The Hunger Games

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Effie Trinket Character Analysis

Effie is the escort of the tributes from District 12, meaning she steers the tributes through the rituals of the Games. She wears a pink wig and speaks with the affected Capitol accent. Though she is very concerned with appearances and her own career—and has no self-consciousness about the Games or the political system—she comes to care personally for Peeta and Katniss.

Effie Trinket Quotes in The Hunger Games

The The Hunger Games quotes below are all either spoken by Effie Trinket or refer to Effie Trinket. 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 The Hunger Games published in 2010.
Chapter 3 Quotes

“At least, you two have decent manners,” says Effie as we’re finishing the main course. “The pair last year ate everything with their hands like a couple of savages. It completely upset my digestion.” The pair last year were two kids from the Seam who’d never, not one day of their lives, had enough to eat. And when they did have food, table manners were surely the last thing on their minds.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Effie Trinket (speaker), Peeta Mellark
Page Number: 44
Explanation and Analysis:

Peeta and Katniss, the two competitors from District 12, meet Effie Trinket, the narrow-minded, rather vapid manager of the Hunger Games ceremonies. Effie is disturbingly out of touch with the realities of Panem: for instance, when discussing the competitors from last year, she complains that they were messy eaters (even though, as Katniss points out, they were probably starving to death, and didn't care about table manners in the slightest).

The passage exemplifies the social inequalities of Panem. The wealthiest people in the country are shockingly out of touch with the poorest people: the wealthy literally cannot understand how the poor live. (Collins has stated in interviews that she based the social inequalities of Panem on the economic condition of the U.S. following the Great Recession.)

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Chapter 6 Quotes

“…but I’ve done my best with what I had to work with. How Katniss sacrificed herself for her sister. How you’ve both successfully struggled to overcome the barbarism of your district.”
Barbarism? That’s ironic coming from a woman helping to prepare us for slaughter.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Effie Trinket (speaker), Primrose Everdeen
Page Number: 74
Explanation and Analysis:

As Katniss prepares for the start of the Hunger Games, she spends more time with Effie Trinket, her manager, and is constantly amazed by Effie's insensitivity and narrow-mindedness. Effie is always in a hurry: she loves to complain about the dirtiness of the competitors from District 12, and her greatest worry seems to be that she'll be unable to make the District 12 competitors presentable in the Capitol.

Effie is a classic example of someone who "can't see the forest for the trees." She's so obsessed with doing her job--i.e., making the Hunger Games fun and exciting--that she seems not to understand how barbaric and bloody the Hunger Games really are.

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Effie Trinket Character Timeline in The Hunger Games

The timeline below shows where the character Effie Trinket appears in The Hunger Games. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...a meal out of the bread, goat cheese, and blackberries from surrounding bushes. They mimic Effie Trinket’s affected Capitol accent and the catchphrase of the Hunger Games: “May the odds be... (full context)
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...for boys. Two of the three chairs are filled with Madge’s dad, Mayor Undersee, and Effie Trinket, District 12’s escort from the Capitol. (full context)
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...As the mayor reads his name, Haymitch Abernathy drunkenly stumbles onto the stage and gives Effie an unwelcome hug. The mayor quickly wraps up his speech and introduces Effie, whose pink... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...reveal any weaknesses before the camera. Gale lifts Prim away, and Katniss climbs the steps. Effie announces Katniss and asks for a big round of applause, but not one person in... (full context)
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...plummets off the stage, knocking himself unconscious. As Haymitch is wheeled away on a stretcher, Effie continues on to select the boy tribute. His name, Peeta Mellark, is familiar to Katniss. (full context)
Chapter 3
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Effie comes to collect Katniss for supper, and they walk into a dining room where Peeta... (full context)
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...for this girl, however. Then the recap of the reaping in District 12 arrives, and Effie comments that their mentor could learn a lot about televised behavior, a comment which strikes... (full context)
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They remind Effie that Haymitch was drunk, as he always is—his behavior doesn’t just amount to rough manners.... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Peeta and Katniss realize that Effie is right about Haymitch as their mentor. They decide to help him to his feet... (full context)
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Effie’s voice wakes Katniss in the morning, and she dresses, deciding to keep her hair in... (full context)
Chapter 6
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At the training center, each district has an entire floor. Effie has been corralling Peeta and Katniss around, and she says that she’s been talking them... (full context)
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...to pick an outfit to her taste and conjuring food from an automatic menu until Effie summons her to dinner. (full context)
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...head as she hurries away from the table. When Katniss turns back, the four adults—Haymitch, Effie, Cinna, and his partner, Portia—are watching her carefully. Effie says that the girl is an... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...stay together throughout, even though they both begin to protest. He orders them to meet Effie at the elevator for training at ten. (full context)
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...the years, to comment on her hunting skills. When it’s ten, Katniss goes to meet Effie and Peeta at the elevator, and together they go to the training rooms, where all... (full context)
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...from station to station, and she reminds Katniss of Prim. On the District 12 floor, Effie and Haymitch have teamed up to tell Katniss and Peeta what to do, and the... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...sobbing, terrified that the Gamemakers will punish her family for her rash behavior. Haymitch and Effie try to fetch Katniss from her room, but she tells them both to go away... (full context)
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When Effie calls Katniss down to dinner, Katniss decides to go. Everyone is seated at the table,... (full context)
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...to have with Peeta and realizes it’s not a fair comparison because of the circumstances. Effie calls to Katniss to get ready for the day, and Katniss remembers that the televised... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...trying to kill each other in the Games anyway. Katniss spends four hours training with Effie on presentation, learning to smile more and walk in high heels, before she moves on... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...to say their goodbyes, since the next morning, Peeta and Katniss will enter the arena. Effie actually has tears in her eyes, and Haymitch again repeats his advice to stay alive.... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...wakes Peeta in the morning and they split the remaining stew. They joke about what Effie would say about their manners, but when they leave the cave to begin their day,... (full context)
Chapter 26
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...out of bed to meet her team, calling for Peeta when she enters the hall. Effie’s voice responds instead, and Katniss runs to greet the team, surprisingly hugging Haymitch first. Katniss... (full context)