Study Guide

Allegiant Family

By Veronica Roth

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Chapter 1: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

My ancestor, and this is the inheritance she passed to me: freedom from the factions, and knowledge that my Divergent identity is more important than I could have known. (1.6)

This statement by Tris almost raises a nature vs. nurture question. Does Tris feel responsible for continuing the work of her ancestors because of genetics or because of the way she was raised by her own parents?

Chapter 7: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Sometimes I forget that Christina isn't like me, with no family loyalty to tie her to one place anymore. She has a mother and a little sister, both former Candor. (7.13)

Christina is pretty much the only character who still has a family, besides Uriah. She's an interesting contrast to Tris, whose parents are dead; Tobias, whose parents are jerks; and Cara, whose brother Tris killed.

Chapter 8: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Why do you care? I ask myself. [Marcus] betrayed you. He didn't try to stop your execution. (8.3)

Tobias only cares because Marcus is his father, and even then, he only barely cares. He didn't choose his father, and if he could, he'd probably choose a father who gave the tiniest little thought to him.

Chapter 10: Tobias
Tobias "Four" Eaton

"She is not your sister," I say. "You betrayed her. You tortured her. You took away the only family she had left." (10.105)

This is Tobias speaking to Caleb. Both Tobias's mother and his father pursue their own interests instead of caring for their son, so he is especially sensitive to—and enraged by—family betrayal. Does betrayal cut family ties?

Chapter 18: Tobias
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Abnegation children rarely know their parents in any significant way. (18.9)

The fact that Tris doesn't really know her parents is a driving factor for her in Allegiant. Her mother's diary wouldn't have been such a big deal if her mother hadn't been so secretive while she was alive. Is it possible to develop a deeper relationship with someone even after they have died?

Chapter 19: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Maybe we'll make a home somewhere inside ourselves, to carry with us wherever we go—which is the way I carry my mother now. (19.89)

You've heard that home is where the heart is. Maybe your heart is where your family is. Wherever they are, that is your home. When they die, you have to find that home inside yourself.

Chapter 22: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Fraught with difficulty as their relationship has been, those ties never really break. They can't possibly. (22.28)

Tris says this about Tobias and his mother, even though she herself feels that her ties with her brother have been broken. Is she not being totally honest, or does she think that ties between parents are stronger than ties between siblings?

"I guess we all decide our children's fates just be making our own life decisions." (22.105)

Tris's question addresses a large theme of the novel: a family definitely influences its children, but how much of it is a result of genetics, and how much of it comes from the way parents raise their children?

Chapter 23: Tobias
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

This is a map of what I've always known, that I am tied to them, bound forever to this empty inheritance no matter how far I run. (23.21)

The family trees serve as an ugly reminder that Tobias will always be a product of his family, even though he despises them. Does family define the characters in this novel? Even fighting against your family means that your actions are being shaped by them.

Chapter 36: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

I don't know how it would feel, to hate your own history and to crave love from the people who gave that history to you at the same time. (36.23)

Tris's parents may be dead, but at least she shared the same ideology with them while they were alive. Tobias can't say the same thing for his parents, who both are ideological opposites of their own son.

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