Purpose of each of the five factions

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I feel that the factions are simplistic, as they represent traits more than discrete personality types. Each person in that post-apocalyptic world should still possess some degree of bravery, selflessness, etc. -- all the so-called dominant traits that characterize members of each faction. Regardless, I think the book portrays quite accurately what will happen when people live in homogenous factions and fail to tolerate diversity.

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Well they needed a cross faction, faction for cleaning. Otherwise, who cleans a the toilets and does the laundry in Dauntless and Erudite? They would both consider it below them. If abnegation did it, Eruditers must have been desperate when they cut ties with them.
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Fitting a whole society into different groups would be an impossible task. Not everyone is always brave, or honest, or happy etc, at all times.
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It is similar to how there was a caste system in some ancient cultures, where a person born into that caste could only work in the field meant for that caste. This was created for the purpose of maintaining peace and order too, although, it obviously fell apart and thankfully not too relevant today.

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Each of the five factions had very important roles in society. The overall purpose of maintaining peace and unity by generalizing the groups and avoiding conflict was demonstrated clearly throughout the novel. Similarly, each faction had general personality types that would be drawn to it according to the trait. For instance, Amity would be happy, Dauntless would be confident risk-takers, and Erudites would be generally intelligent or determined individuals. While I don´t think that it would be believable to say that every person could fit into these five factions, I don´t personally believe I would add any simply because it would distract from the plot.
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Post by rumik »

I think they're just based off of other YA fiction like Harry Potter, eg. Erudite is Ravenclaw, Dauntless is Gryffindor, etc. Obviously they don't encompass every single personality type, that would be pretty impossible.

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Post by NovaFly »

The factions are used to define and control people, but no-one can really be defined and thus you could never accommodate all personality types.

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