Divergent Major Character Analysis

Veronica Roth


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Divergent Major Character Analysis

Beatrice/Tris Prior

Beatrice Prior is a 16-year-old girl who serves as the novel’s protagonist and narrator. She has grown up in Abnegation but never felt that she belongs there. She knows that it must look ideal from the outside, but she finds its uniformity stifling and feels that she is not sufficiently selfless to be a member of this faction.

This is a topic that is on her mind at the start of the novel, as she is at the age when she is due to take an aptitude test to determine which faction she is best suited to. This test is intended to provide guidance, but it is at the choosing ceremony that she must make her final decision. She can either remain in her native faction with her family, or transfer to one of the other four factions. As she loves her family, this is not an easy decision.

However, Beatrice’s aptitude test results prove puzzling: the test is intended to rule out factions systematically until one is left. Unusually, Beatrice’s results are contradictory, and suggest three options: Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. Erudite frequently criticize Abnegation, and she knows that she would never join that faction. Her remaining choices, then, are Abnegation and Dauntless.

This is not all that the test has revealed, though, as the fact that Beatrice has received this unusual result indicates that she is Divergent. It is made clear to her that she must keep this result a secret and that Divergence is seen as dangerous, but it is only later that she learns why.

On her day of choosing, Beatrice is surprised when her brother chooses to transfer. This reinforces her own decision to leave Abnegation; in her case, for Dauntless. Beatrice renames herself Tris and proceeds to throw herself into the initiation, quickly making friends in the process. However, some of the other initiates single her out as a target, as she is a former “Stiff” (a member of Abnegation) and has a youthful appearance and small frame.

Beatrice is quick to anger and often loses her temper when other initiates taunt her. She relishes the prospect…

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