I finally saw Divergent on Friday night and it was really good. It had great characters and an even greater villain, Jeanine, played by Kate Winslet. What made Jeanine such a real villain was her motivation. She didn't want world domination, she was just doing what she thought to be the right.
Anyway, during the film I turned to my friend and asked her, "What faction would you pick?" If you're not familiar with the movie, the society is split into five factions and each represents a personality type. The five factions are:
Abnegation - Selfless
Amity - Peaceful
Candor - Truthful
Erudite - Intelligent
Dauntless - Brave
Of course she chose Abnegation and I chose Erudite. We laughed and the film rolled on. Somewhere along the way, something clicked and I understood, finally, the major point of the film. You shouldn't have to choose a faction because no one fits in one box. The fact that some people would be happy to be in one of the factions scares me a little.
The factions are made to control the people, that's the whole point of them. The characters are forced to choose a a box and that's who they have to be for their entire life. People are much more complicated than that and there's more to life than those five boxes. Personally, I want to be selfless, truthful, brave, intelligent, creative and so much more.
I've seen some stuff on the interwebs about comparisons of the factions to the houses in Harry Potter. The houses in Harry Potter are only for the seven years of schooling and they don't determine what you're going to do for your entire life. They're only meant to help you unlock your potential, which the society in Divergent wants to stop.
If you haven't already seen Divergent, go and watch it or read the novel. If you ever think about being in any faction in the story, instead, turn you attention to thinking about being a Divergent and being anything you want to be.
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Anjulie Te Pohe
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