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Transcript of Divergent
"It has been this way since the beginning of the great peace, when the factions formed" (page 33)
For example, those who blamed the war on...
The government says that the factions were created after a large and terrible war. "They divided into factions that sought to eradicate those qualities they believed responsible for the worlds disarray." (p. 42)
All the citizens know is what the government tells them...
By: Emily Manning, Taylor Seim, Morgan Seim, Henry Heinks, and
10. Individuality vs. Sameness
9. Physical Appearance
The 12 Elements of Dystopian Literature
Each faction has a different symbol to represent who they are.
The role of food in Divergent is the same as our society. People generally consume the same types of food we do on a daily basis, but the food people eat depends on the faction they belong to.
This type of geography is dystopian because a personality type or way of living would not determine where you live in a society like the one we live in.
Individuals are given a choice between the five factions at the choosing ceremony, letting them be individual in their choice of how they act. However once they have made that choice they have to act in only one way depending on their faction.
The city is ruled by 50 Abnegation representatives, because the Abnegation are thought to be the purest and incorruptible. In major issues representatives from other factions can argue what their faction wants but the final decision is up to the council.
The Prior Family
The characters in Divergent generally look the same as people in our society, but the physical appearance of a person depends on the faction they are from, like the clothes they wear.
This is dystopian because in a "perfect society" it would be biased to give all of the power to a certain group of people.
This is dystopian because everyone is expected to act
one way based off of their faction
At the same time it is also not dystopian because they are given a choice between which faction they want to live in.
At the choosing ceremony, each of the five bowls has a different item to represent their faction
As customary, each faction has a dress code arranged by color to symbolize their beliefs, values, and demeanor.
Hand pulling hand symbolizes one being generous and caring to someone else instead of focusing on themselves.
Tree symbolizes peace, nature, and independence.
Eye symbolizes a serious, focused behavior
Fire symbolizes boldness, intensity, and aggression
Hide one's beauty, plain and simple to prevent attention drawn to one's self
sees the truth as
and white, so
is what they wear."
The color blue releases calming chemicals, creating a calm mind therefore a clear mind.
Serious and focused
"Erudite faction norms dictate that a faction member must wear at least one blue article of clothing at a time because the blue causes the body to release calming chemicals, and a calm mind is a clear mind."
To symbolize loyalty to their faction, each 16-year-old is required to cut their hand and let their blood drip into the bowl of the faction they choose.
Nobody inside the city walls knows what is beyond them. All the people know is what the government tells them and what is on the inside.
time I see them, they seem
Black clothing, piercings, tattoos to represent intensity and boldness
The city of Divergent looks something like this:
Bold, daring, intense
Bright red and
clothing to represent
, kind personality
When Tris enters the room where she will take her aptitude test, she sees that all the walls are covered in mirrors. A mirror is symbolic of the truth of one's reflection and the mirrors in this scenario are symbolic of how Tris will find out her true identity.
A typical family in Divergent consists of two parents and as many kids as they wish to have. The same is true for families in our society.
The families' ways of life vary depending on which faction they are from, but most have pretty consistent family structures.
: Families have customs on how they are supposed to act. For example, children from abnegation are not supposed to talk at the dinner table unless they are talked to by an adult.
"We aren't supposed to speak at the dinner table unless our parents ask us a question and they usually don't." (p.34)
" Mirrors cover the inner walls of the room. I can see my reflection from all angles." -pg. 11
"I will cut my hand and sprinkle my blood into the bowl of the faction I choose."
-Tris (Pg. 40)
"The reason for simplicity isn't disdain for uniqueness. Everything- our houses, our clothes, our hairstyles- is meant to help us forget ourselves and to protect us from vanity, greed, envy, which are just forms of selfishness. If we have and want little, and we are all equal, we envy no one." -Pg. 27 & 28
Example: The abnegation are in support of sameness because of their selflessness. They would never want to stand out.
I do not approve
Example of power from divergent
example of power in our society (Obama)
- having qualities
from more than one faction
- group of classification. Amity, Candor, Erudite, Abnegation, Dauntless
the very important ceremony where 16 year olds choose the faction they want to belong in for the rest of their lives.
- a nickname meaning "from abnegation"
- the test 16 year olds take to see what faction they would best belong in
“Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way. But our minds move in a dozen different directions. We can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies our leaders. It means we can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, we will always cause trouble for them.”
-Natalie Prior (chapter 35, paragraph 39)
A lot of Customs differed depending upon your faction. like the Dauntless zip lining. We chose customs more general to the book.
Choosing Ceremony- A ceremony in which 16 year old students take turns choosing a faction to join initiation in
Initiation- A series of tests and practices following the choosing ceremony in order to join the chosen faction
Aptitude Test- A mental test token by 16 year old students to figure what faction best suits them
Belief: Tell the
"Mirrors cover the inner walls of the room. I can see my reflection from all angles (p.11)."
"He will offer me a knife. I will cut into my hand and sprinkle my blood onto the bowl of the faction i choose (p.40)."
For example: In abnegation, the food they eat is mainly frozen or canned plain food, because it is difficult to find easy access to fresh foods and they don't believe in self- indulgence.
"Most of what we eat is frozen or canned, because farms these days are far away.
-Tris (Pg. 31)
In the center of the table is a platter of food I don’t recognize: circular pieces of meat wedged between round bread slices. I pinch one between my fingers, unsure what to make of it.
Four nudges me with his elbow.
“It’s beef,” he says. “Put this on it.” He passes me a small bowl of red sauce.
“You’ ve never had a hamburger before?” asks Christina, her eyes wide.
"No," I say. "Is that what it's called?"
"Stiffs eat plain food," Four says, nodding at Christina.
"Why?" she asks.
I shrug. "Extravagance is considered self-indulgent and unnecessary."
- Pg. 65 & 66