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  2. Divergent: Plot Overview | SparkNotes › lit › divergent
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    Divergent is set in the future, in a dystopian version of Chicago that has been divided into five factions: Abnegation, Candor, Amity, Dauntless, and Erudite. The protagonist and narrator is a sixteen-year-old girl from Abnegation named Beatrice Prior.

    The novel opens with Beatrices mother cutting her hair. Beatrice is worried about the next days aptitude test, which is administered to all sixteen-year-olds and will tell her which of the factions she is best suited for. After the test, she will attend the Choosing Ceremony, where she must decide whether to stay in her familys faction or leave it behind. Beatrice is sure that her brother Caleb will stay in Abnegation, which values selflessness and humility above all else, but she is conflicted. She has a strong desire to join Dauntless, the faction whose members value bravery. Trying to ignore her feelings, she goes in for her aptitude test, which is administered by a Dauntless woman named Tori. Tori injects Beatrice with a serum that initiates a series of simulations to which Beatrice must respond. After the test is over, Tori leaves the room looking concerned. When she returns, she tells Beatrice she is suited for multiple factions, meaning shes whats known as Divergent. Tori warns her not to tell anyone, and Beatrice returns home wondering what her results mean. At dinner that night, she tries to hide her conflicted feelings from her parents and brother. The following day, all the families of sixteen-year-olds attend the Choosing Ceremony. Beatrices entire family is shocked when Caleb picks Erudite. After some hesitation, Beatrice chooses Dauntless. She leaves the building and jumps onto a train with the other initiates, where she meets Christina and Will, who will become her good friends. When they arrive at the Dauntless compound, a boy named Peter insults her. She responds by being the first person to jump into the Pit, Dauntlesss headquarters seven stories below. After a boy named Four helps her up, she introduces herself as Tris. The initiates proceed to the dining hall and Tris meets Eric, the ruthless head trainer of initiates. The next day, Eric tells the trainees that initiation consists of a three-stage ranking process. Those who rank high enough will become members, while the rest will become factionless. Tris vows to succeed and performs well on the first day of stage one, which involves shooting guns at targets. That night, Christina outfits Tris with flattering clothes and makeup, and she gets three birds tattooed on her collarbone to represent her family. Next, the initiates must fight each other in an arena and try to knock each other unconscious. When Christina concedes to her opponent, Eric forces her to hang over a chasm in the Pit for five minutes as punishment. The following day, Tris finds that Peter has spray painted the word Stiff all over her bed. He also beats her in that days fight, sending her to the infirmary. She begins having doubts about her place in her new faction, and her worries intensify during a field trip to the compound wall to learn about Dauntless jobs. Late that night, Eric and Four take the initiates to Navy Pier, an abandoned park in the city, to play capture the flag. As Tris and Four climb a Ferris wheel so they can see where the other team is hiding, Tris realizes shes starting to like him. She leads their team to victory, impressing Four and angering Eric. The following day, Triss friend Al performs badly during a knife-throwing exercise, and Eric orders him to stand in front of the target while others throw knives at him. Tris offers to take Als place, and Four throws knives around her head, nicking her ear. Peter and his friends Molly and Drew continue to torment Tris. After they steal her towel and mock her naked body, she takes revenge by beating Molly up during their assigned fight. Tris finds comfort in her mothers presence on Visiting Day, but the reunion is marred when Wills sister accuses Triss former faction of hoarding food and goods. Taking Tris aside, her mother asks about her rankings and tells her to convince Caleb to research the simulation serum. The conversation makes Tris realize her mother must have come from Dauntless. Back in the dorm, Al puts his arm around Tris, but she rebuffs him. Later that evening, the rankings show that Tris in sixth place and Peter in second. That night, Edward, who placed first, gets stabbed in the eye, presumably by a jealous Peter. Tris is happy for a distraction the next day, when she gets invited to zip line off the top of the Hancock building with the Dauntless-born initiates. In the second stage of initiation, the initiates are injected with a serum that induces a fear simulation. After Triss first simulation, Four informs her she was able to escape the test much faster than anyone else. Still, she is stressed about the tests and angry at Peter, whos been distributing Erudite reports accusing Abnegation of corruption. After another trip to the tattoo parlor, she flirts with a drunken Four. During her next simulation, she escapes the hallucination by manipulating it, leading Four to realize shes Divergent. He warns her not to share her status with anyone. She again talks with Tori, who tells Tris that Dauntless leaders killed her brother when they learned he was Divergent.

