Study Guide

Divergent Chapter 30

By Veronica Roth

Chapter 30

  • We're in Tris's fear landscape, so this should be fun. 
  • First, we have the birds attacking her, but it's not really about the birds. Tris realized that it's about control, so she fights back with something that makes her feel in control and powerful: a gun.
  • Then we get the glass tank filling with water. She figures out that this is really a fear of not being able to escape, so she cracks the glass.
  • Tris's third fear is about being battered by ocean waves against sharp rocks. Is that another "loss of control" fear? In any case, she runs away from the ocean, which is our solution to all Shmoop's fears: we run away.
  • Her fourth fear is about being burned at the stake like a witch. By Peter. Tris doesn't really tell us what this particular fear symbolizes, but she does make it rain.
  • Problem solved.
  • Her fifth fear is about being kidnapped just like when Peter, Drew, and Al grabbed her. So she hides and calms down, which means she passes the fear.
  • Her sixth fear is sex with Four/Tobias. Yep, you read that right. Tris doesn't feel ready for sex and she's not super comfortable with affection. And she gets over that fear by firmly telling him no because she just wants to kiss.
  • Her seventh fear is having to shoot her family. But instead of shooting them (as she used to do in the simulations), she lets herself get shot instead. So, is that a pass or a fail?
  • The answer to that question will have to wait for the next session of Psych 101.