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The conflict, the divergents, also gives it's own balance. The characters in the story are human, with human emotions and array of likes and dislikes. The one problem in the whole story are the humans. You can't fix something that happens naturally. So again I say, in a perfect world, it's a great solution to a society that is in need of being rebuilt.
I also agree with the prior statement that they were sorted into factions based on personality type to assure that everyone had a 'life purpose' and stayed within the lines clearly outlined for them.
Dauntless - purpose is to be able to face your weaknesses and overcome any obstacle with courage
Amity - purpose is to promote goodwill through harmony and happiness
Candor - purpose is to create a realistic world of sincerity and faith in one another's reliability through their honesty
Erudite - purpose is to expand intelligence through knowledge and learning
I think these five factions are only 5 examples of the many qualities that are present in people, in fact, the author (Veronica Roth) could not put them all in the story because it would be difficult to develop together.
The creation of these 5 factions has led the peace because the virtues are enhanced and the defects have been removed from every person. But, every person is perfect with its strengths and weaknesses. In Divergent, we understand that you can not create peace by subduing the bad qualities, even in thi way, it ends up to create a lot of disorder and caos more easily.
The Divergents are normal people with a lot of positive and negative qualities like us. They are the strongest, in fact, they are revealed to be killed.
I finished reading this book yesterday, I like it so much.
Moreover, they have different purpose. First, Abnegation is the leader among the five factions because it is expected of them not to be greedy when it comes to power or control. They are also responsible of feeding the factionless. Dauntless,on the other hand, is responsible for security. They can be considered as the military force. Amity's role is to preserve peace and manage agriculture. While Candor is similar to our judicial system. They are responsible in determining the truth.Lastly, Erudite is the brain among the five factions. They handle the technology and find ways to improve it.
In my opinion, these five virtues are not enough to represent and fulfill all the basic needs of people. We can't just divide people into groups and expect them to behave similarly or have the same exact personality. I don't think that it's a good idea to divide people into factions. The second and third installment of Divergent clearly show why. It will only leads to more trouble because people are forced to behave like how their faction is expected to behave.
The reason is because the faction that you are in is just one part of your personality. And when you get rid of it, you can have two majorly different people. People who, if they didn't have that characteristic, would have been mortal enemies.
I don't know why they decided to only have 5 factions when there are so many other factors in your personality. They are the main personalities sure, but if you were only just smart, brave, honest, selfless, or kind. You wouldn't be able to do anything. If you were kind and saw a dying person and you could help them, would you? If you were just kind and nothing else would you? If you think about it for just one second you would probably say yes right? But what if that person is dangerous? Is it worth the risk to heal him/her if they could potentially harm you in the future? You have to brave and smart to consider those facts and then still decide to heal him/her.
I am not saying that the person wouldn't have healed her/him this is just one possible outcome that could happen. However the point is that we don't just have one factor in our personality, or else all the people in the same faction would act exactly the same. What makes the people in the same factions different. Is what's left of their personality once you take away the factor that put them in that faction.
Stop waiting for Prince Charming. Get out and find him. The poor idiot may be stuck in a tree or something.
gali wrote:Well the purpose of the factions is to keep apart different personality types in order to maintain the peace. Each faction represents different personality types, feelings and believes.
There are the five factions dividing by character types: Abnegation (selflessness), Amity (happiness), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (brave), and Erudite (knowledge).
I do not think that these five factions fit all personality types. Some people, like Tris, are not just one personality type. I would create a faction for people who are mixed personalities and another faction for those who failed the tests.
Anyway, people are too complex to fit into molds (and factions).
Maybe there are many people out there who have mixed personalities like Tris, so there must be a special faction for them. Also, I think no one could fit into a faction with only one personality in real world