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Biblical Allusions in Divergent

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Anna Lopez

on 19 May 2014

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Transcript of Biblical Allusions in Divergent

-Al betrays his friend Tris and his guilty conscience leads him to suicide.
- Caleb tells Tris's secrets to her enemies and is the reason she gets caught by them.
King Saul/Peter
- Peter is power hungry and will hurt anyone that may threaten his position at the top. (Edward, Tris)
- Peter turns from his old ways and becomes a new person.
Judas, King Saul, Saul/Paul
Similar Practices
Praying before meals
Feet washing
Helping those in need
The Number Seven
Seven represents perfection and completeness:
Total of seven categories in Divergent (Dauntless, Abnegation, Erudite, Amity, Candor, Factionless, and Divergent) that people fall into in order for the society to be perfect and complete.
The Garden of Eden
The whole book is an allusion to the fall of mankind.
Erudite(knowledge) acts as the serpent and introduces sin into the society.
Anna Lopez
Biblical Allusions in Divergent
Quiet lives until reaching adulthood
Not seen as a threat until they have more followers
The number 3
Similar deaths
Factions and Christianity
Dauntless values courage:
"Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me." -Psalms 23:4
Abnegation values selflessness:
"Don't be selfish; don't try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves." -Phil. 2: 3
Erudite values knowledge:
"Knowledge begins with respect for the Lord, but fools hate wisdom and discipline." -Prov. 1: 7
Candor values honesty:
"The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in those who tell the truth." -Prov. 12: 22
Amity values kindness:
"Kind people do themselves a favor, but cruel people bring trouble on themselves." -Prov. 11: 17
Similar Situation
David and Saul/Tris and Peter
-"Now's your opportunity!" David's men whispered to him. "Today the LORD is telling you, 'I will certainly put your enemy into your power, to do with as you wish.'" So David crept forward and cut off a piece of the hem of Saul's robe. (1 Sam. 24:4)
-"You won't shoot me." ...I shift the gun three inches to the left and fire at his arm. (Page 463-464)

Tobias and Christianity
"I want to be brave, and selfless,
honest." (page 405)
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