Analysis Of The Dystopian Book Divergent, By Veronica Roth

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The dystopian novel Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, is set in the futuristic city of Chicago, featuring a 16 year old girl named Beatrice Prior, who eventually renames herself to ‘Tris.’ Tris struggles to identify herself to one single faction out of five. Those five factions are Dauntless (the brave), Abnegation (the selfless), Candor (the honest), Erudite (the intelligent), and Amity (the peaceful). An aptitude test that is supposed to give her pointers as to where she would like to live and who to be, comes back inconclusive; meaning she has character traits that do not fit into just one faction, but many. An inconclusive test result means that she is Divergent. The many difficult and rebellious decisions Tris had to conceive, after the testing day, transformed her from the Abnegation outcast she once was, to the fearless Dauntless citizen she now is. Initially, Tris is faced with countless reminders of how she is unlike the other Abnegation citizens, making the decision to leave the faction she was born into (and be with people she relates to) or stay (and live in a faction she does not belong in) harder than she would like to admit. She compares herself to her naturally selfless mother, Natalie. “I note how calm she looks and how focused she is. She is well-practiced in the art of losing herself. I can’t say the same for myself” (Roth 1). As her mother is giving her indirect pointers on how to be more selfless her brother, Caleb, is upfront with her, “Just do
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