Divergent

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Natalie Prior Character Analysis

Beatrice Prior’s mother. Natalie is a strong, nurturing woman, although the rules of Abnegation society make it difficult for her to show her love for Beatrice or Caleb Prior. Some ways into the novel, Beatrice discovers that Natalie is Divergent, and grew up among the Dauntless. Natalie proves herself to be a powerful warrior, more than capable of protecting her family. In the end, she sacrifices her life to keep Beatrice safe.

Natalie Prior Quotes in Divergent

The Divergent quotes below are all either spoken by Natalie Prior or refer to Natalie 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 15 Quotes

“Cara,” says Will, frowning, “there’s no need to be rude.”
“Oh, certainly not. Do you know what she is?” She points at my mother. “She’s a council member’s wife is what she is. She runs the ‘volunteer agency’ that supposedly helps the factionless. You think I don’t know that you’re just hoarding goods to distribute to your own faction while we don’t get fresh food for a month, huh? Food for the factionless, my eye.”
“I’m sorry,” my mother says gently. “I believe you are mistaken.”
“Mistaken. Ha,” Cara snaps. “I’m sure you’re exactly what you seem. A faction of happy-go-lucky do-gooders without a selfish bone in their bodies. Right.”

Related Characters: Beatrice Prior / Tris (speaker), Natalie Prior (speaker), Will (speaker), Cara (speaker)
Page Number: 184
Explanation and Analysis:

In this chapter, the Dauntless recruits get a chance to reunite with their families. At the reunion event, Beatrice--now named Tris--reunites with her mother, Natalie. Tris also meets her friends' parents, including Cara, Will's sister. Cara accuses Natalie of using her influential position to greedily hoard resources. Furthermore, Cara accuses the people of Abnegation of misrepresenting themselves as selfless and loving, when in reality they're just as greedy as everyone else.

The fact that such an unpleasant argument breaks out at a reunion event suggests that the divides between the Factions run deep: Cara's Faction (Erudite) hates Natalie's (Abnegation), and always will. The dispute between Erudite and Abnegation is particularly enormous, because the divide between intelligence and selflessness (at least as Roth sees it!) is a wide one. Intelligent people desire power and control, while selfless people desire peace and equality. Thus, Cara can't help herself from shouting at Natalie, even though Natalie is utterly blameless (as far as we know).

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Natalie Prior Character Timeline in Divergent

The timeline below shows where the character Natalie Prior appears in Divergent. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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...can say much about herself, Four introduces himself to Tris’s mother—whose name, she says, is Natalie. Four tells Natalie that Tris is doing very well. Natalie thanks Four for his encouragement,... (full context)
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...Cara accuses Tris’s father of manipulating his government position to favor the people of Abnegation. Natalie politely denies this, and her politeness seems utterly foreign to Tris. (full context)
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Natalie asks Tris how she’s doing, and Tris says that she’s ranked near the bottom of... (full context)
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Natalie then asks Tris to ask Caleb to research “simulation serum,” as Natalie herself can’t visit... (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... (full context)
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Later that night, Tris thinks about her mother—why, she wonders, did Natalie choose Abnegation after growing up in Dauntless? Suddenly, Tris hears a cry in the dark.... (full context)
Chapter 20
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...Tris’s Divergence from Dauntless records: the only people who know about Tris’s condition are Tori, Natalie, Four, and Tris herself. Tori mentions that her own brother was Divergent. He was found... (full context)
Chapter 24
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Tris has a dream in which she sees Natalie. Suddenly, Christina wakes her up and rushes her to the chasm. The Dauntless have just... (full context)
Chapter 28
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...that she should leave, and Tris gets up to go. She mentions to Caleb that Natalie wants him to research serum. (full context)
Chapter 35
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Tris tries to calm herself. She remembers being a child, when Natalie would bathe her. This reminds Tris of God—something she doesn’t think of very often. As... (full context)
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...a loud bang, and sees the glass of her tank cracking. She’s amazed to see Natalie, armed with a gun, peer into the tank—she says, “We have to run.” Tris stands... (full context)
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As Tris and Natalie run through Abnegation, Natalie explains a few things to Tris. Natalie has been monitoring train... (full context)
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Natalie leads Tris out of the building and points her toward a building where she claims... (full context)
Chapter 36
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Tris manages to make it to her family’s hiding place, as Natalie has directed her. Inside the hiding place, she finds Caleb and Andrew, along with a... (full context)