Yesterday, I posted a review about Divergent by Veronica Roth. We will now talk about the factions. This is based on the information given in Divergent.
There are five factions: Abnegation, Amity, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. These factions were created to solve some issue that they think destroyed our government last time. The characters’ ancestors said, “it’s not political idealogy, religious belief, or nationalism that is to blame for the warring world. Rather, they determined that it is the fault of human personality–of humankind’s inclination toward evil, in whatever form that is.” (Roth, 42). To solve and prevent this from happening again, each faction devotes themselves to one particular virtue.
The Choosing Ceremony is when sixteen year-olds decide what kind of people they will be. Their choice is based on who they are (you should know yourself), their aptitude test, and whatever else comes to their minds. They are not supposed to have their parents and other family members be a factor in their decision. The faction you choose will determine: your friendships, your beliefs, and your loyalties–forever. After reading this, you may be able to determine which faction you would probably choose.
- They are completely selfless. Members of this faction focuses less on themselves and more on others. They despise selfishness.
- They wear gray clothes and have similar hairstyles. There are few mirrors (vanity is a form of selfishness), houses look the same, and they never try to dig into people’s lives or personal business.
- They usually carry around some kind of food for any factionless people that they see.
- They generally provide selfless leaders in government. Many of them also work in hospitals.
- In the Choosing Ceremony, they are represented by gray stones.
- They are devoted to peace and against aggression.
- The members of Amity wear red and yellow.
- They really work on cultivating strong relationships and understanding, too.
- They generally provide understanding caretakers and counselors.
- In the Choosing Ceremony, they are represented by earth.
- They are completely devoted to honesty and against duplicity.
- They wear black and white clothing, which represents their belief in the truth as being black and white.
- The members are taught to notice facial and bodily cues for when people are lying.
- Generally, Candor provides trustworthy and sound leaders in law.
- In the Choosing Ceremony, they are represented by glass.
- They challenge everything. Bravery is their focus, which is to fight cowardice.
- The Dauntless wear all black. They also tend to get tattoos and some piercings.
- They are the only faction that travels on trains. Minors in this faction get to school by the train. To show their bravery, they must jump off and on to the train.
- Generally, they provide protection from within and without.
- In the Choosing Ceremony, they are represented by lit coals.
- They are devoted to intelligence and despise ignorance.
- The Erudite wear blue.
- Erudites love libraries. Their headquarters has many books and laboratories for their members to learn and research.
- They generally provide intelligent researchers and teachers.
- In the Choosing Ceremony, they are represented by water.
These factions are not limited to the careers mentioned.
Sixteen year-olds may choose to stay in the faction they were born in or transfer to a different one. Most transfers are considered traitors by the factions they were born into. Parents may visit them on designated days, but many don’t visit their transferred children. Those parents are furious about the traitorous behavior of their children.
Now, that you know about the factions, it’s time for your Choosing Ceremony. Which faction do you choose?
Roth, Veronica. Divergent. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2011. Print.