The rebels succeed in rescuing Peeta from his prison in the Panem government. But even after Peeta is returned to his friends and family, he's traumatized by his time in prison, and the government has even conditioned him to attack Katniss. Although Beetee, a trained scientist, believes that it's possible to "de-condition" Peeta to regard Katniss as a friend once again, he admits that de-conditioning is extremely difficult, since Peeta has been brainwashed to respond to any frightening or anxiety-inducing events.

Beetee's words are important because they confirm the psychological harm Katniss has experienced in the past year and a half. After witnessing death and destruction in and outside the Hunger Games, Katniss knows very well that it's difficult, if not impossible, to forget fear. As strange as it sounds, human beings are hard-wired to remember trauma—seemingly the events they'd want to forget immediately—very clearly.

Chapter 26 Quotes

"I brought you this." Gale holds up a sheath. When I take it, I notice it holds a single, ordinary arrow.
"It's supposed to be symbolic. You firing the last shot of the war."
"What if I miss?" I say. "Does Coin retrieve it and bring it back to me? Or just shoot Snow through the head herself?"
"You won't miss." Gale adjusts the sheath on my shoulder. We stand there, face-to-face, not meeting each other's eyes.
"You didn't come see me in the hospital."
He doesn't answer, so finally I just say it.
"Was it your bomb?"
"I don't know. Neither does Beetee," he says. "Does it matter? You'll always be thinking about it."

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Gale Hawthorne (speaker), President Alma Coin , President Coriolanus Snow , Beetee
Related Symbols: Arrow, The Double Bomb
Page Number: 366-367
Explanation and Analysis:

In this tense scene, Katniss reunites with her childhood friend Gale, who presents her with an arrow. Katniss is supposed to use the arrow to execute President Snow, the leader of the former government of Panem. By firing the shot, Katniss is supposed to officially end the rebels' war with Snow, ushering in a new government headed by President Alma Coin. Although Gale has known Katniss for almost her entire life, there's no trace of intimacy in his interaction with her now. On the contrary, he acts like a messenger, delivering information to Katniss on behalf of his real allies, the rebels. Gale's behavior reflects his shifting allegiances: although he's always been loyal to Katniss in the fact, he's moved away from his old friend in order to become more powerful in the growing rebel government.

The ultimate example of Gale's shifting allegiances, which Katniss alludes to in this quotation, is the bomb he may or may not have sent to the Capitol—the bomb that killed Katniss's little sister, Prim. Gale doesn't know whether or not he sent the bomb that killed Prim. But whether or not Gale personally sent the bomb, the message is clear: Gale has become hopelessly divided from Katniss. He has chosen the rebels over Katniss, and Prim's death will always be an unbridgeable chasm between the two former friends. This moment also marks the breaking of the "love triangle" between Katniss, Peeta and Gale. Where Gale turns his back on his old friend, Peeta intuitively understands Katniss's pain, and tries to help her.

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Beetee Character Timeline in Mockingjay

The timeline below shows where the character Beetee appears in Mockingjay. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 3
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...a series of propaganda pieces that will be illegally broadcast onto every television in Panem. Beetee, an intelligent rebel who competed in the Hunger Games alongside Katniss, has hacked the television... (full context)
Chapter 5
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At lunch, Gale and Katniss are scheduled to go see Beetee. They’re directed to the “special defense” room, where Beetee greets them by showing them a... (full context)
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Beetee leads Gale and Katniss to the weapons he’s been designing. He presents Katniss with a... (full context)
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Katniss and Gale proceed from Beetee’s workstation to a room on a higher floor, where the prep team goes to work... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Katniss goes to her room, where she washes the makeup off her body. Shortly thereafter, Beetee arrives with armor, which she’ll wear during her time “in the field.” He also supplies... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...of the war is imperative. Suddenly, the interview switches to footage of Katniss in District 12—Beetee has hacked the Capitol networks once again. The footage then changes to an interview with... (full context)
Chapter 13
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While Katniss lies in the hospital, Beetee approaches her, apologizing for her near brush with death. He explains that Peeta has been... (full context)
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...take care of her in the hospital, feeding her soft foods and talking with her. Beetee and Gale visit her, showing them weapons that they’ve been collaborating on. One weapon appeals... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...Some of the rebels appear interested in Gale’s plan, while others look disgusted by it. Beetee is the first to speak—he points out that many of the people in the Nut... (full context)
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...an avalanche around the Nut, allowing some of the people inside to leave the area. Beetee seems to like this idea, and he proposes that the rebel leaders talk to President... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...Boggs cut her from the mission. With the young victors prepared to fight, Haymitch and Beetee—who will manage their progress from District 13—wish them good luck. Katniss and Finnick admit to... (full context)
Chapter 24
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The next morning, Katniss is still thinking about Gale’s words. Nevertheless, she’s distracted by Beetee’s latest “hijack”—he’s aired a broadcast on Capitol TV about how the rebels are currently marching... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...attention to fighting Katniss, the Mockingjay. Katniss remembers the weapon she discussed with Gale and Beetee: it consisted of two bombs, and was designed to appeal to people’s compassion. Katniss, shaking... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...execution ceremony begins. Katniss is present, along with the surviving Hunger Games participants: Enobaria, Johanna, Beetee, Annie, Haymitch, and Peeta. Beetee explains that the Hunger Games competitors were, for the most... (full context)
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...Games. Peeta angrily opposes this idea, calling it cruel. Annie agrees with Peeta, as does Beetee. Johanna and Enobaria vote for the Games, reasoning that it will give the Capitol “a... (full context)