The Hunger Games

Primrose Everdeen Character Analysis

Prim is Katniss’s little sister. With blonde hair and blue eyes—rare in their area of District 12—Prim is young, innocent, and not as strong or independent as Katniss. Katniss is fiercely protective of her. Against the odds, Prim’s name is picked at her first reaping when she’s twelve years old. Katniss volunteers to take her place in the Games.

Primrose Everdeen Quotes in The Hunger Games

The The Hunger Games quotes below are all either spoken by Primrose Everdeen or refer to Primrose 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer 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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I protect Prim in every way I can, but I’m powerless against the reaping. The anguish I always feel when she’s in pain wells up in my chest and threatens to register on my face. I notice her blouse has pulled out of her skirt in the back again and force myself to stay calm. “Tuck your tail in, little duck,” I say, smoothing the blouse back in place.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Primrose Everdeen
Page Number: 15
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Chapter 2 Quotes

But a shift has occurred since I stepped up to take Prim’s place, and now it seems I have become someone precious. At first one, then another, then almost every member of the crowd touches the three middle fingers of their left hand to their lips and holds it out to me. It is an old and rarely used gesture of our district, occasionally seen at funerals. It means thanks, it means admiration, it means goodbye to someone you love.

Related Characters: Katniss Everdeen (speaker), Primrose Everdeen
Page Number: 24
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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
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Primrose Everdeen Character Timeline in The Hunger Games

The timeline below shows where the character Primrose Everdeen appears in The Hunger Games. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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Katniss wakes up on the morning of the reaping to find that her little sister, Prim, has moved to their mother’s bed in the middle of the night. Prim’s ugly cat,... (full context)
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...gets dressed. She grabs her forage bag and retrieves a piece of goat cheese that Prim has left for her under a bowl, and then Katniss steps outside. Katniss’s family lives... (full context)
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...in anything other than small talk. She even avoids discussing her opinions at home, where Prim might hear her and start repeating her words. (full context)
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...in the Seam has straight black hair, olive skin, and gray eyes. Katniss’s mother and Prim, however, are exceptions, with light hair and blue eyes. This is because Katniss’s mother’s parents... (full context)
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...their respective homes. When Katniss arrives at her house, she finds that her mother and Prim are already ready, with Prim wearing Katniss’s first reaping outfit, a skirt and ruffled blouse.... (full context)
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Katniss attempts to comfort Prim, who is attending her first reaping. Even though the odds are in Prim’s favor, she’s... (full context)
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...be called. As it turns out, her name isn’t the one called—instead, it’s her sister, Prim. (full context)
Chapter 2
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...struggled to breathe for several moments afterwards. She feels the same way now, shocked that Prim’s name has been called for the reaping, even though she only had one entry in... (full context)
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Katniss runs to Prim just as she is about to mount the steps and shouts that she will volunteer... (full context)
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Prim begins screaming hysterically, and Katniss gruffly tells her to let go—Katniss doesn’t want to reveal... (full context)
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Katniss quickly shoved the loaves under her shirt and returned home, where Prim and her mother were. The three of them devoured an entire loaf with mint tea.... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...where they wait for their loved ones to visit and say goodbye. Katniss’s mother and Prim arrive first and wrap Katniss up in a hug. After a few moments, Katniss begins... (full context)
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...usually never afford. As he leaves, he tells Katniss that he’ll keep an eye on Prim and make sure she’s eating. (full context)
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...District 5, and most upsettingly, a twelve-year-old girl from District 11 who reminds Katniss of Prim. No one volunteers for this girl, however. Then the recap of the reaping in District... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...the time that Peeta helped save her family from starvation. On that day, Katniss brought Prim with her into the Meadow where they picked a bucket full of dandelion greens, stems,... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Katniss serves herself breakfast and eats while thinking about what Prim and her mother might be doing back home. She wonders whether the opening ceremony gave... (full context)
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...from District 11. She follows them 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... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...her costume, twirling for the audience. The interview concludes with Katniss repeating her promise to Prim, that she will try extremely hard to win. (full context)
Chapter 15
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The tracker jacker venom causes Katniss to have nightmares about Prim and her father getting hurt, as well as having her own body torn apart. Once... (full context)
Chapter 18
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...feels groggy and unwilling to move, but she remembers that she must continue on for Prim’s sake. Katniss hunts some more birds, building a fire to attract the other contestants, but... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...good memories that involve Gale, but then she decides to talk about how she bought Prim’s goat. She changes the facts in order to keep her friends from District 12 safe,... (full context)