    Because shes able to manipulate the simulations, Tris ranks first after stage two, leading Peter to threaten her. One night, as she gets a drink of water in the hallway, she hears Eric talking with an unknown woman about Divergent rebels. Suddenly, shes attacked from behind and taken to the chasm by Peter, Drew, and Al. One of the boys gropes her chest, and Peter nearly drops her over the edge before Four rescues her. As she recovers in Fours private room, he advises Tris to feign weakness to stay safe, and they grow closer.

    During stage three, the initiates are forced to confront all their worst fears in a simulation, but this time everyone knows the scenarios are made up, not just Tris. Tris follows Four up to the fear simulation room, where he sometimes goes to practice facing his phobias. He invites Tris into his simulation, and she learns he has only four fears. One of them is his father Marcus, who is Triss fathers colleague. After Tris helps Four through each scenario, he asks her to call him by his real name, Tobias, and they kiss.

    The following day, Tobias ignores Tris in public, upsetting her. The initiates must go through a sample fear scenario, and Tris panics during hers, causing Tobias to rebuke her. She slaps him and leaves the Dauntless compound to see her brother Caleb in Erudite. When she finds him, he expresses loyalty to Erudite, angering her. She tells him their mother wants him to research the simulation serum, and then is taken by two men to see Jeanine, the Erudite leader. Jeanine asks probing questions about Triss test results, and Tris lies hide her Divergence. Back at Dauntless, when Eric threatens her with punishment for leaving, she and Tobias pretend she was sulking because Tobias rejected her. That night, Tobias takes Tris into the city and shows her that Erudites lights are on, a major rule violation. He has discovered that Erudite is planning a war against Abnegation, though hes not sure how Dauntless is involved. For the final test, each trainee goes through their fear simulation in front of a panel of judges, with the other initiates watching on screens. During Triss simulation, she realizes she needs to feel a sense of control in order to escape. Her creative thinking helps her manage her fears of crows, drowning, burning at the stake, kidnapping, and sex. Lastly, instead of following orders to shoot everyone in her family, she offers to sacrifice her own life. Afterward, Eric congratulates her on passing the test and informs her that all Dauntless members must be fitted with a tracking device. Though shes suspicious, she allows him to inject her with the tracking serum. Back in Tobiass room, Tris expresses her worries about sex, and she and Tobias agree theyre not ready for it. They go to the banquet, where Tris learns shes placed first in the rankings. As she and Tobias kiss, she suddenly realizes the Erudite must be planning to use the tracking devices to control the Dauntless. Tris doesnt have time to share her realization with Tobias, and in the middle of the night, she awakens to find everyone leaving the dorm in a trance. Since shes Divergent, the serum hasnt worked on her, but she follows the group onto a train. There, she discovers Tobias is also awake, meaning hes Divergent too. When they arrive at Abnegation, the Dauntless begin shooting everyone in sight. After she stops Eric from killing Tobias, Tris gets shot in the shoulder. She and Tobias are taken to Jeanine, who explains her plot to take over the government. She injects Tobias with a serum that makes him attack Tris. Hes sent away, while Tris is knocked unconscious. Tris wakes up in a glass box filling slowly with water, just like in her simulations. Before she can drown, her mother appears and saves Triss life. Her mother is killed by Dauntless soldiers shortly afterward, and Tris kills Will in the process of escaping. She finds her father and brother hiding with other Abnegation members, including Marcus, Tobiass father. They treat her wound, then head toward the control room at Dauntless headquarters. Tris leads her family into the Pit, where she finds Peter acting as a guard. Tris forces Peter to lead them to the control room, and her father is killed in the process of helping her. She finds Tobias, still under the influence of Jeanines serum, manning the computer program. They struggle to get each others weapons, and after she lets Tobias take her gun, she pleads with him to see her. He comes out of his trance and stops the computer program. Taking the hard drive with them, they reunite with Caleb and Marcus, then jump on a train heading toward Amity headquarters. Tris notices that Marcus seems interested in the hard drive and wonders what will happen next.

