Catching Fire

Katniss’s mother Character Analysis

Katniss has a conflicted relationship with her mother. Following her father’s death, her mother fell into deep depression and now rarely speaks. As a result, Katniss has a difficult time feeling love and affection for her mother, even as she recognizes that her mother is a kind and intelligent woman. During the course of the novel, Katniss comes to recognize the extent of her mother’s compassion—her mother is a skilled nurse and healer, without whom the people of District 12 would suffer greatly.

Katniss’s mother Quotes in Catching Fire

The Catching Fire quotes below are all either spoken by Katniss’s mother or refer to Katniss’s mother. 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 3 Quotes

My time in the arena made me realize how I needed to stop punishing [my mother] for something she couldn’t help, specifically the crushing depression she fell into after my father’s death. Because sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Katniss’s mother
Page Number: 31-32
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 8 Quotes

My mother has to save the strongest for the worst pain, but what is the worst pain? To me, it’s always the pain that is present. If I were in charge, those painkillers would be gone in a day because I have so little ability to watch suffering. My mother tries to save them for those who are actually in the process of dying, to ease them out of the world.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Katniss’s mother
Page Number: 113
Explanation and Analysis:

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Katniss’s mother Character Timeline in Catching Fire

The timeline below shows where the character Katniss’s mother appears in Catching Fire. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...rabbits and other small animals. She walks back to her community, District 12. Katniss’s family—her mother and her sister, Prim—are happy to live in Victor’s Village, but Katniss herself prefers her... (full context)
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...to stay. Katniss has a huge house in the Village, which she shares with her mother and sister. Haymitch and Peeta have similarly massive houses. Katniss walks into Haymitch’s house, which... (full context)
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Katniss leaves Haymitch’s house and walks to her own. There, her mother is waiting for her. She tells Katniss that a messenger is waiting to talk to... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Katniss’s mother comes in and asks her if she’s all right, and Katniss pretends to be cheery.... (full context)
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Katniss’s mother enters Katniss’s room as Venia and Octavia are applying her makeup. She tells Katniss that... (full context)
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As Katniss prepares to leave for her tour, her mother gives her a pin shaped like a mockingjay. Effie shouts that it’s time for Katniss... (full context)
Chapter 8
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The group has arrived at Katniss’s house in Victor’s Village. Katniss’s mother, a skilled nurse and healer, emerges from the house, and sees Gale. Immediately, she fetches... (full context)
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As Katniss watches her mother treat Gale, she notices that he’s regaining consciousness. Katniss remembers that her mother keeps powerful... (full context)
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After a short time, Katniss’s mother leaves Gale and begins to treat Katniss’s face. She gives Katniss herbs and other simple... (full context)
Chapter 9
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Katniss walks downstairs, where she finds her mother tending to Gale. Katniss’s mother prepares a complex combination of half-melted snow and herbs, soaks... (full context)
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Katniss’s mother tells Katniss that Peeta left early in the morning, and suggests that Katniss call him... (full context)
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...though he’s too weak to leave Katniss’s house. Hazelle accepts this information, noting that Katniss’s mother is the best of nurses. (full context)
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...district, there are more sick and wounded people, all of whom go to see Katniss’s mother. In the meantime, hunting laws are strictly enforced, so Gale and Katniss do not try... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...realizes that she can’t tell her family that she was in the woods, as her mother will be furious that she endangered her life. She walks back to her house, deciding... (full context)
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As Katniss returns to her house, she sees two Peacekeepers standing outside. Her mother emerges from the house and tells the Peacekeepers, very nervously, that Katniss has returned for... (full context)
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The evening passes uneventfully. Prim tells Katniss about her day at school, and Katniss’s mother fixes everyone soup and bread. Privately, Katniss can’t stop thinking about Twill and Bonnie and... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...up the next day, barely remembering what happened to her when she came home. Her mother and sister walk into her room, carrying tea, and at this sight, Katniss bursts into... (full context)
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Gale, whose wounds have largely healed thanks to Katniss’s mother’s nursing, stops by Katniss’s house regularly to teach her how to build snares and traps.... (full context)
Chapter 14
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...of the two tributes for that year, and Katniss catches a glimpse of her own mother as a young woman—Katniss thinks that she’s very beautiful. In the clip, Haymitch’s name is... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...Finnick is saving Peeta’s life by blowing air into his lungs. She remembers seeing her mother performing similar actions as a nurse. (full context)