I like how the author described Tori's expression. "Tori's mouth and eyes turn down as if they bear little weights."
I like how the author repeats the word "safe" for effect. "There are no safe rooms, no safe truths, no safe secrets to tell." I can't imagine being in a place where I am not safe. I think that by just repeating the word "safe", the author is telling Tobias's true feelings about where he lives without him literally saying it. (page 5)
I really liked how the author described Tobias's head feeling "like tiny men with hammers had taken up residence inside it". I thought that this was a funny way to describe the pain from Tobias's head.(page 78)
I like how the author describes Tobias seeing Eric's eyes as "just dead-fish eyes,impenetrable. I think that the author uses this to give the reader a chance to visualize Eric's blank expression. (page 115)
I think it's really funny how the author describes Eric's piercings. "Eric is right across from me, and I notice that he has even more metal in his face than the last time I saw him-now there are rings through his eyebrows. Soon, he's going to look more like a pincushion than a human being." I think that this is a fun way for the author to describe Eric's face. It makes the reader imagine Eric being a pincushion. (page 166)
When Eric says " Dauntless have always embraced a spirit of competition... Competition makes us better; it brings out the best,strongest parts of us. I think initiation should foster that sense of competition more than it currently does, so that it produces the best initiates possible." I realized something. Eric's idea describes exactly how initiation is in the first book ( this is the prequel). Now I know how that version of initiation came to be.(168)
The author uses simplicity when writing Tobias's letter to his Mom.
P.S. I'm glad you're not dead."
I think that it is cool that even though the author isn't writing much in this letter, the reader can tell what Tobias's decision is without the author having to explain it with so many details. It's enough to get the messege out and it works. (page 181)
It was funny how the author shows Tobias's thoughts screaming at him to "Lie! Lie now!" This is a cool way for readers to see his thoughts as well as add humor to the story. The author goes right out and tells the reader what Tobias is thinking by literally telling them.
When Tobias said " How is it possible to live the same story twice, from different vantage points", I know that he means that he was walked out of the room by Amar during his own initiation and now he is walking Tris out, but I think there's more than that. I think that maybe the author made him say that on purpose since most readers have read this part of the story in Tris's point of veiw. (202)
Now that Tobias knows that Dauntless is preparing an attack, he will try to find out more by snooping around and he might get caught, since he has already been caught for sneaking around before. What he needs to find out is who Dauntless is attacking. The main question is will he find out? And if he finds out what will he do then? ( Page 209)
I just found out that who Dauntless is attacking is Abnegation. That's Tobias's original faction and now that he knows what is he going to do?
I can see where Tobias is coming from when he wants to save Abnegation, but then again, maybe not. "I thought I knew. Those innocent Abnegation, with their constant acts of service and their deferent head bobbing, they needed to be saved. But those liars, who forced me into grief, who left me alone with the man who caused me pain-should they be saved?" (page 218)
I think that Tobais's opinion about dauntless heroes is really profound. "Why do all dead people become heroes in Dauntless? Why do we need them to? Maybe they're the only ones we can find in a factionof corrupt leaders, competitive peers, and cynical instructors. Dead people can be our heroes because they can't disappoint us later, they only improve over time, as we forget more and more about them." Tobias is basically questioning what defines a hero especially in Dauntless. Is a person who got drunk and accidentally fell into the chasm and died a hero? It a person who got pushed off a hero? (page 236)
My Theories and Conclusions Post:
This quarter, I read the book Four by Veronica Roth. This book is different from other books because it is a collection of short stories. This means that instead of chapters, there are just mini stories about one character.
This book follows the life of Tobias Eaton. Tobias lives in a city where people are grouped up into factions (as in the book Divergent, which was also written by Veronica Roth). Each faction thinks a certain way. The Erudite are the intelligent, the Amity are the peaceful, the Candor are the honest, the Dauntless are the brave, and the Abnegation are the selfless. People are first born into a certain faction, but are allowed to switch when they turn sixteen. Tobias was born into Abnegation, the selfless. Each sixteen year old has to take an aptitude test that determines which faction they are meant to be in. Tobias’s test result was Abnegation.
