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Analysis


Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Setting

If you've ever been to Chicago, you'll recognize the landmarks of the city, though they've all been tweaked a bit:When the Dauntless go to play Capture the Flag paintball, Tris climbs the Ferris wh...

Narrator Point of View

They could've just titled this book "Beatrice" considering how tightly the story is told from her perspective. (To be fair, it is titled Divergent and that's almost the same thing as naming the boo...

Genre

Young Adult LiteratureNot only is Tris a young adult, but also she's dealing with some classic issues of young adulthood: choosing a life path, separating from her family, realizing that her parent...

Writing Style

Tris Thoughts "Stream of consciousness" is when we get the unfiltered thoughts of some character. Usually, that's a pretty complicated and confusing style. You have lots of run-on sentences, senten...

What's Up With the Title?

Divergent isn't the kind of word you throw around every day. When was the last time you said, "Hey, we're going over to Andrew's house to be divergent"? Probably never. Because divergent is a sligh...

What's Up With the Ending?

After Tris ruins Jeanine's plan to use the Dauntless against the Abnegation (and has evidence of that plan), Tris and friends jump on a train heading out towards the Amity compound. And we're using...

Tough-o-Meter

The hardest part of this book is probably the word "Abnegation," but you'll get used to it. Exposure therapy and all that jazz. Tris mostly tells her story in plain-jane prose. For instance, using...
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