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Divergent by Veronica Roth - A Dystopian Society

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Holly Mallet

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Transcript of Divergent by Veronica Roth - A Dystopian Society

Utopia
:
Perfect political, social and moral aspects.
Evils of society have been removed and eliminated.

Dystopia
:
Condition of life is miserable or unbearable.
Economic life improves at the expense of losing other aspects of life e.g. freedom.
Overbearing government.
What is a Utopia & Dsytopia?
Divergent as a Dystopia
Divergent by Veronica Roth
Dystopian teen film
Divergent Universe - features a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago.
Tris struggles with her self-identity within a society that defines citizens based upon the connection between social skills and personality.
Futuristic universe - overbearing social control controlled by the government.
Illusion of a perfect Utopia
By Holly Mallet
Divergent by Veronica Roth - A Dystopian Society
Each faction stays with its own.
Underlying feeling of tension between factions.
Illusion of a Utopian ideal.
No option
not
to chose a faction - "
faction before blood
".
Harsh & restrictive elements of a dystopian society - illusion of freedom
Dysfunctional Society
Protagonist that does not fit in with society
Conflict is caused when these two elements collide
A Dysfunctional Society
Dystopian Films
Often features
:
An overbearing government that use fear, drugs, propaganda or other methods to control a society.
A backstory
A hero or protagonist
Conflict
Climax
Protagonist does not fit into Society
Obvious contrast between Tris and initiates.
Element of dystopian film - protagonist has difficulty fitting in.
Those who do not conform do not fit into this society.
'Perfect' society hides its faults by banishing them.
Conflict caused when these two elements collide
Dystopian genre - rules and regimes of society clash with protagonist.
Tris evolves to become what the government system dreads - a Divergent who cannot be controlled.
Protagonist cannot conform to the norms of society.
Dystopian society - those who do not conform are eliminated - works towards ideal utopia.
Conclusion
Divergent is a dystopian society - bound by rules.
Protagonist Tris represents the qualities the dystopian society seeks to repress.


Decades ago our ancestors realized that it is not political ideology, religious belief, race, or nationalism that is to blame for a warring world. Rather, they determined that it was the fault of human personality — of humankind’s inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is. They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the world’s disarray
.”
- Jeanine Eurdite leader - summarises the very essence that depicts Divergent as a dystopian society.
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