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Significance Of Plants In The Hunger Games

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Primrose Everdeen
In the novel Primrose, or Prim for short, is quite a prominent character, she is the sister of the narrator and heroine of the book; Katniss. Prim is 12 years old and lives in the seam of district 12 with her mother and sister, she has a pet Cat; Buttercup, and Pet Goat that she uses for milk; Lady. Although Primrose is not just the name of this female character but it is also the name of a flower.
Plant profile - Primrose (or Primula vulgaris) is native to western and southern Europe, north-west Africa and south-east Asia. It is a delicately scented, pretty, pale yellow flower with five petals. Primrose flowers in the early spring and is one of the first flowers to ...view middle of the document...

It has medicinal benefits such as curing (or aiding to cure) insomnia, headaches, PMS, migraine pains, congestion, coughs, bloating, asthma, cholesterol regulation, inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, lupus, scleroderma, problems caused by diabetes, cirrhosis of the liver and the plants oil can help with skin conditions such as dry skin, rashes, itchiness, acne and overall skin health in general.

Significance of plants mentioned in The Hunger Games Novel

Rue
Rue is first introduced to us in the book when Katniss and Peeta are replaying the reaping’s and she comes up during the reaping for district 11, Katniss thought that it was horrible a small twelve year old girl was chosen as tribute and no one volunteered to replace her. Rue and Katniss later become friends and allies in the game when they help each other defeat the careers. The plant Rue also grows in ‘the meadow’ an area outside Katniss’s house on the outskirts of district 12.
Plant profile – Rue (or Ruta graveolens) is native to the Balkan Peninsula, but is now grown all over the world as an ornamental plant in peoples gardens. It has bright yellow flowers, green-blue leaves and a very strong, sweet aromatic fragrance. Rue is a very tolerant plant and can withstand hot and dry soil conditions.
Rue Symbolism – Rue is most commonly known as the plant of regret, this is thought to be because of the very bitter taste of the flowers, since after you take a bite you regret it due to the horrid taste. This is also where the verb ‘rue’ (to regret) originated from. Rue is also sometimes known as the herb of grace in many literary works; such as Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’. Some other symbolic meanings of the plant include patience, endurance, virginity, and repentance. In Greek mythology, the basilisk, whose breath would cause plants to wilt ant stones to crack, but this creature had no effect on Rue, it would withstand the breath of the Basilisk and then weasels that were bitten by the basilisk would retreat in the Rue’s leaves to recover and later return to fight.
Herbalism and Medicinal uses – Rue is often grown as a medicinal herb, condiment and sometimes is even used as an insect repellent. Rue is used for digestion problems including loss of appetite, upset stomach, and diarrhoea. It is also used for heart and circulation problems including heart palpitations and arteriosclerosis. Some people use rue for breathing problems including pain and coughing due to swelling around the lungs. Rue is also used for other painful conditions such as arthritis, headaches, cramps, and muscle spasms; and for nervous system problems including nervousness, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and Bell's palsy. In some foods and beverages Rue can be used -in very small quantities due to bitterness- to add flavour.

Significance of plants mentioned in The Hunger Games Novel

Katniss Everdeen
Katniss is by far the most important character in the book, for she...

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