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Tia Guerrier

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Transcript of Divergent

Factions are societal divisions used to stratify citizens based on their aptitudes and strengths. When born into these factions one cannot leave until they come of age (16). After taking a placement test they must select a faction to devote to, for the rest of their lives.
Through the Lens of Power Elite
Power Elite in Divergent
The concepts found in power elite written by C Wright Mills is prevalent in Divergent because the elite factions (Erudite and Candor) try to control the determination of what factions individuals belong to. They view divergent as too powerful and ultimately try to get rid of them. An individual that is applicable to more than one faction is perceived as dangerous or a threat to society because they're skilled in more than one faction.
Stratification in Divergent
In Divergent, society is distributed into 5 factions.
Dauntless "The Brave"
Abnegation "The Selfless"
Amity "The Peaceful"
Erudite "The Intelligent"
Candor "The Honest"
Divergent takes place in a futuristic dystopia, where society is divided into five factions, all having different virtues. Teenagers must chose if they want to stay in their faction, or devote themselves to a different one for the rest of their lives. The antagonist Tris Prior abandons her home faction after taking the aptitude test and learning that she is a divergent. She joins dauntless despite her secret of being divergent which can get her killed. As she finds out the truth of her seemingly peaceful society, her secret can help her change society forever.
Factions = Stratification
The stratification in Divergent is the faction system. The members are divided and classified based on a placement test. Even though the member have a choice, there are social constructs in place to make them stay with their home faction.
In “Some Principles of Stratification” Davis and Moore discusses the premise of stratification. They state that the main functional necessity of stratification is for a society to place and motivate individuals into a social structure. Then the society’s members are distributed into positions with varying prestige.
Through the Lens of Class & Power
By Patricia Ramotar & Tia Guerrier

Through the Lens of Some Principles of Stratification
C. Wright Mills discussed similar concepts and ideas that appeared in Some Principles of Stratification. The major concepts that appear in both texts is the importance of power. The different aspects of powers; economy, corporate, and political. and their involvement in American stratification. C. Wright Mills uses the “big three” as a way for readers to understand the different elements of power and how they all have a part in stratification, and influence over the American population.
Through the lens of " Why Race Class and Gender Matter " by Collins and Anderson
When looking at gender in the film, we can relate the ides from Collins and Anderson's piece when explaining the importance of gender and the inequaty Tris faces in the process of training to becomw a memeber of the Dauntless faction. Tris trys to train with the guys and move her way up on the ranking chart. She unfortunately is seen as week and unable to beat a guy because she is female.
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