The Hunger Games flower symbolisation


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  • Katniss' father teaches her that 'finding herlself' will prevent her from ever starving.
  • Katniss looks for Primrose, her younger sister.
  • Katniss refers to the flower as 'not looking like much, but boiled or baked are as good as any potato". This is almost saying that when she is put into a pressured situation (like boiling a Katniss flower) she just as capable as anyone else. She also mentions that the flower's leaves are 'like arrowheads' and similarly, Katniss herself is a talented archer.
  • Primrose insists on naming her kitten Buttercup.
  • Primrose is Katniss' weak spot as although she is a very logical and unemotional person, she will do anything to protect her younger sister. A primrose flow symbolises eternal love and being unable to live without, this is reflected with Katniss' love for Prim and foreshadows the reaping.
  • After peeta throws her bread, Katniss sees Dandelions.
  • Prim insists that her cat's 'muddy yellow coat matched the bright yellow flower' however Katniss very much disagrees. It portrays how Prim sees something viewed as ugly as a beautiful flower, symbolising lightness and joy. The author does this to reflect Prim's positivity, in how she sees the best in everyone and exaggerate Katniss' negativity, practicality and lack of emotion.
  • When Katniss' father passes away, she is able to scavenge for dandelions to feed her starving family. Later in the novel, when she is once again on the verge of starvation, Peeta Mellark throws her bread giving her hope of survival. She says that the dandelion 'reminded me that was not doomed' implying that in both situations it represented the return of hope.
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