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Comparison of Divergent and Anthem
Transcript of Comparison of Divergent and Anthem
In Anthem and Divergent, one of Rand’s and Ross’s most prominent themes is free will vs. determinism, or fate, and their use of Equality’s and Beatrice’s roles throughout these two books prove how difficult the decisions made by their free will overcome their “fate”, as arranged by their controlling societies.
Throughout Anthem, Equality seeks for a way to overpower the fate set forth by the Coucil of Vocations. Many citizens in his society blindly believe all that their Teachers and what the Council of Vocations tell them: however, “ [Equality] thinks that there are mysteries in the sky and under the water and in the plants which grow” (23).
Equality KNOWS that the mysteries of the Earth can be unraveled if only his fellow men would stop listening to the Council of Scholars, but because, “the Council of Scholars has said that there are no mysteries” (23), the men of his society blindly believe their claims and do not question the fates set before them by the Council of Vocations. Equality, in his eternal search for knowledge of the past that could improve the futures of many, defies his fate as a Street Sweeper, and instead transforms into one of the finest Scholars his world has never seen before.
Likewise, Beatrice from Divergent (also known to the audience as Tris) defies her fate as a quiet, obedient, Abnegation child by transferring to the Dauntless faction to become a ferocious fighting machine that would do anything to protect her friends and family.
She knows that as she’s going to the Choosing Ceremony, “it’s my choice now, no matter what…. Abnegation. Dauntless. Erudite. Divergent.” (Location 296 of 6011 on Kindle Fire). In saying this, she is acknowledging it is HER choice to pick her faction and not her parents’ or society’s decision. She later defies her parents’ (more specifically, her father’s) desire for her to remain in the Abnegation faction.
In conclusion, both Equality 7-2521 and Tris had to make difficult decisions, which ultimately resulted in unpleasant consequences for the both of them, but gave them piece of mind knowing they had made the right decision.