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Independece In Divergent By Veronica Roth And Pygmalion By Bernard Shaw

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For many, literature is an escape. It creates new worlds for us to explore and ultimately teaches us lessons that we take into our everyday life. One of the main topics literature focuses on is conformity. It challenges the values society attempts to place upon people. Similarly, in life people face many challenges. They have values and standards they are forced to uphold as well see a stigma surrounding the consequences if they fail to conform. In the novel Divergent by Veronica Roth and the play Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw the main characters break the barriers bestowed upon them in their own societies and ultimately become their own persons through gaining independence, standing up for what they think is right, and choosing the path they want for themselves. Without characters like this in novels, literature would be monotonous and stagnant. Everyone would be unoriginal since they conform to the same rules.
In Divergent, Tris is the poster child for going against conformity. She chooses her own path in life, goes against “the test”, and she challenges any standards that society places out for her. Tris leaves her faction, abnegation, because “[she isn’t] selfless enough, no matter how hard [she tries] to be." (pg 336) She isn’t what her faction obliges her to be, and unlike many others she did not try to become something she was not. She moves onto something that suits herself better. “Every faction conditions its members to think and act a certain way. And most people do it. For most people, it's not hard to learn, to find a pattern of thought that works and stay that way.” (pg 442) but the Divergents’ “minds move in a dozen different directions. [They] can't be confined to one way of thinking, and that terrifies [their] leaders. It means [they] can't be controlled. And it means that no matter what they do, [they] will always cause trouble for them.” (pg 442) All of the divergents’ challenges the conforms their society places upon them, they don’t follow the one characteristic life styles that their faction tries to be, they are their own people. That why the “The aptitude test” was created, to weave out the Divergents’ from the easily conformed. It is a simulation the children go through before the choosing ceremonies, is “meant to tell them what to do” and the leaders want the children on choosing ceremony day to decide their own faction however, in actuality, Tris knows that not what the leaders want. She does not follow what the test told her, she decides “it’s my choice now, no matter what the test says.“ (pg 23) and in doing so she was going against what her society wanted of her. Tris’ test results are inconclusive telling her she is a Divergent, the person doing the test tells her to stick with her faction to avoid any issues but Tris goes against that and choice what she feels is right for her, keeping her individualism. Later on in the novel, she challenges the entire society by fighting the conforms that the rules of the society are...

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