  3. Divergent Summary | GradeSaver › divergent › study-guide
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    Initiation day comes, and Tris goes through her final assessment, a simulation containing each one of her fears that she must conquer, one after another. She's extremely successful and ranks first, becoming an official member of Dauntless. However, she later realizes that in the excitement of the day, the Dauntless leaders injected everyone with a simulation serum that day, calling it a tracking device. She knows they must be lying, and that Erudite will use this serum as a simulation to get Dauntless to fight Abnegation for them.

    That night, everyone in Dauntless wakes up in a sleepwalking trance except Tris; she can resist the simulation because she's Divergent. Tobias can do the same, and they find each other in the crowd while pretending to be sleepwalking just like the others. But when Eric tries to \\"accidentally\\" kill Tobias, the two fight back and are taken to Erudite headquarters, where Jeanine takes Tobias in for simulation testing and sends Tris, who was shot in the shoulder and therefore of no use to her, to be executed. The next morning, Tris is taken to a large tank, similar to the one that appears in her fear simulations, and is to be drowned. However, Tris's mother Natalie rescues her just in time, and takes her to her father and brother. On the way to their hiding place, Mrs. Prior is forced to sacrifice herself in order to ensure that Tris escapes. Tris realizes the only way to stop the killing is to stop the simulation entirely, so she, her father, her brother, and Marcus Eaton head to the Dauntless control room to shut it down. On the way they come across Peter, who bargains with Tris, saying that if she takes him with her, he'll tell her how to get to the control room. Tris's dad is shot and dies along the way. Tris is devastated, but she keeps going, and eventually makes it to the control room where none other than a serum-controlled Tobias is controlling the simulation. After hearing her voice, he is able to fight off the simulation he's under, and the two turn off the computer and take the data so that the Dauntless will not be able to restart it.

    Tris, Tobias, Caleb, Marcus and Peter head out of the city, hoping to find safety in the peaceful Amity compound.

  4. Divergent by Veronica Roth Plot Summary | LitCharts › lit › divergent

    Divergent Summary. The novel takes places in a futuristic version of Chicago, Illinois, in which the population has been split into five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Each faction has a different “persona” and a different role in the city.

  5. Divergent (novel) - Wikipedia › wiki › Divergent_(novel)

    Divergent adds a new layer of complexity with its creation of an illusion of democracy for participants in its fractioned society, with the factions controlled by outside forces. The basis of the social structure in Divergent is that each faction fulfils a role in society. Those who cannot contribute to society are cast aside to become "factionless" and are deprived of access to an identity and resources.

  6. Divergent: Study Guide | SparkNotes › lit › divergent

    Divergent is a novel by Veronica Roth that was first published in 2001. Summary Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and Analysis.

  7. Divergent : Book summary and reviews of Divergent by Veronica ... › bb_briefs › detail

    Book Summary In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue - Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent).

  8. Divergent Short Summary - SummaryStory › divergent › divergent-short-summary

    This is a book by Veronica Roth that explores a dystopian theme based in Chicago. Beatrice Prior is the protagonist, just sixteen years old. In the dystopian Chicago, the population is divided into up to five factions namely; Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless and finally Erudite. Beatrice is from Abnegation.

  9. Divergent Chapters 1-3 Summary and Analysis | GradeSaver › divergent › study-guide

    Summary. Chapter 1. Beatrice Prior's house only has one mirror, and it's hidden behind a sliding panel for all but a few days of the year, when she gets a haircut. As members of the Abnegation faction, her family values selflessness above all else. Dystopian Chicago, where Beatrice lives, is divided into five factions, each of which represents one of the following five virtues: selflessness, peacefulness, honesty, intelligence, and bravery.

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