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Four is Divergent’s leading man. He’s the perfect match for Tris, our young leading lady.
If you haven’t yet, check out my review for Divergent and why I think Tris is one feisty female.
The majority of my blog focuses on strong female characters, but I also want to showcase some males that are worth mentioning. The first on my list is Divergent’s Four.
He is a leader. We learn that he could have taken on a leadership role due to his ranking during his initiation training, however he chose a life as a trainer, teaching transfers from other factions. Most of the transfers are scared of him because he acts cold and distant, though as the story carries on, readers learn that there is much more to Four. He has insecurities and fears just like the rest of us. It does not make him a weak character, but it validates to me that he a healthy, well-rounded character.
One of my favourite scenes in the novel is an exchange between Tris and Four:
“You think my first instinct is to protect you. Because you’re small, or a girl, or a Stiff. But you’re wrong.”
He leans his face close to mine and wraps his fingers around my chin. His hand smells like metal. When was the last time he held a gun, or a knife? My skin tingles at the point of contact, like he’s transmitting electricity through his skin.
“My first instinct is to push you until you break, just to see how hard I have to press.” he says, his fingers squeezing at the word break. My body tenses at the edge in his voice, so I am coiled as tight as a spring, and I forget to breathe.
His dark eyes lifting to mine, he adds, “But I resist it.”
“Why…” I swallow hard. “Why is that your first instinct?”
“Fear doesn’t shut you down; it wakes you up. I’ve seen it. It’s fascinating.” He releases me but doesn’t pull away, his hand grazing my jaw, my neck. “Sometimes I just want to see it again. Want to see you awake.”
~ Four and Tris, Divergent
This makes me so happy as a female reader! Not only does Divergent have a strong female character, but it has a male lead that encourages his female counterpart to be strong and be who she is.