Divergent

The movie Divergent is a great movie, and bases it’s a story of the main character, Tris.  The movie starts with the structure of the government.  At first, it all seemed perfect, each faction had their own behavior, which helped them perform their role in society.

Tris Prior is a sixteen-year-old girl that lives in Chicago.  At the age of sixteen people are put through aptitude tests and get to choose which faction they want to live in for the rest of their life.  Given that Tris is sixteen she has to make the choice Abnegation, Dauntless, Erudite, Amity, or Candor.  Tris starts out in Abnegation with her family at the choosing ceremony both her and her brother switch out of Abnegation, Tris into Dauntless, her brother into Erudite.  The book Divergent, which is when we are introduced to Tris, follows her on her journey into the factions and out of them.

Tris is a hero because she is brave, smart, selfless, and determined.  These traits make her a hero because they show traits that are valued in our modern-day society.  Tris’s stereotypical bravery is shown through Dauntless, but she also shows bravery through loving and supporting people unconditionally even if it puts her in danger.  One example of Tris’s bravery is when Four (boyfriend) is put under simulation by Erudite; he comes at her with all his brute force and she does not hit, she simply keeps saying reassuring words.  Tris is also smart and the example of this is being able to survive as a divergent in a world where they are hunted.  The acts of selflessness that Tris exemplifies include when she almost sacrifices herself to save Abnegation.  Tris is determined because throughout the whole book she doesn’t give up there may be some faulty moments, but she keeps fighting.

The main issue in Divergent, similar to most interesting novels, is a faulty society/government. In Divergent, they attempt to fix this by instituting a Faction system, each faction blaming a different reason for the government’s failure. There are five factions, Dauntless, Amity, Candor, Erudite, and Abnegation. The factions all have different roles to play in society, such as Abnegation, a selfless faction, running the government, the selflessness of them allows there to be no bias or corruption.

In Conclusion, although a faction system seems flawless and uncorrupted, the different ideas of each faction will, in turn, lead to an argument, which will lead to much bigger issues. The best way, I believe, to avoid such a conflict is to not have such a system, to begin with, to avoid the problem before the problem exists. Maybe then, the issues of the Divergent series could have been avoided, and many lives could’ve been spared.

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