Divergent

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Andrew Prior Character Analysis

Beatrice Prior’s father, a power leader in the Abnegation community. After Beatrice leaves Abnegation for Dauntless, Andrew is widely criticized for his poor parenting—much to Beatrice’s distress. At the end of the novel, Andrew risks his safety to protect his city from the military coup, and bravely sacrifices his life to protect his daughter.

Andrew Prior Quotes in Divergent

The Divergent quotes below are all either spoken by Andrew Prior or refer to Andrew Prior . 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 1 Quotes

We walk together to the kitchen. On these mornings when my brother makes breakfast, and my father’s hand skims my hair as he reads the newspaper, and my mother hums as she clears the table— it is on these mornings that I feel guiltiest for wanting to leave them.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Natalie Prior , Andrew Prior , Caleb Prior
Page Number: 3
Explanation and Analysis:

Beatrice Prior, the protagonist of the novel, faces a difficult decision. Now that she’s a young woman, she can either choose to live among her peers and her family—the Abnegation community—or she can choose to live in one of four other communities, each of which embodies a different moral or psychological value. Beatrice aspires to live somewhere else—she feels constricted by the strict moral code of Abnegation, and craves a place where she’s allowed to be brave and daring. And yet she feels guilty about her own aspirations—she knows that leaving her family will cause them a lot of pain and sadness. In short, Beatrice is a highly relatable narrator: like any good hero or heroine, she aspires to go out and try something new. And yet she's also moral and thoughtful enough to think about the consequences her actions have for others.

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Chapter 4 Quotes

“You know why,” my father says. “Because we have something they want. Valuing knowledge above all else results in a lust for power, and that leads men into dark and empty places. We should be thankful that we know better.” I nod. I know I will not choose Erudite, even though my test results suggested that I could. I am my father’s daughter.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Andrew Prior (speaker)
Page Number: 35-36
Explanation and Analysis:

Beatrice’s father, Andrew, comments on the longstanding rivalry between two powerful city factions: Abnegation (Andrew and Beatrice’s own faction) and Erudite (the faction of scholarly, intelligent people). Andrew believes that intelligent people inevitably crave power—they’re so satisfied with their own intellectual abilities that they try to use their knowledge into dominate others. The only thing that can temper the Erudite lust for power is Abnegation—the desire to be modest, self-controlled, etc.

It’s important to note that Beatrice mostly agrees with her father’s analysis. As she says, she’s still her father’s daughter at this point in the novel—in other words, she’s still basing her identity on someone else, instead of freely choosing the kind of person she wants to be. And yet Beatrice shows signs of “breaking free” from her family’s control: she knows that she could be any number of different people—she’s Divergent, after all.

Chapter 36 Quotes

“I’m factionless now.”
“No, you aren’t,” my father says sternly. “You’re with us.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Andrew Prior (speaker)
Page Number: 449
Explanation and Analysis:

In this chapter, Tris reunites with her family. In the midst of the Erudite coup of the city, Tris leaves the Dauntless community altogether. She's been trained to think in terms of factions for so long that she can't conceive of a community for herself: without the Dauntless, she's nothing. But as Tris's father points out, Tris does have a community--her parents and siblings.

The quotation reminds us how thoroughly Tris has immersed herself in the Dauntless way of life throughout the novel. Factionalism has convinced Tris that her only true friends live in her faction--it takes Andrew's reminder to restore her faith in the family. The quotation further suggests that for most people in the city, Faction is family: a group that provides love, support, and acceptance.

Chapter 38 Quotes

I have done this before—in my fear landscape, with the gun in my hand, a voice shouting at me to fire at the people I love. I volunteered to die instead, that time, but I can’t imagine how that would help me now. But I just know, I know what the right thing to do is. My father says—used to say—that there is power in self-sacrifice. I turn the gun in my hands and press it into Tobias’s palm.

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Tobias / Four , Andrew Prior
Page Number: 475
Explanation and Analysis:

In this climactic scene of the novel, Tris points a gun at Tobias, who's been brainwashed to fight on behalf of Eric and Jeanine. Although Tris knows the "right" Dauntless thing to do is to shoot Tobias, she finds herself unable to hurt her friend and lover. Instead of embracing violence, like the good Dauntless soldier she's been trained to be, Tris opts for the way of Abnegation: she sacrifices her own safety and security to protect Tobias.

The passage proves that Tris, in spite of her success among the Dauntless recruits, can't be pinned down as Dauntless. A true Divergent, she alternates between Dauntless courage and Abnegation virtue. In the end, she seems to place a higher premium on love and compassion than on victory--a sure sign that she's transcended the petty factionalism of her society.

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Andrew Prior Character Timeline in Divergent

The timeline below shows where the character Andrew Prior appears in Divergent. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 19
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...together. Peter reads the story aloud—it’s about Tris and Caleb’s father. The story argues that Andrew Prior (Tris’s father’s name) must be a corrupt man, or his own children would have... (full context)
Chapter 21
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...published two more articles like the one Peter read—criticizing Abnegation in general and Tris’s father Andrew in particular. (full context)
Chapter 24
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...and together they join up with Tris’s friends. Tris sees Molly, who teases her about Andrew, her father. Tris wants to fight Molly, but Will breaks up the fight right away. (full context)
Chapter 35
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...leads Tris out of the building and points her toward a building where she claims Andrew and Caleb are hiding. As Natalie rushes away, there’s a bang, and Tris sees her... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...hiding place, as Natalie has directed her. Inside the hiding place, she finds Caleb and Andrew, along with a few other Abnegation people, including Marcus. Caleb notices that Tris is bleeding... (full context)
Chapter 37
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...down the computers: Caleb (since he’s Erudite, and knows some things about the mind-control project), Andrew (since he’s an Abnegation leader), and Marcus, who claims to be good with computers. The... (full context)
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...the net below—just as Tobias told her to do on her first day in Dauntless. Andrew, Caleb, and Marcus are frightened of jumping, but they manage to convince themselves to take... (full context)
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Andrew and Tris proceed to the computer room. As they draw closer, they see another group... (full context)
Chapter 39
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Tobias and Tris leave the computer room, and they see Caleb crouched over Andrew’s dead body. Marcus rushes toward Tobias, calling him “Son.” Tobias looks very uncomfortable. Tris hisses... (full context)