Beatrice "Tris" Prior

Beatrice "Tris" Prior

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Character Analysis

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Grew up… in what used to be Chicago. Now the lake is a swamp, and the city has been broken into separate factions who espouse different guiding principles. Beatrice grew up in Abnegation, which focuses on serving others, but she never felt she fit in.

Living… in a new faction— Dauntless. Dauntless members live without fear and are supposed to embody braveness. They’re the only ones who ride the elevated trains, and they guard the city from an unspecified threat. Upon entering the faction, Beatrice changed her name to Tris.

Profession… Dauntless member-in-training. If she doesn’t make it through training, she’ll be factionless— forced to the edges of society and fit for only menial labor. Unfortunately, there are more initiates than there are spaces for full-fledged members in her new faction. As a result, Tris has to fight the other initiates and overcome her own fears to succeed.

Interests… learning how to blend in with Dauntless. Lots of it comes easily. Tris loves the whacky Dauntless stunts– like jumping off moving trains and leaping off buildings. And true to faction tradition, she’s also collecting a number of tattoos.

Relationship Status… single, for now. Ever since Tris arrived, she’s been drawn to one of her Dauntless mentors, a mysterious man named Four. Four also seems interested, but she's currently too busy trying to survive.

Challenge… surviving Dauntless training and concealing the fact that she’s a Divergent. When Tris was tested to determine which faction she belonged to, the results were inconclusive. She was warned never to tell anyone about it. But something is brewing, and it might just force her to discover why being Divergent is so dangerous.

Personality… brave and intelligent. Coming from Abnegation, Tris combines the elements of her old faction and her new one. She’s determined to succeed, but she still cares about the people around her and will stand up for them. Tris might be occasionally insecure about where she belongs, but she's willing to do anything for her future. As she puts it, “People tend to overestimate my character. They think that because I'm small, or a girl, or a Stiff, I can't possibly be cruel. But they're wrong.”


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