My theory is that safety and security are a critical element to feeling confident. This applies mostly to Tobias and shows up many times in this book. I could tell that Tobias didn’t feel exactly “safe” from the beginning of the book when he explains that "There are no safe rooms, no safe truths, no safe secrets to tell "(Page 5). He says this to himself after his aptitude test; right after the character, Tori says that, “This is a safe room. You can say whatever you want.” I wondered why he didn’t feel safe in a place that was isolated and quiet, but now I know that there is more to that. Tobias wasn’t confident that the room he was in was safe. It’s almost as if he thought someone was watching him. After reading on a little more, I realized what else (more like who else) Tobias didn’t feel safe with. I can pretty much guess when Tobias says, “ I get up, brushing the flecks of cement from my gray slacks , and push the door open. My father sits in the easy chair in the living room, surrounded by paperwork. I pull up straight, tall, so that he can’t scold me for slouching” (page 13). It must be difficult for Tobias to feel safe when the person he is afraid of is around him all the time. It is plain to see that Tobias's father is unkind to Tobias especially when he says this, “‘Don’t lie to me,’ he says, and seizes my arm, his fingers tight like a vise. I don’t look at him…..he releases me. My skin pulses from where he gripped it.” It seems as if it is normal for Marcus (Tobias's father) to hit and hurt Tobias. It is very clear that Tobias can’t stay in Abnegation, but where can he go?
Tobias transfers to probably the worst faction imaginable when it comes to safety. He switches to Dauntless, the brave and even though he feels free from his father, he doesn’t feel exactly “safe”. For example, Dauntless uses an...interesting form of initiation. “ ‘You know what’s going to happen next right?’[Tori] turns and points at a light in the distance, fixed to the front of an upcoming train. ‘It’s not going to stop. It’s just going to slow down a little. And if you don’t make it on, that’s it for you. Factionless. It’s that easy to get kicked out’….The train thunders towards us, and the Dauntless start piling on. Tori runs toward the edge , and I follow her, copying her stance and her movements as she prepares to jump” (Pages 34-35).To be in this faction, initiates have to jump into a moving train that is on raised track.Tobias is afraid of heights and probably doesn’t feel confident that he is going to make the jump at this moment. But he does make the jump and he excels in a lot of the Dauntless activities and becomes friends with many of his fellow initiates and feels at home and even though he doesn’t feel exactly “safe” in Dauntless, he feels safer than he did in Abnegation. Also, instead of being called his “Abnegation name”, Tobias, he is now called “Four” because he only has four fears. He is a lot more confident and is actually the best out of all the initiates. “I follow the list up, and panic stabs me for just a second when I can’t find my own name. But then there it is, right at the top. 1.Four, 2. Eric. Shauna lets out a yell, and she and Zeke crush me into a sloppy hug, their weight almost knocking me to the ground.I laugh and bring my arms up to return the gesture. Somewhere in the chaos, I dropped my dinner roll-I crush it under my heel and smile as people surround me, people I don’t even know, slapping my shoulders and grinning and saying my name. My name which is only “Four” now, all suspicions about my origin and my identity forgotten now that I am one of them, not that I am Dauntless. I am not Tobias Eaten, not anymore, never again. I am Dauntless” (117).
I can tell that Tobias trusts Tris because he suggested that they go in to a fear landscape together. ( pg. 247)
because in the fear landscape, one person can see the other person's fears too. So that means Tobias is basically letting Tris in on his thoughts.
The author repeats the word enough to show you what Tobias is thinking right now." It's not enough. I pull her closer, kiss her harder. She comes alive,putting her arms around me and leaning into me and it's still not enough. How could it be?" (pg. 258)
to add realisticness to the character so you feel like the character is actually there.
Tobias finally knows who to help. His old faction, Abnegation.So he goes to his father. His father kicked him out after he chose Dauntless at the choosing ceremony. He has to help Tris and her family, since they are in Abnegation from the attack from Eurudite and Dauntless. He probably will go to another strong Abnegation leader who will listen to him and has a powerful influence on the Abnegation sector of the city.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.