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Which characters should be given more credit? (spoilers)

Discuss the June 2014 book of the month Divergent by Veronica Roth. While only Divergent--the first book of the series--is the book of the month, feel free to use this subforum to discuss the rest of the series or to talk about the movies, but make sure not to post spoilers unless noted in the topic title.

Which characters should be given more credit? (spoilers)

Post Number:#1 by The Book Reviewer
» 07 Aug 2015, 06:37

We all love Tris, but some of the more minor characters should also be given huge credit and noticed more for what they did, or what happened to them.

Personally, I would choose Al. Even for the things Al did, other people never seemed to pay attention to how Al was coping. Even Tris ignored him when he was crying himself to sleep. I know if I was thrown into a new place to live, without my parents, with men like Eric as leaders and day after day of pushing your body to its absolute physical and mental limit, I would not be holding up very well. Tris was exceedingly tough, but others, like Al, were not and so they found it difficult to put on a brave face and get on with it.

It may just be that it is not in the Dauntless faction to help the weaker members or look for signs of people not coping, or maybe it was Eric's leadership. Either way, I think Al should not be hated as a character, nor should he be loved for what he did.

What do you think? Do you agree with me about Al, or see him from an entirely different perspective? And which characters do you think should be given more credit?
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Re: Which characters should be given more credit? (spoilers)

Post Number:#2 by courtney8847
» 08 Sep 2015, 21:40

I completely agree! Simply making the choice to go through Dauntless intitiation is a pretty brave choice in itself (they have to jump off a building in the beginning for crying out loud) and even though he made some poor choices, his choice to try to be a part of the bravest faction should give him more credit than he's given.
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Re: Which characters should be given more credit? (spoilers)

Post Number:#3 by kaitykinetic
» 15 Jul 2016, 12:27

I think that, if you use their code (which includes “We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.”) then Al is not brave. He chose to give in and be involved in a horrendous act toward Tris, when even abstaining would have been the "braver" choice. If he had done that, then I would agree that he is a very underrated character.
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Re: Which characters should be given more credit? (spoilers)

Post Number:#4 by fari30
» 08 Aug 2016, 11:51

My absolutely favourite character in Divergent is Uriah and it saddens me that he is so often overlooked. I feel like he's very charismatic and lovely and provides the much-needed smiles and laughter.

SPOILER FOR ALLEGIANT!! While I didn't bat an eyelash when Tris died, I may have shed a tear or two for Uriah. *sniffles*
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