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What was the reason behind the creation of the factions? Do you think the factions are working "toward a better society and a better world" (p. 44) as they say they are? What about the structure seems to be working for Tris’s society? What doesn’t seem to be working at all?
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CrescentMoon wrote:Since this is a dystopian society, I believe the factions were created to give the government control over the people. The factions separate people into their own groups, and keep them from exploring their potential for greatness and other traits. This prevents unity and rebellion. The concept of them working towards a "better society" is just a bunch of pretty words they say to keep everybody happy with the system, but it's not true. They want to eliminate the threats to the system, like Divergents, because they don't belong in any one group and thus they can't be controlled.
I agree with your opinion. It is about the "Big Brother" watching and controlling the people in its realm. Many people say this is a dystopian society, however, not everybody was displeased with their faction. In fact I think the factions prevented its society from becoming a society characterized by its misery. So at one level the faction idea worked, people like Four's father thrived in his faction, as did the other leaders of the other factions, including Tris' parents. However, because another government's purpose for the faction system was control, it was doomed to fail, because their end game allowed them to interfere and execute a different purpose for the faction system. There is no such thing as a perfect society, because all humans are imperfect. However, the idea of a faction system was fun to read.
I do think that idea was a little commonplace because I can think of a whole bunch of other novels that have a very similar dystopian layout that simulates order. Brave New World, Guilliver's Travels (book 4), The Handmaid's Tale, to name a few.
But I was completely willing to skip over those worries, because the ideas of grouping people by values/personality type is a fascinating premise and made a great story.
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