If Allegiant were a bad 80s movie, it might end with Tris's spirit hovering in the sky, like in this awkward family pet portrait (Tris would be the cat), while the song "That's What Friends Are For" played in the background.
Okay, luckily, this novel was not written in the 1980s.
But seriously Shmoopers, the novel makes a lot of pointed statements about friendship—at least ten of them included in the "Quotes" section—and the ending drives home the fact that in the world post-apocalypse, friends are a commodity as priceless as food, water, or cheesy pop music.
Questions About Friendship
- Who are Tris's true friends? Why have they stuck together for so long?
- Can friendship heal Tobias's emotional wounds, as Christina suggests at the end of the novel?
- Does the elimination of the faction system make it easier to make friends, or more difficult?
Chew on This
Tris learns to look beyond the faction system and see who people really are, not just how they're labeled.
Tobias can't really appreciate friendship until he starts understanding and stops doubting himself. Until then, he pushes people away.