What faction would you have chosen at 16?

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Re: What faction would you have chosen at 16?

Post by Taylor Razzani » 20 Sep 2016, 20:26

I would have been born into Candor, my family isn't afraid of speaking their minds. But I think I would have chosen Erudite at 16, I love to learn and read and it seems like a good fit, except for the whole not having pets thing and how they seem to view themselves as better than anyone else. Maybe if it was more about learning and less about trying to seize power and not doing anything at all that seemed illogical it would be a no brainer, but alas. :(
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Post by rachel_jacks » 26 Sep 2016, 09:55

I think my answer now might be different than when I was 16, however the question specifically refers to what I would have chosen at 16. Jumping back into my 16-year-old midset, I probably would have chosen Erudite. I am doubtful that my family would have been in that faction to begin with and at that time I really hated pretty much my entire family. I would have gladly chosen a faction that took me away from everyone I hated. I had no social life to speak of and was taunted and teased for being different on a regular basis. I was not brave or outgoing, so Dauntless would never have come to mind. I was also pretty shy/timid, so I don't think that I would have been driven to join Candor. I found it best to be invisible instead of speaking up about how I really felt. At only 16, I had not formed an opinion about wars or violence. I saw myself as weak and invisible. I didn't think that the way I was treated was right, but I was not in a position to take a stance against it either. My life, at that point, revolved around being successful in school (which I excelled at) and going to college. Learning has always been important to me and at 16 it was even more so. For that reason, I am pretty sure I would have chosen Erudite.
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Post by kileiah » 19 Oct 2016, 03:40

This is a fascinating question. When I read Divergent I readily identified with Tris' family and their values, so similar to conservative Christian ones, so I'm pretty sure I would have been born into Abnegation. At 16 I was learning to be a good friend and I loved adventure and romance, and I think I would have chosen Amity. As I've grown older I think this would have been a limiting choice, and as the books acknowledge the values of all the factions should come with maturity. I aim to be Factionless, and therefore constantly negotiating the values of all.

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Post by Felica_the_great » 23 Oct 2016, 10:47

I feel as though my family would be Abnegation. We are plain and humble. Nothing truly special about us.
As far as what faction I would choose... Dauntless hands down!
I have always been daring, loud, obnoxious if you will. I am the black sheep who paved the way for other family member to not be afraid to be who they are.
I suffer from auto-immune disease and some days find it hard to get out of bed. So train jumping and fist fighting all seem so appealing to me!! I would give anything to be able to run again!!!

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Post by Mannie913 » 30 Oct 2016, 08:48

I would have chosen Amity because I love to be outside. In all my groups of friends, I am usually the peacemaker. I could not have fit in with Dauntless because I have many fears. I am not as brave as Tris. I love that knowledge that Erudite has to offer but I don't know if I could just sit and learn constantly. I also don't like how point blank they are. With the Candor faction, I do appreciate that the truth will set you free. However, I think there are somethings that are meant to be a secret and kept from others. I wouldn't like having to take that truth serum. Abnegation has pure roots. I love that they are caring but I don't like the way they are taught to just hide themselves. I personally don't like the whole faction system because I think a working society should have citizens who in capture more than one of these qualities.
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Post by Jennifer Allsbrook » 30 Oct 2016, 20:36

Scott wrote:The following discussion question was included in some copies of the June book of the month, Divergent by Veronica Roth.

What faction do you think you would have been born into, given your family and its values? Which faction would you select at your Choosing Ceremony? Why? How would you feel about making a decision that would determine your life’s course at the age of sixteen?
The faction into which I would have been born would probably have been Amity. My family has a very caring nature and my father was a farmer. At sixteen, I would have chosen to enter into Erudite. I am a firm believer that knowledge is power, quoting Sir Frances Bacon. I have little tolerance for ignorance and believe that education is critical to a successful life and future. I am an educator as a result of this belief which follows the Erudite value of intellect. I think that this would be a hard choice to make at sixteen, especially knowing that you would be forever severed from your family.

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Post by Swara Sangeet » 08 Nov 2016, 13:38

I'm not so sure. I would have probably been born in either Abnegation or Erudite and would probably opt for either, because I love to read and I love to serve people as well!

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Post by AliceofX » 13 Mar 2017, 02:35

As for family, I have several "truth teller" members, and by that I mean people who like to say mean truths and point out the flaws of others while remaining completely oblivious about themselves, and if you even say anything critical about them they immediately get defensive, so might be Candor, but probably Amity since they come from a country background. As for myself, I would probably choose Erudite at 16 because back then I, of course, knew that I was so much smarter than everyone around me. That just goes to show why we don't let 16 year olds define their entire life. Now I would probably choose a different path.

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Post by Scerakor » 27 Mar 2017, 08:45

I think it would be a hard mix of Erudite and Dauntless. I have always (and always will be) a nerd, but have always been an adventuress and reckless spirit as well. I'm sure that Erudite would win out though.

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Post by Christina O Phillips » 31 Mar 2017, 14:05

If I were 16, I think I would have chosen Erudite. I have always loved reading and learning.

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Post by Kailyn » 04 May 2017, 01:59

I would have probably picked Dauntless because I've always loved challenges & it seems to fit my personality best. I've never really fit in just one group of people either so i more than likely would have been a divergent.

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Post by Cinnamon-Paige » 13 May 2017, 13:07

I would have probably tested as a Divergent...
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Post by Misphantom » 15 May 2017, 04:36

I would choose Candor.
Although I am brave enough (and reckless enough) to parkour and face whatever they're going to throw at me, I have a weak body and I live with a sedentary lifestyle. I may be brave enough to jump from a moving train but my body can't handle it.
I'm not an Abnegation person because I'm selfish and I won't trade the only food I have left (especially if it's my favorite) to someone I don't know.
I'm not an Amity type either because I'm not that nice, but I can live with them, I guess.
I'm okay with Erudite. I'm one of the top students in class, but I don't want to spend my whole life in education because I'm easily stressed.
Candor is the perfect faction for me because I am very talkative and I tend to say the first thing that would come out of my mouth. I normally don't care about the consequences. I also abhor lying. When someone lies to me, I won't trust them a second time.
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Post by AlwaysWorthIt » 27 May 2017, 12:20

Wow... what a decision. This is very hard given my family runs more divergent than ever. My mom was brutally honest, she loved to garden and live off the earth, and she was all about adventure and trying new things, like sky diving. My dad lives off the earth, loves adventure, and cares for others so much more than himself. I think that I would be divergent, as well. So choosing would be near impossible. If I had to choose, it would be Erudite. I love to learn.
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