Study Guide

Allegiant Friendship

By Veronica Roth

Friendship

Chapter 8: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

It's strange to see my Dauntless friends in Abnegation colors, as if they've been with me my entire life. Sometimes it feels that way anyway. (8.28)

Tobias realizes that true friendship isn't dependent on how long you've known a person. Time is relative. You can feel like you've had a connection forever with a person you just met.

Chapter 15: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

I'm wondering […] if we even really need these words, "Dauntless," "Erudite," Divergent," "Allegiant," or if we can just be friends or lovers or siblings, defined instead by the choices we make and the love and loyalty that binds us. (15.94)

Tris comes up with this idea as she realizes that she and Cara are actually friends, despite the fact that Cara is (was) "Erudite." With that word erased, Tris can finally see Cara for the person she truly is, and appreciate her for her strengths.

Chapter 22: Tris

"Your father was a good friend of Jeanine Matthews." (22.38)

It's hard to imagine that Jeanine even had friends, and even more difficult to see her being friends with Tris's dad. What do you think the two saw in each other? A shared passion for decoupage or scrapbooking?

Chapter 24: Tris

"Not every friendship turns into a romance." (24.10)

Tris assumes that because Christina and Uriah are close, they must be getting to third base. But they're not. (At least, not yet.) Do you think Christina and Uriah would have formed a romance if he hadn't died? (Sorry, Uriah.) Or would they have just stayed friends?

Chapter 29: Tobias

"[Uriah's] one of the last friends I have," [Tris] says, her voice breaking. "I don't know if I'll ever be able to look at you the same way again." (29.44)

Over the course of Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant, Tris loses many friends. She knows that friendship is a finite resource, like water or Twinkies, and that makes it really difficult for her to cope with Uriah's death. A good friend cannot easily be replaced.

Chapter 34: Tris

"So you and Tobias were good friends?" "Is anyone good friends with him?" (34.103-34.104)

Amar raises an interesting question. Tobias has a lot of people he spends time with, but are any of them actually his friends? If he keeps so much of himself private, can he ever have true friendships with someone?

Chapter 39: Tris
Christina

"Sometimes I just feel like I've lost all my friends," [Christina] says. "You haven't lost Cara," [Tris] say[s]. "Or Tobias. And Christina, you haven't lost me. You'll never lose me." (39.61)

We talked about the "friendship as a finite resource" thing above. When your number of friends has dwindled down to single digits, life can be hard. But Tris tries to remind Cara that even one good friend makes life worth living.

Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Our friendship has held up under an incredible weight, the weight of me shooting someone she loved, the weight of so many losses. Other bonds would have broken. For some reason, this one hasn't. (39.62)

Why do you think Christina and Tris remain such close friends, even after everything Tris does that affects Christina... like that time she shot her boyfriend?

Chapter 47: Tris
Beatrice "Tris" Prior

I don't belong to Abnegation, or Dauntless, or even the Divergent […] I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me—they, and the love and loyalty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could. (47.20)

This is a big step for Tris, who always picked her friends based on their faction and didn't seem to even consider being friends with someone in a different faction. By the end of the novel, she knows that she can be friends with people based on their individual traits and personalities, not based on how society labels them.

Epilogue: Two and a Half Years Later
Tobias "Four" Eaton

Now, I am also learning this: We can be mended. We mend each other. (Epilogue.123)

Tobias (who, as we mentioned, has a little friendship problem) realizes at the end that his friends are the only way he can cope with Tris's death. He can't be an island, trying to do everything himself. He has to learn to lean on people.