Mockingjay

Primrose (Prim) Everdeen Character Analysis

Katniss’s beloved younger sister, the person for whom she risked her life by entering the Hunger Games before the events of Catching Fire. Katniss spends time with Primrose (Prim) in a bomb shelter while the government is bombing District 13. Here, Prim proves herself to be intelligent and insightful, pointing out that President Coriolanus Snow is using Peeta to manipulate Katniss. Prim’s death by a double bomb devastates Katniss and plays a major role in her actions in the final three chapters of the book.

Primrose (Prim) Everdeen Quotes in Mockingjay

The Mockingjay quotes below are all either spoken by Primrose (Prim) Everdeen or refer to Primrose (Prim) Everdeen. 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 3 Quotes

"It's just...Peeta. I'm afraid if we do win, the rebels will execute him as a traitor.”
Prim thinks this over. "Katniss, I don't think you understand how important you are to the cause. Important people usually get what they want. If you want to keep Peeta safe from the rebels, you can."

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Primrose (Prim) Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark
Page Number: 34
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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
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Chapter 14 Quotes

It's only now that he's been corrupted that I can fully appreciate the real Peeta. Even more than I would've if he'd died. The kindness, the steadiness, the warmth that had an unexpected heat behind it. Outside of Prim, my mother, and Gale, how many people in the world love me unconditionally?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark, Gale Hawthorne, Primrose (Prim) Everdeen, Katniss’s mother
Page Number: 195
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Chapter 17 Quotes

We spend a couple of hours quizzing each other on military terms. I visit my mother and Prim for a while. When I'm back in my compartment, showered, staring into the darkness, I finally ask, "Johanna, could you really hear him screaming?" "That was part of it," she says. "Like the jabberjays in the arena. Only it was real. And it didn't stop after an hour. Tick, tock." "Tick, tock," I whisper back. Roses. Wolf mutts. Tributes. Frosted dolphins. Friends. Mockingjays. Stylists. Me. Everything screams in my dreams tonight.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Johanna Mason (speaker), Peeta Mellark, Primrose (Prim) Everdeen, Katniss’s mother
Page Number: 245
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Chapter 24 Quotes

First I get a glimpse of the blond braid down her back. Then, as she yanks off her coat to cover a wailing child, I notice the duck tail formed by her untucked shirt. I have the same reaction I did the day Effie Trinket called her name at the reaping. At least, I must go limp, because I find myself at the base of the flagpole, unable to account for the last few seconds. Then I am pushing through the crowd, just as I did before. Trying to shout her name above the roar. I'm almost there, almost to the barricade, when I think she hears me. Because for just a moment, she catches sight of me, her lips form my name. And that's when the rest of the parachutes go off.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Effie Trinket, Primrose (Prim) Everdeen
Related Symbols: The Double Bomb
Page Number: 347
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Primrose (Prim) Everdeen Character Timeline in Mockingjay

The timeline below shows where the character Primrose (Prim) Everdeen appears in Mockingjay. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
...Gale was able to save many people, including his mother, Katniss’s mother, and Katniss’s sister, Primrose (Prim). (full context)
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
As Katniss walks through her old home, she notices Buttercup, Prim’s beloved cat. Quickly, she calls Buttercup and carries her away from the house. Gale tells... (full context)
Chapter 2
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
...in their rooms for “reflection”—a half hour of free time for all citizens before dinner. Prim is delighted to see that Katniss has retrieved Buttercup from District 12. They are about... (full context)
Chapter 3
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
...home in District 13. It is late at night, and Katniss’s mother and her sister Primrose are both asleep. Katniss gets out of bed and surveys her possessions: plain, grey clothes,... (full context)
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
...been good to her—they’ve saved her life and helped her and her family. Katniss’s sister, Primrose, points out that Katniss has huge “bargaining power” with Coin and the other rebel leaders.... (full context)
Chapter 10
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
...to wait in her bunker for further instructions, and she assumes that her mother and Prim are on their way. Shortly thereafter they both arrive, along with Buttercup. (full context)
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
...with her sister. Since her first Hunger Games, Katniss hasn’t been spending much time with Prim. (full context)
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
Katniss talks with Prim. Prim asks Katniss how she’s “managing,” and Katniss, eager to have someone to talk to,... (full context)
Chapter 13
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
For the next several days, Prim and Katniss’s mother take care of her in the hospital, feeding her soft foods and... (full context)
Chapter 14
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
...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 direction: giving him calming... (full context)
Chapter 24
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
...to take care of the children. Katniss realizes that one of the sympathetic people is Prim, her own sister. Then she watches, horrified, as a second, more powerful bomb goes off,... (full context)
Chapter 26
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
...Katniss into battle, knowing that this decision would endanger Katniss. She also must have sent Prim to fight, though Prim was only 13 years old. Too many of Katniss’s friends have... (full context)
Revolution and Its Problems Theme Icon
The Power and Danger of Symbols Theme Icon
Role-Playing, Authenticity, Television, and the Self Theme Icon
Compassion, Callousness, and Revenge Theme Icon
Trauma and Love Theme Icon
...The vote comes down to Haymitch and Katniss. Katniss votes for the Hunger Games, “for Prim,” and Haymitch agrees with her. Thus, the vote passes, and Coin announces that the Hunger... (full context)