Divergence Essay

1912 words - 8 pages

The author of Divergent ,Veronica Roth, analyzes as to why people act and thinks the way they do and to why they defy the system. She uses the psychological aspects of behavior genetics, neuroscience, and social cultural. The norms are what allow societies to thrive, without the norms society would go into chaos as no one would be able to be kept in line. Divergent follows the life of a young girl who is faced with the choice to decide in which faction to spend the rest of her days. Unlike her peers and fellow city, she is not in the norm she can not be just one personal trait nor could she be manipulated through simulations. In this utopian society everyone is classified into five factions based on mental state; However, Beatrice Prior’s mental state can not be classified into just one faction as her brain structure and genetics are not damaged, like the vast majority of the city.
Genetic Damaged
Everyone in the factions has a place, everyone has one genetic trait, all except the divergent. In the book Divergent there are five factions, each faction was made up by one personality trait. The traits were Abnegation (selfless), Amity (peace), Candor (honesty), Dauntless (brave), and Erudite (intelligent). After taking a serum that stimulates the brain to produce simulations in which the different simulation eliminated one faction. The main character Tris ( originally named Beatrice Prior) did not eliminate four factions but had an inconclusive result, as she only eliminated two factions out of the five possible factions. It is later revealed that the factions were created within a fenced city to protect it from the outside. The outside is full of constant violent war; this is caused by damaged genetics that causes the brain to make people react in a certain matter. The Bureau of Genetic Welfare was the one who created the factions by taking a selected amount of people to use in the experiment and erase their memories. Later adding people from the outside to help increase divergence to the experiment. Allowing the divergent population to increase. The Bureau believed the people kept in captivity in the experiment would help bring peace to the world as they contain more than one personality trait and their genetics were not damaged but in fact cured from the damaged inflicted during the great war. ‘
“A video starts playing in the room in which some human woman states that everyone was put within the safety of the fence because on the outside humanity is killing each other. The video goes on to state that once there are enough Divergent, they should exit the fence and save those on the outside.” (Judith, 2013).
.Once the divergent population were to be at a high enough number the truth of to why the factions were created would be revealed to the factions in an effort to take the divergent to the outside and help bring sanity to the outside world’s population.
Comfort zone
The plan to release the divergent population was spoiled when...

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