Fear is a person

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The Challenge

By: Kush Bhalla 477040

Fear is a person's hardest challenge. Veronica Roth's novel, Divergent, takes place in a world divided by factions based on virtues. The main character Tris learns she is Divergent which means she is does not fit into any faction and is not allowed in society. Tris must hide her identity, learn the ways of her chosen faction, and protect her previous faction from an attack. Tris Prior's characteristics drive her to continuously overcome fear. In the novel Divergent by Veronica Roth the main character, Tris, displays three distinct characteristics: bravery, a sense of justice, and a strong will.

Tris displays a great deal of bravery in the course of this story. Tris' most iconic act of bravery is when she is the first initiate to jump into the Dauntless compound. This act gives her merit throughout the novel as she is commonly referred to as the "first jumper."

"In the center of the square is a huge hole in the concrete. I can't see what's at the bottom of it," Tris thinks (Roth 58). This is how Tris describes the first initiation challenge of jumping of a building into a dark hole. This act of bravery is commendable because of the frightening height and the non-assurance of a safe landing due to the hole being black. Also, because Tris' previous faction would never do anything life threatening as the Dauntless do and even previous Dauntless members were fretting the jump. This was not the only time Tris would face fears even the Dauntless were afraid of. Tris climbs to the top of a Ferris wheel to scout where the other team's base is in war games. "It's to climb as high as possible," Tris says (Roth 140). Tris risks her life to win...