Divergent

By Veronica Roth

Celine Qi T3 English

Below is the cover for Divergent.


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Summary

In the future, Chicago, Illinois in the pursuit for a utopia, the city split into five sections: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Beatrice Prior, the protagonist, was born in Abnegation which is the faction for the selfless. She finds out that she is defined as a Divergent, and is told that it is a very dangerous position to be in. Having balanced aptitudes for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite, this special teenager decides to spend the rest of her life with Dauntless, the faction for the brave. Soon after she makes it through the harsh initiation and becomes a true Dauntless, her faction leaders and Erudite join together and start a war against Abnegation. The loyal Dauntless, including Tris herself, band together with the survivors in Abnegation in search of refuge in Amity compounds, the peaceful faction.

Genre

Divergent is based off of an imaginary society where life is unpleasant. This type of book has a specific genre identified as dystopian fiction.

Setting

The novel takes place in the city of Chicago during a futuristic time period, where life is divided into five factions.

Sections of the city are now in ruins, and over time Lake Michigan has transformed into a swamp. Abandoned parts of the urban area have become inhabited by the factionless.

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Above pictures what Chicago and Lake Michigan currently look like when the story takes place.


Main Characters

Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Beatrice is the heroine of Divergent. She was born to Andrew and Natalie Prior in the Abnegation faction, but chose to live in Dauntless at the age of sixteen at the Choosing Ceremony. When she and the other Dauntless initiates reach headquarters, she decides to be called Tris rather than her real name. As a fellow Divergent, her personality exhibits traits of three factions (this is rare since the majority of the Divergent only have attributes for two factions).


Tobias "Four" Eaton

Tobias is another Divergent in Dauntless. He is currently eighteen-years old and is the instructor for transferred initiates. He was born in Abnegation to Marcus and Evelyn Eaton, but switched to Dauntless to escape his abusive father. Tobias is more popularly known as Four because he has only four fears. Later on in Divergent, he becomes the love interest for Tris and influences her choices throughout the book.


Jeanine Matthews

Jeanine stars as the antagonist in this novel, and is the leader of Erudite because of her high IQ score. She developed many different simulation serums (when injected with these serums, the individual is not aware that it is simply an illusion), including ones that are able to control the Divergent (the Divergent have the ability to manipulate simulations and know that it isn't reality). Because of this, Jeanine was able to start a large war. This war is more specifically between Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite.


The Five Factions

Each faction is devoted to a characteristic that members must revolve their daily life around. For example, Abnegation children are taught to not self-indulge and are deprived of decorations and colors as an effort to not draw attention.



• Abnegation - Values Selflessness.
• Amity - Values peace.
• Candor - Values honesty.
• Dauntless - Values bravery.
• Erudite - Values intelligence.


• Divergent - Belong to more than one faction. Are determined through their ability to manipulate, resist, or be aware of simulations.
• Factionless - Do not belong to a faction either by choice or because they were kicked out.

Major Events

The Aptitude Test

This test determines what faction a person would be the best match for, but it doesn't force the person to choose their result. The test is taken as a simulation and is separated into different stages. These consecutive stages eliminate one or more factions which then concludes their ideal choice.


In Beatrice's test, only two factions have been ruled out, making her test inconclusive. In an attempt to eliminate more factions, her test administrator altered the simulation and added in another stage. This is when she finds out that she is Divergent, having equal aptitude for Abnegation, Dauntless, and Erudite.

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In the picture above, Tori, Beatrice's administrator, prepares her for the aptitude test.

Initiation Results

In Dauntless, initiation is a brutal process separated into two stages that only allows the Top 10 initiates to become official members. Acts of jealously between initiates have been proven fatal; two stabbed the current top ranking initiate in the eye with a knife, who then dropped out of initiation by choice. Initiates are booted along the way as well.


First, Tris ranked near the bottom for the transferred initiates in the physical stage. Then, during the more mental second stage, she uses her Divergence as an advantage while in simulations. This causes her to rank first out of all the initiates, which makes her a full-fledged Dauntless.

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Above is Tris practicing her combat skills during the first half of initiation, which is also the physical stage.

The Simulation

Every Dauntless was injected with a serum developed by Jeanine Matthews before the war started. In the next morning, everyone except for the Divergent who are not affected by the simulation inducing serum are being controlled by transmitters in the substance. The people are awake, but cannot process what is being seen or heard.


On the day of the starting war, the controlled Dauntless arrive at the Abnegation sector and begin to shoot all members of the other faction. The "sleepwalkers" are not doing this because of free will. They are not aware that they are being controlled, and are receiving orders from the Dauntless computers at headquarters through transmitters. After Tris devises a plan in a safe hideout with others, she manages to wake up Tobias from a simulation designed specifically for the Divergent, whom then stops the simulation using his talent with computers.

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In the picture above, the controlled Dauntless army raids the Abnegation sector.

Songs

The Showdown - "We Die Young"

This song is from Veronica Roth's Divergent Playlist, and is the theme song for Dauntless.


The Showdown-We Die Young

Placebo - "Running Up That Hill"

This song is from Veronica Roth's Divergent Playlist, and the tone of this song matches the majority of the book's tone.


Placebo - Running Up That Hill LYRICS

Flyleaf - "Arise"

This song is from Veronica Roth's Divergent Playlist, and matches the ending of the book.


Flyleaf - Arise [Lyrics]
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