The Hunger Games

Gale is Katniss’s hunting companion at home. He also lives in the Seam and is responsible for keeping his younger brothers from going hungry. Gale promises to look after Katniss’s family while she’s participating in the Games, and he is probably the person Katniss is most comfortable with when she’s in District 12. Gale is not exactly a love interest of Katniss’s in The Hunger Games, but she is confused about her feelings for him versus those she feels for Peeta.

Gale Quotes in The Hunger Games

The The Hunger Games quotes below are all either spoken by Gale or refer to Gale. 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 1 Quotes

Leave? How could I leave Prim, who is the only person in the world I’m certain I love? And Gale is devoted to his family. We can’t leave, so why bother talking about it?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Gale, Primrose Everdeen
Page Number: 10
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Gale knows his anger at Madge is misdirected. On other days, deep in the woods, I’ve listened to him rant about how the tesserae are just another tool to cause misery in our district. A way to plant hatred between the starving workers of the Seam and those who can generally count on supper and thereby ensure we will never trust one another.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Gale, Madge Undersee
Page Number: 14
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Chapter 8 Quotes

I can’t help comparing what I have with Gale to what I’m pretending to have with Peeta. How I never question Gale’s motives while I do nothing but doubt the latter’s. It’s not a fair comparison really. Gale and I were thrown together by a mutual need to survive. Peeta and I know the other’s survival means our own death. How do you sidestep that?

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Peeta Mellark, Gale
Page Number: 112
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Gale Character Timeline in The Hunger Games

The timeline below shows where the character Gale appears in The Hunger Games. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...only person Katniss feels that she can truly be free with is her hunting partner, Gale. Gale refers to her as Catnip because when the two first met, Katniss whispered her... (full context)
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Gale has brought a loaf of real bakery bread to share on the morning of reaping... (full context)
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As Katniss watches Gale, she notes that their features are so similar, they might be related. Almost everyone in... (full context)
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Gale prepares the food they’ve brought, and they sit back to enjoy the morning and the... (full context)
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Katniss is confused by Gale’s outburst—there’s never been anything romantic between them. They met in the woods when Katniss was... (full context)
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By the end of the morning, Gale and Katniss have a dozen fish, a bag of greens, and a gallon of strawberries.... (full context)
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...families who can survive without tesserae. Katniss now has twenty entries in the reaping, and Gale, who has been single-handedly feeding a family of five for seven years, has forty-two entries,... (full context)
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Gale and Katniss split up the food they’ve gathered and head to their respective homes. When... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...gruffly tells her to let go—Katniss doesn’t want to reveal any weaknesses before the camera. Gale lifts Prim away, and Katniss climbs the steps. Effie announces Katniss and asks for a... (full context)
Chapter 3
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Finally, Gale arrives. He wraps Katniss in his arms and instructs her on what to do once... (full context)
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As Gale is dragged out by the Peacekeepers, he promises that he won’t let Katniss’s family starve.... (full context)
Chapter 6
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Katniss explains that she and Gale had been hunting in the woods one day, hiding as they waited for game to... (full context)
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...statement with a joke about the quality of food. Then he changes the topic to Gale, asking whether he and Katniss are related. Katniss says that they aren’t, and Peeta asks... (full context)
Chapter 8
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In the morning, Katniss imagines what Gale might be doing back home. She recalls the first time she met Gale, around six... (full context)
Chapter 15
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...days have passed. She tastes a honeysuckle, which reminds her of her hunting days with Gale—but suddenly, she’s reminded that Peeta may have saved her life by telling her to run.... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...him a happy story. At first, Katniss can only think of good memories that involve Gale, but then she decides to talk about how she bought Prim’s goat. She changes the... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...imagines that people in District 12 are watching them anxiously at home. Katniss also imagines Gale watching the Games and wonders what he thinks of her and Peeta’s relationship. (full context)
Chapter 22
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...so he has stayed away, and this prompts Katniss to start mentally comparing Peeta and Gale again, as she knows that Gale would view the field as a danger as well... (full context)
Chapter 27
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...in hand. Peeta hands her a bunch of wildflowers, but they only remind Katniss of Gale. Peeta asks her what’s bothering her, but she replies that it’s nothing. At that moment,... (full context)