Divergent

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A Dauntless recruit who struggles with many of the physical and psychological challenges of the training process. Although Al is at first grateful to Beatrice Prior for encouraging him and protecting him, he begins to resent Beatrice for making him look weaker and more incompetent. Al turns on Beatrice, even assisting Peter in trying to kill her. Ultimately, Al is unable to forgive himself for trying to hurt Beatrice—he kills himself from throwing himself into a chasm.

Al Quotes in Divergent

The Divergent quotes below are all either spoken by Al or refer to Al . For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Katherine Tegen Books edition of Divergent published in 2011.
Chapter 23 Quotes

Somewhere inside me is a merciful, forgiving person. Somewhere there is a girl who tries to understand what people are going through, who accepts that people do evil things and that desperation leads them to darker places than they ever imagined. I swear she exists, and she hurts for the repentant boy I see in front of me. But if I saw her, I wouldn’t recognize her. “Stay away from me,” I say quietly. My body feels rigid and cold, and I am not angry, I am not hurt, I am nothing. I say, my voice low, “Never come near me again.” Our eyes meet. His are dark and glassy. I am nothing. “If you do, I swear to God I will kill you,” I say. “You coward.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Al
Page Number: 299-300
Explanation and Analysis:

Tris comes face-to-face with her former friend, Al. Al has supported Tris before. But as it becomes clear that Tris is a talented, dangerous soldier, Al begins to resent her success. Desperate to rise to the top of the soldier rankings, Al conspires with other Dauntless recruits to kill Tris. Later--after the plan fails--Al tries to make amends with Tris.

Tris considers forgiving Al--as her Abnegation community would do--but in the end she refuses to let her old friend off so easy. She's been so thoroughly schooled in the Dauntless code of behavior that she instinctively treats Al with hostility. Tris recognizes that she's changed enormously since her days in Abnegation: in spite of all her objections to Dauntless, she's grown into more of a true Dauntless soldier than she'd thought.

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Chapter 28 Quotes

I don’t know when I accumulated so many secrets. Being Divergent. Fears. How I really feel about my friends, my family, Al, Tobias. Candor initiation would reach things that even the simulations can’t touch; it would wreck me. “Sounds awful,” I say.
“I always knew I couldn’t be Candor. I mean, I try to be honest, but some things you just don’t want people to know. Plus, I like to be in control of my own mind.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Christina (speaker), Tobias / Four , Al
Page Number: 371
Explanation and Analysis:

Here Tris talks about the Candor community with her friend Christina. Christina was born into a Candor family, but never liked it there. She was a reserved, introverted child, and couldn't stand the idea of living in a place where she was required to disclose all her secrets.

The passage is important because it foreshadows the way that the  Dauntless and Erudite leaders will use mind control to dominate their own people. Furthermore, the passage's emphasis on self-control and secretiveness reinforces the fact that Tris is a complex, conflicted character. While most of Tris's peers are willing to commit to one Faction, Tris goes through constant identity crises. She feels like a Dauntless soldier one day; a member of Abnegation the next. Like Christina, Tris could never survive in a community that demands total honesty: she changes her mind so often that she's often dishonest with herself.

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Al Character Timeline in Divergent

The timeline below shows where the character Al appears in Divergent. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 7
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...slept in the same room as a boy, and feels guilty about abandoning her parents. Although she’ll be able to see her family on Visiting Day, she knows that things will... (full context)
Chapter 8
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At lunch, Tris eats with Christina, Will, and Al, the boy who cried the night before. Will, a former Erudite, points out two other... (full context)
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In the evening, Tris eats with her new friends. Al proposes getting a new tattoo to celebrate his new home among the Dauntless, and Christina... (full context)
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Tris and Christina go to “the tattoo place,” where they find Al getting a tattoo of a spider. Tris notices a tattoo of a raven, and thinks... (full context)
Chapter 9
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The fights begin. Al fights Will, and Tris winces as she watches. Tris confesses to Christina that she’s uncomfortable... (full context)
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...Tris is so disturbed by the sight of her friend bleeding that she instinctively grabs Al’s arm. (full context)
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...hangs over the railing. After a few minutes, Christina looks like she’s about to slip. Al calls out encouragement for Christina, and Tris joins in. With her friends’ encouragement, Christina succeeds... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...but Peter only says, “You and I will never be in the same faction.” Afterwards, Al helps Tris change her sheets. Tris wonders if Al is a little too kind to... (full context)
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...a bed, surrounded by her friends—slowly, she realizes that she’s been sent to the hospital. Al asks her if she’s okay, and together they manage to joke about the fight. Tris’s... (full context)
Chapter 13
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...30 minutes, all the trainees have learned to throw their knives, with the exception of Al. Eric orders Al to retrieve his knife from behind the target—while the other recruits continue... (full context)
Chapter 15
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Tris meets a woman who says that she’s Al’s mother—she can’t find her son, and wants to know if Tris knows where he is,... (full context)
Chapter 16
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The afternoon after Natalie’s visit, Tris finds Al sitting in the dormitory—he’s been hiding from his parents. Tris notices that Al has a... (full context)
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Tris asks Al why he chose to be in Dauntless, and he explains that he thinks it’s important... (full context)
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...is surprised to hear Christina talking about her test, as this information is strictly hidden. Al and Christina notice that Tris is uncomfortable, and Al quickly deduces that Tris is hiding... (full context)
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...rankings, Tris is ranked 6 of 9, Edward and Peter are 1st and 2nd, and Al and Myra are 8th and 9th. (full context)
Chapter 19
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...the railing. Four tells Tris that she “looks good,” and Tris can’t help but smile. Al finds Tris and escorts her to dinner, though he notices some romantic tension between Tris... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...chasm. Tris, now blindfolded, realizes that one of the other boys who’s carrying her is Al. (full context)
Chapter 22
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...blood off her face. Four explains that he’s beaten up Drew and let Peter and Al return to their dormitory. Peter claimed that he was only trying to scare Tris. Four... (full context)
Chapter 23
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...adrenaline. In the dining hall, Tris chooses to sit next to Will. She notices that Al isn’t in the room. Tris, Will, Christina, and Uriah eat their meal together, and discuss... (full context)
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Back in the dormitory, Tris finds Al. Al asks if he could talk to Tris alone, and Will angrily says that Al... (full context)
Chapter 24
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...pulling it up with rope right now. Tris realizes that the body they’re recovering is Al’s: he’s thrown himself to his death. Christina and Tris weep for Al’s death. Tris then... (full context)
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There’s a funeral for Al. There, everyone except Tris drinks a lot. Tris runs into Tori, and together they join... (full context)
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The funeral begins, with Eric presiding. Eric explains that Al’s suicide was an act of bravery, for which he should be celebrated by his peers.... (full context)
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Tris confesses to Four that she feels guilty about Al’s death. If she’d forgiven Al, she wonders, he might have chosen not to kill himself.... (full context)
Chapter 25
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...Will, Christina, and Tris look out over the chasm. They’ve gotten new tattoos to commemorate Al’s death. Tris got a symbol of Abnegation: a pair of hands. Tris accepts that Abnegation... (full context)
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...herself. Her friends go back to the dormitory, and Tris contemplates the chasm from which Al jumped. She turns, and finds Four standing nearby. Four invites Tris to come with him:... (full context)