The Ending of Divergent: Book vs. Movie

Divergent Book – The Ending

Jeanine Matthews, the leader of Erudite, activates a serum that induces a simulation in almost every member of the Dauntless faction. The simulation means they are aware of what’s going on, but unable to control their actions. The Dauntless army proceeds to the Abnegation faction where they begin to kill the Abnegation faction as Jeanine wants Erudite to control the government. As Tris and Tobias/Four are both divergent, the serum does not work on them. They play along until they get to the Abnegation faction, but are caught by the Dauntless members who have willingly plotted with Jeanine Matthews and are not being controlled by the serum. As Tris has been injured, Jeanine takes Tobias with her back to the Dauntless compound, but orders that Tris be killed. Tris is locked inside the glass tank and the water begins to fill the tank, just like in her fear landscape. Her mother, a former Dauntless member, breaks Tris out. As they escape, her mother sacrifices her life to save Tris. Tris pleads with Will to stop, but he doesn’t as he is under the influence of the serum and she is forced to kill him in self-defense. Tris finds her father, Caleb, and Marcus, and they head to the Dauntless compound to stop the simulation. Tris’ father is killed as they make their way to the control room. Tobias is controlling the simulation while under the simulation himself. Tobias and Tris fight, and at the last moment she cannot bring herself to kill him. When she stops fighting, Tobias awakens from the simulation. Together, they shut down the simulation.

 

Divergent Movie – The Ending
** Differences compared to the book are italicized and 

Jeanine Matthews, the leader of Erudite, activates a serum that induces a simulation in almost every member of the Dauntless faction. The simulation means they are aware of what’s going on, but unable to control their actions. The Dauntless army proceeds to the abnegation faction where they begin to kill the Abnegation faction as Jeanine wants Erudite to control the government. As Tris and Tobias are both divergent, the serum does not work on them. They play along until they get to the abnegation faction, but are caught by the Dauntless members who have willingly plotted with Jeanine Matthews and are not being controlled by the serum. As Tris has been injured, Jeanine takes Tobias with her back to the Dauntless compound, but orders that Tris be killed. Tris is taken outside to be shot and her mother runs up and shoots the Dauntless members who have been tasked with Tris’ execution. As Tris and her mother escape, they are chased by Dauntless members who are under the influence of the serum. Tris’ mother is shot as they try to escape. Tris shoots at the Dauntless members who are shooting at them, and recognizes Will. She pleads with Will to stop, but he doesn’t and she is forced to kill him. Tris finds her father, Caleb, and Marcus, and they head to the Dauntless compound to stop the simulation. Tris’ father is killed as they make their way to the control room. Jeanine and other members of the Erudite are running the simulation. Jeanine has managed to put Tobias under the simulation and he believes Tris is the enemy. Tobias and Tris fight, and at the last moment she cannot bring herself to kill him. When she stops fighting, Tobias awakens from the simulation. Tris and Four fight the Erudite. Tris confesses that she is Divergent and forces Jeanine to stop the simulation.

Frances’ thoughts on the changes

I think that the fact Tris’ mother’s sacrifices her life to save her daughter’s by drawing away the Dauntless members under the simulation is a much better representation of the Abnegation faction. Changing Tris’ mother’s death to be essentially an accident as the two are trying to escape is less impactful. Also, Tris reaction to her mother and father’s deaths in Insurgent won’t be as reasonable, in my opinion. I think that her grief in Insurgent was overdone as it is, let alone removing the fact that her parents sacrificed their lives to save hers. In the movie, Tris does say that her mother sacrificed herself for Tris and someone else (Tobias or Caleb?) says that her father sacrificed himself for Tris, too. Did they really? I’m not sure. I’m a little more convinced by her father’s actions, but while her mother did save Tris from being shot, her mother’s actually death was the result of trying to escape rather than drawing the Dauntless members away from Tris. There’s a big difference there.

I think that it made sense to have Jeanine Matthews running the simulation rather than Tobias. Bringing Jeanine into the movie more was a great decision. I also think this will work well for Insurgent.

One last thing, which is a minor thing, but bothered me: Why is Tris the one to say “I love you” first in the movie and Tobias does not reciprocate? In the book, Tobias says, “I love you” first and it isn’t until quite some way into Insurgent that Tris tells Tobias she loves him. It just seems like Hollywood forcing them to conform to traditional and stereotypical roles.

 

 

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3 thoughts on “The Ending of Divergent: Book vs. Movie

  1. Lizz says:

    Please help me understand what happened when Tris forces Jeanine to stop running the program. I would have thought that once injected with the serum, Jeanine would then be under the control of the program. Why is she the only one who gets injected, falls victim to its mind control but then takes verbal commands from the first person she sees. Tris told Will to stop shooting at her and he didn’t listen – so why did Jeanine do what Tris told her to do? Shouldn’t the serum have just made her go hunt the Abnegations? Please please explain!

  2. I so agree with you on the ily thing! I hate that they made Tris says it in the movie! It was one of the things I loved most about the book

    • Frances says:

      Hi Laetitia,

      Thank you for your comment. Yeah! I think the fact that Tobias says “I love you” first in the book and Tris doesn’t even say it back straight away is one of the things I loved most about the book too! I think it’s okay for men to say the big ILY before women do, and it’s a shame that Hollywood felt the need to stick to the stereotype that women say ILY first.

      Frances

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