Reason behind the creation of the factions? Do they work?

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Re: Reason behind the creation of the factions? Do they work

Post by hollirm » 20 Oct 2014, 01:19

I think that the reason behind the creation of the factions was to create peace and harmony and to prevent whatever happened to the rest of the world, ever happening again. But, over the years, I think that this view or vision of what could have been, was corrupted and slowly became perverse. I think it might have worked better if a few members of each faction was apart of the government instead of one fraction.

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Post by lindac1_98 » 23 Oct 2014, 17:43

The factions were created to keep like minded people together to keep all around peace. However, this is very unrealistic because most humans have some all the characteristics in each of us. If this were not true then people would not be able to choose a different faction at the age of 16. As it was clearly illustrated in the book, this type of society does not work.

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Post by bookreviewsbynoel » 04 Nov 2014, 16:09

Very Good question.
I would say that in the beginning the factions looked like they were working but when it got to the end i was wondering what would happen to all the other factions.

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Post by Hadiqa » 11 Nov 2014, 08:35

I don't think they work since they create a lot of differences in the society and sense of superiority and inferior complex destroys people mentally, emotionally and physically. If it were upto me, I wouldn't have to keep the factions but it was an interesting concept in the story ^^
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Post by unicorny07 » 15 Nov 2014, 19:56

The factions were created to keep society balanced and destroy conflict. They work to an extent, but not everyone is going to remain peaceful and follow all the rules. Eventually some one is going to rebel and more will eventually follow. I think factions were a bad decision overall.

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Post by Little House » 21 Nov 2014, 16:23

After finishing the trilogy, I would say that the factions do exactly what they were set up to do. On the other hand, I do question the theory behind what they were trying to do.

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Post by krysgutz97 » 07 Jan 2015, 01:00

I think it was meant to keep domestic tranquility and to avoid or at the least limit the chances of corruption of power since the factions had little contact with each other. To be honest it reminds me of the Plessy vs. Ferguson court case and the whole "separate but equal" . Either way it never works, diversity is a strength not a weakness, which is what I think the book was trying to express.

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Post by Jesska6029 » 11 Mar 2015, 15:37

The purpose of factions is to keep everyone separated. If too many people are united, they could start a revolution. I think factions also allow people to focus on what they are good at and what they like. The downside of this is that they will never experience anything outside of what they enjoy. In that way, they really aren't challenged to be better.
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Post by gatorgirl_823 » 31 Mar 2015, 11:59

The factions were created to use each person's best personality traits. This process, ideally, puts the best people in the best job position that fits their best qualities. People are much more complex than that though and thus the reason this type of society doesn't work out. You can't just make someone fit in a mold.

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Post by steinhm » 02 Apr 2015, 04:34

toriborip wrote:I think its kinda like the Hunger Games books. They split them up to avoid rebellion... obviously it didnt work for that reason
I couldn't agree more with that statement. Obviously they don't work for several reasons. Dividing people only causes either bad blood or the desire to be a part of both. I think also because you're supposed to join the faction you have the most in common with that might also lead to some problems because you have too much in common with everyone else. It's obvious from our society that people who think different or who are different are what make our society work. Being stuck in a faction with everyone who is like-minded is only bound to cause issues and problems.

As you said, it didn't work in the Hunger Games and it didn't work here and it certainly wouldn't work in real life.

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Post by MissJane » 10 Apr 2015, 23:21

The factions were created by people desperate to stay alive and hopefully maintain order, so in a way I can understand why they were created. They wanted a way to keep the peace and put people in boxes where they could be controlled. Obviously the factions did not work as hoped, as with all dystopian societies because people aren't perfect. The world isn't perfect.

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Post by tracy19 » 11 Jun 2015, 08:07

The factions were to create order and safety, but I think that goal was only achieved for a short while.

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Post by BColeman » 13 Jun 2015, 13:13

They were created to keep peace, but it seems like the peace can never be kept.

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Post by meganxxcooper » 01 Jul 2015, 07:50

toriborip wrote:I think its kinda like the Hunger Games books. They split them up to avoid rebellion... obviously it didnt work for that reason
That definitely makes more sense than what I had been thinking

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Post by courtney8847 » 08 Sep 2015, 21:24

I don't think that the factions work properly, which I think is presented by the evidence of the falling of the system at the end of the series. Even if the factions did continue, there will always be those who cannot fit into a single category and threaten the system, and people in each faction will always wonder what their life would have been like having chosen a different faction.

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