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doyle5 wrote:Its a mind control tactic. If you say something enough to someone then the average person will believe it. You see this a lot among states, for instance, Texas pride, Oregonians, Californians.
I agree completely. I think it's also worth mentioning that there's a genetic argument for siding with your blood - there is something to altruism from a gene's point of view, after all. "Factions" remind me more of the dystopian idea of raising children without their parents, which, if I recall correctly, hasn't ever worked out well for anyone in real life.
"Faction Before Blood" is similar to "Water is thicker than Blood", which is basically the opposite of "Blood is Thicker than water". Did that make any sense?
— T.S. Eliot
Trying to apply this concept to modern American society as a whole doesn't really work, at least not in the same way that it does in the books. You might see a similar mentality in gangs, for example. In some areas it is more than frowned upon to associate with members of other gangs, especially rival gangs. Members are often punished or killed for violating this expectation.
I think that modern America places more emphasis on maintaining blood relations, regardless of your chosen path. However, I think this emphasis has decreased over time. It used to be that families stayed together through generations, often having multiple generations in a single home. Children were expected to take care of their parents as the aged, stay close to home, etc. Over time, our society has encouraged a position on pursuing your own dreams and "leaving the nest". More children move away from home at an earlier age and oftentimes move far away from their parents. Marriage doesn't always represent a uniting of families, like it used to. It is almost a bragging right to marry someone that your parents do not agree with (Romeo & Juliet for example). Love comes before family. People are encouraged to think more about themselves than their families than they used to be, which supports the idea of "faction before blood", except the new commitment is to yourself.
It's what we have all struggled with at some point or another since the dawn of time.
You yourself as a person have ideas, veiws, opinions!!!
Your family wants you to think and act one way.
You are torn between the loyalty to your blood, and roots, and becoming your own person and standing by what you believe in.
I think this series illustrates that perfectly.
At some point in all our lives we are forced to choose between what we have always known and loved... What is safe if you will. And what we think and desire to become.
Life. Take the leap. Sometimes you find new family who will never replace what was but show you it's okay to be you. Even if you crash and burn sometimes.
Scott wrote:The following discussion question was included in some copies of the June book of the month, Divergent by Veronica Roth.
How does the idea of “faction before blood” come into play throughout the book? Do you think this idea has a place in today’s society, or is it contrary to what most people believe? In our society, what ideas and beliefs are people loyal to in the way Tris’s society is loyal to the concept of the factions?
"Faction before blood" comes in to play throughout the book, but first surfaces as Tris is confronted with the choice of faction. She has been tested and has been exploring the idea of other factions as she watches them and considers her own choice. When it comes down to it and she has to choose, that moment of indecision occurs. Should she choose her own faction and remain with her family or should she branch out? It takes courage to make the choice to join a different faction, but Tris goes with her gut a makes the choice to leave the familiar and join Dauntless. Continued issues arise as Tris realizes that her original faction is being threatened and she can't help but worry for her parents. Do those blood ties really die? In today's society, I do not see very many "faction before blood" situations arising. Some examples that might qualify would be the influence of gangs on their members. Once a person joins a gang, they become the person's "family". I have not been exposed personally to individuals who are in gangs, but have seen documentaries about the life they lead. It seems that loyalty to the gang precedes any other loyalties. Cults might be another example. People who join a cult often sever ties to family.