Divergent Book Report Essay
Divergent is a novel by Veronica Roth. This story happens in Chicago in the future. The city is separated into 5 factions based on personality traits. The factions are Abnegation(selflessness), Erudite(intelligence), Candor(Honesty), Dauntless(bravery), and Amity(peaceful). One day every year, all sixteen-year-olds take a personality test that will tell them which faction they are going to be in. After getting the results of their test, they have to decide if they want to stay with their family or go to a new faction.
Beatrice Prior is 16 and was born into an Abnegation family, but selflessness does not match her personality like it does her brother, Caleb. When Beatrice has to take her aptitude test, the results are strange: instead of matching neatly into one faction, she shows equal scores for three factions: Abnegation, Erudite, and Dauntless. This makes her “Divergent” and she is told to never to tell this information to anyone because if she does they will kill her. Even for a Divergent, it is very rare to have results that match with three factions. Even though she is a Divergent, it’s unusual to have results with three factions.
When she is going home from the test, she runs into a factionless man who grabs her hand and scares her. She starts to feel nervous because she doesn’t want to end up like him and is worried about risking her normal life and failing. On Choosing Day, Beatrice surprises everyone by making the decision to leave Abnegation and join Dauntless, and her brother Caleb chooses Erudite. She instantly leaves to join Dauntless. Beatrice renames herself Tris when she reaches the Dauntless compound to not sound like such a “good girl” becomes good friends with other transfers, Christina, Al, and Will.
Another transfer, Peter, immediately starts trying to antagonize her because he does not believe Tris is good enough to be in Dauntless. They have to rank in the top ten at the end of initiation, or they will be dropped from dauntless and become factionless. Initiation is separated into three stages. The first is about learning how to handle guns and knives and doing hand-to-hand combat. Even though Tris is physically weaker than most of the initiates, she finishes the stage in sixth place. Peter is jealous of the first-place finisher, Edward, and decides to get revenge by stabbing Edward in the eye with a knife.
Tris is just after Molly in the rankings, which is because the time when Tris came into the dorm with only a towel and Peter pulled it off and started making fun of her. Tris wants to fight Peter, but she fights Molly instead and ends up quickly beating her. She almost beats Molly to death, Tris keeps fighting because of her anger towards Molly for tormenting her. The Erudite starts to cause anger towards Abnegation among the factions by releasing false reports about the Abnegation leaders, who run the city government.
Peter, Molly and Drew, give Tris because she came from Abnegation. The reports say that Tris’s and Caleb’s mom and dad raised them wrong because they both switched factions, the Abnegation gave away the city’s food by sharing it with the factionless. Tris begins to become friends with the Dauntless-born initiates, their names are Uriah, Lynn, and Marlene. Stage two puts the initiates into simulations, just like during the tests they took in the beginning, but in this one they encounter their worst fears and are tested by how quickly they can calm down.
Because Tris is Divergent, she can see that she is under a simulation while others do not, and she can even mess with the system. She is warned again to never tell anyone that she’s Divergent, because anyone who is Divergent gets killed by faction leaders. At the end of the stage, Tris is in first place in front of the other the initiates. That night, Peter, Drew, and Al attack Tris and try to throw her into the chasm at Dauntless headquarters. Four stops them just in time and rescues her. Al begs Tris’s forgiveness, but she refused the apology, causing him to kill himself by jumping into the chasm.
Tris enters her fear landscape for her final test, where she has to face seven fears: getting eaten alive by crows, drowning while trapped in a glass tank, drowning in the ocean, being burned at the stake by Peter, being kidnapped by bad guys, having sex with Tobias thinking that he only wants her because of her body, and being forced to shoot her own family. After her test, Tris is given a shot of a new serum that the leaders say tracks people in case they ever go missing. The final rankings are put up, and Tris is first.
In the middle of celebration, Tris realizes that the serum is how the Erudite will force the Dauntless to carry out the attack on Abnegation The plan is executed that night; the serum causes a simulation and all of the Dauntless turn into mindless soldiers, hypnotized into attacking Abnegation. The serum does not work on Tris or Tobias because they’re Divergent. They try to escape but then get caught and brought to Jeanine, the leader of the Erudites. She injects Tobias with a new serum that affects the Divergent.
She sends Tris to her death, while Tobias is transported back to the control room to run the attack because he is so good with computers. Tris gets locked inside of a glass tank like the one in her fear landscape, but her mother, who is a former Dauntless who is revealed also to be Divergent, saves her. As they escape, Tris’s mother is shot and killed, and Tris is subsequently forced to kill Will, who attacks her while he is under the influence of the simulation. She finds her father, Caleb, and Marcus, and the group heads back to Dauntless to stop the simulation.
Though her father is also killed along the way, Tris finds the control room and encounters Tobias, under the influence of a simulation that causes him to attack her. Tris cannot overpower Tobias, but she refuses to kill him and surrenders. This breaks through Four’s simulation, and the two are able to shut down the Erudite simulation and free the remaining Dauntless from their mind control. They join Caleb and Marcus, as well as Peter, who had helped Tris find the control room in exchange for his safety. The group then boards a train to the Amity sector to find the rest of the Abnegation survivors,