Mockingjay

Plutarch Heavensbee Character Analysis

Plutarch Heavensbee is a double agent who seemed to be working for the government headed by President Coriolanus Snow, but in actuality is loyal to the rebels. A former resident of the Capitol of Panem (and Head Gamemaker of the Hunger Games), Plutarch is used to a pampered, luxurious life, and he finds it difficult to adjust to the spartan lifestyle common in District 13. Although Plutarch proves himself highly useful to the rebel cause many times—stealing government information that allows a rebel team to infiltrate the Capitol, for instance—Katniss believes that Plutarch is expendable to the rebel cause, and warns him that President Alma Coin won’t hesitate to kill him if the need arises.

Plutarch Heavensbee Quotes in Mockingjay

The Mockingjay quotes below are all either spoken by Plutarch Heavensbee or refer to Plutarch Heavensbee. 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Scholastic Press edition of Mockingjay published in 2014.
Chapter 10 Quotes

If you panic, it could spread like wildfire," explains Plutarch. I just stare at him. "Fire is catching, so to speak," he continues, as if I'm being slow on the uptake. "Why don't I just pretend I'm on camera, Plutarch?" I ask.
"Yes! Perfect. One is always much braver with an audience," he says.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Plutarch Heavensbee (speaker)
Page Number: 140
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Plutarch Heavensbee Character Timeline in Mockingjay

The timeline below shows where the character Plutarch Heavensbee appears in Mockingjay. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Katniss is standing with Plutarch Heavensbee, the former lead gamemaker of the Hunger Games, who has pretended to be working... (full context)
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...various people waiting in a hovercraft give her directions via her headset. These people include Plutarch, Plutarch’s assistant Fulvia Cardew, and Alma Coin, the president of District 13. Coin is about... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...Gale is prevented from walking any further. Katniss walks inside, and is surprised to find Plutarch, Coin, and the other leaders, staring at a television. The screen shows an interview between... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Katniss meets with Plutarch and Coin, and tells them that she’s prepared to be the Mockingjay, with a few... (full context)
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Katniss is surprised with Plutarch and Coin’s willingness to manipulate her public appearance, but since they’ve agreed to allow Gale... (full context)
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Plutarch proceeds with briefing Katniss on her duties as Mockingjay. He shows Katniss a small sketchbook,... (full context)
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Fulvia and Plutarch continue to “prep” Katniss for her duties. Fulvia tells Katniss and Gale to follow her,... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...always been kind and gentle to her, would mistreat his own coworkers. Even Fulvia and Plutarch seem confused. (full context)
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...continued to do so. Nevertheless, Katniss yells at the guard to release the prep team. Plutarch urges him to do so as well, adding that he’ll take full responsibility. The guard... (full context)
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...she examines the prep team and concludes that they’ll be all right. Meanwhile, Fulvia and Plutarch arrive at the hospital. Katniss points out that Coin is sending a message to all... (full context)
Chapter 5
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...prep team goes to work dressing Katniss. Afterwards, she’s led to an enormous soundstage, where Plutarch is waiting, along with Fulvia and Finnick Odair. Katniss notices a television screen, showing a... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...explains how Haymitch convinced the rebel leaders of Katniss’s limitations. Katniss enters Command, along with Plutarch, Fulvia, Gale, and her prep team. She’s surprised to see Haymitch, along with a few... (full context)
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...is for them to send Katniss “out in the field and keep the cameras rolling.” Plutarch seconds this idea, reasoning that they can spread word that Katniss, who is supposedly pregnant... (full context)
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Plutarch briefs Katniss, who’s accompanied by Gale, on her mission. There are multiple wars going on... (full context)
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Plutarch wishes Katniss good luck on her mission. Before he returns to the rebel stronghold, he... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...mustn’t be spotted, and that the rebels will retrieve her as soon as they can. Plutarch tells Katniss that there is a small blue house with a bunker, not too far... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Katniss’s mother leaves, and guards wheel Katniss to Command, where she finds Coin, Plutarch, Gale, Fulvia, Cressida, Haymitch, and Boggs. Katniss notices that Boggs has broken his nose in... (full context)
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...on her heroism, but informs her that she risked her life in order to fight. Plutarch points out that the rebels will never get good footage if Katniss goes into a... (full context)
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...Katniss agrees to wear the earpiece at all times. She notes that neither Haymitch nor Plutarch said anything to Coin about Katniss’s disobedience in District 8—Coin thinks that Katniss was following... (full context)
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...Capitol. At the same time, she acknowledges that he has a point—Katniss doesn’t trust Coin, Plutarch, Haymitch, or any of the other rebel leaders. Hurriedly, Finnick turns off the television. He... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...their team. As they land in the Meadow, Katniss notices that Haymitch isn’t present, and Plutarch informs her that Haymitch has been struggling with his alcoholism once again. (full context)
Chapter 11
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...Katniss awakes from her sedative-fueled sleep, she finds Haymitch standing before her. Haymitch explains that Plutarch has decided to put together a crew to rescue Peeta from the Capitol. The volunteers... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...Katniss frantically asks Beetee if there’s a way to reverse the effects of this torture. Plutarch answers that there is no precedent for doing so. (full context)
Chapter 14
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...mission, she’s informed of Peeta’s rehabilitation. Very slowly, he’s being trained to fight his conditioning. Plutarch tells Katniss that Prim came up with the idea of conditioning Peeta in the opposite... (full context)
Chapter 16
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...which she’s weaned off morphling and made to walk, slowly, around the hospital. One day, Plutarch visits her and mentions the phrase “panem et circenses,” which means “Bread and circuses” in... (full context)
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Finnick and Annie are married shortly after Plutarch’s visit. The wedding is small but joyful, and Katniss lends Annie a dress from her... (full context)
Chapter 18
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Katniss, Finnick, and Gale are summoned to Command, where Plutarch shows them what they’ll face in the Capitol. Surrounding the Peacekeepers’ barracks, there is a... (full context)
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...they only targeted the pods they know to be dangerous, the Capitol would realize that Plutarch has the holographic plans to the area. One soldier shoots at a pod that releases... (full context)
Chapter 19
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...crew will add in sound effects—mostly gunfire—later. Katniss and Gale run toward a Pod, which, Plutarch has ascertained, will shoot bullets when it’s triggered. The team shoots at the Pod, and... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Capitol civilians’ allegiance. Snow points out that the bombing aired live, surely the result of Plutarch’s careful planning. (full context)
Chapter 26
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...Effie Trinket, an old Hunger Games organizer, is also present. Venia whispers that Haymitch and Plutarch had to fight with Coin to keep her alive. Gale arrives at Katniss’s house, and... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...arrest. Haymitch explains that Katniss’s trial is over. He takes her into a hovercraft, where Plutarch is sitting, looking very happy. On the hovercraft, Haymitch explains that Katniss’s assassination of Coin... (full context)