A Dystopian Society: A Life Lesson

A Dystopian Society: A Life Lesson

How Divergent by Veronica Roth taught me to be myself.

A Dystopian Society: A Life Lesson
Divergent Series

One choice can define you.

Dystopia. A post-apocalyptic city; Chicago, surrounded by a wall keeping the people of the city safe. Five factions, or groups, house the citizens of the city. The leaders of each faction say that they're lucky to be inside the wall, grateful of the protection that it offers.

Human nature, they say, is to blame for our problems. But, how is that possible? Ask the five factions.

The city of Chicago is divided into the five factions. Dauntless, Erudite, Candor, Amity and Abnegation. They each have a prominent quality, a quality that they pride themselves in. But in turn, there is a certain quality that they resent, blame for our faults in life.

Dauntless. Warriors dressed in black and ready to rumble, believe in bravery and courage. Coals and fire represent their quick-burning, hot way of life. Protectors of the city, they are strong willed and ready to defend.

"We believe in ordinary acts of bravery and the courage that raises one person to stand up for another."

- Max, Dauntless leader.

Fear. Cowardice. They, in dauntless, loathe fear. If you're a coward, you don't belong. Dauntless. Never. Give. Up. "A brave man never surrenders."

- Eric, Divergent pg 95.

Erudite, they're too smart for their own good. They seem to have brains that never ever fill up. They value knowledge, learning and intelligence. Dressed in blue, they spend their time studying and learning all that they can. An eye represents their view into the minds. They are the cities teachers, medical staff and researchers, they are in charge of delivering their information to the others.

"Erudite can tell the truth because they have the facts."

- Will, Erudite born, Dauntless.

They believe ignorance is far from bliss. Human nature is their enemy. Knowledge is power and knowledge makes you stronger.

"I think human nature is the enemy. It's human nature to keep secrets, lie, steal, and I want to eradicate that. That's how we'll maintain a stable peaceful society." - Jeanine Matthews, Erudite Leader.

Candor. Black and white represent the black and white way of truth. Truth and justice go hand in hand. They work together for a better society. Truth keeps the peace, because if you lie you're just going to hurt yourself. Their honesty leaves them in charge of the judicial system. They provide a balance in life.

"At least we tell the truth" - Christina, Divergent.

Dishonesty is the end of a candor's line. Dishonesty is what makes people go mad. When you're honest, you're open and when you're open, your just. "That might be your truth, it’s not necessarily mine." - Jack Kang, Candor Leader, Insurgent.

Amity. Happy, loving, singing and sunshine. Bright, warm colors represent their loving, happy, peaceful environment. In charge of the farms just beyond the fence, Amity grows crops and raise live-stock. The tree represents their connection to the Earth and their role as food providers for the factions.

" Great leaders don’t seek power, they’re called by necessity" - Johanna Reyes, Amity representative.

Amity doesn't despise anything. But if they did, it would be war and aggression. War, fighting and anger are what we should blame for human kind's issues. "Cruel thoughts lead to cruel words, and hurt you as much as they hurt their target." - Amity Manifesto.

Abnegation. Their personalities are as gray and boring as their clothes. Abnegation are public servants, chosen to run the government and care takers of the factionless, or those who don't belong to a faction. Being selfless makes you pure.

"No offense but I'm surprised Abnegation even eats at all. To selfish right? No wonder you left." - Christina, Divergent

If you're selfless, you're okay. Abnegation blame the selfish. Selfishness is to blame for human error. If you do not help others, you are helping yourself. "The others all call us "stiffs". We lead a simple life, selfless, dedicated to helping others." - Tris Prior, Divergent.

According to the Divergent dystopian society, I can't be honest, intelligent, brave, selfless and kind. But I can. We all can. That's what makes us human beings, but more importantly, that's what makes us people.

Four/Tobias Eaton, an Abnegation born Dauntless transfer says it well. "I don't want to be just one thing. I can't be. I want to be brave and I want to be selfless, intelligent, honest and kind."

Thanks to this three book, four movie series, I learned. I learned that I can be brave while being scared, dishonest in my honesty, learn as I go, be selfish by being selfless and be peaceful and assertive at once.

Divergent taught me that I can be brave, honest, intelligent, kind and selfless all at the same time.

Divergent taught me that only in my head, will I find a blame for human kind from something within me.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

119 People Reveal How The Pandemic Has Affected Their Love Lives, And Honestly... Relatable

"I haven't been able to get out of the 'talking phase' with anyone."

The reality is, there's no part of life the pandemic hasn't affected. Whether it's your work life, your home life, your social life, or your love life, coronavirus (COVID-19) is wreaking havoc on just about everything — not to mention people's health.

When it comes to romance, in particular, people are all handling things differently and there's no "right way" of making it through, regardless of your relationship status (single, taken, married, divorced, you name it). So, some of Swoon's creators sought out to hear from various individuals on how exactly their love lives have been affected since quarantine began.

Keep Reading... Show less

Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B just dropped the hottest summer single yet. It's called "WAP" and we're going to get into all the intoxicating lyrics.

This song empowers females and their sexuality. These women put the ridiculous music industry female beef to bed, and I mean tucked away in a coma.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Write Down The Holy Grail Recipe Everyone Begs You To Make

Because everyone has a signature cocktail, cake, or pasta they bring to every potluck.


From back when I used to bring my mom's classic white chocolate chip cookies to preschool on my birthday to now stirring up my signature tequila cocktails at every friends' barbecue, I've always had a couple of standby recipes in my culinary rotation.

Keep Reading... Show less

Meet My Cat: Cheshire, The Stray Turned House Cat Who Lives in Michigan

I never considered myself a cat person, but Chess immediately stole my heart.

Madelyn Darbonne

In 2016, a stray cat gave birth to a litter of three grey kittens on my aunt and uncle's property. I had never considered myself to be much of a cat person, but these furballs immediately stole my heart. I got to watch them grow up until they were old enough to leave their mother's side.

Keep Reading... Show less

How To Binge-Watch A TV Show —And Then Write A Review About It

Writing your favorite and least favorite things about a show could not be more fun.

Photo by Mollie Sivaram on Unsplash

Looking for a new show to binge? Stop scrolling through your options and listen.

Sometimes a good show doesn't come down to the genre or the actors involved, it comes down to the fact that it is simply a GOOD show. If any of these things sound appealing to you, you should definitely watch.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

11 Reasons Why Getting A Cat Is The Best Thing You Can Do For Your Mental Health

Cats may mess up your puzzles but they'll always love you unconditionally — as long as you have some catnip, that is.

Scout Guarino

Alright, everyone, it's time to stop spreading the rumor that all cats are mean, aloof, and hate everyone. Like dogs, each cat has its own personality and tendencies. Some like a lot of attention, some like less — each person has to find the right cat for them. As for me, my cats Bienfu and Reptar have seen me at my worst, but they've also helped pull me out of it. They're a constant in my life and they give me the strength to get through the day in spite of my depression, and there's even scientific evidence to support it!

Keep Reading... Show less

I've been bleaching my hair since I was in seventh grade. Yes, you read that correctly, seventh grade. That's nearly 10 years of maintaining a very light shade of blonde that too-often brings about dryness and brittle strands.

Keep Reading... Show less

Chances are if you're here, you're probably interested in writing an open letter. Yay! We're excited to have you.

Of course, not all open letters are created equal. In fact, there's a recipe to writing one for Odyssey that'll get featured on one of our many verticals. When it comes to Swoon specifically (for those new around here, that's our dating and relationships vertical), we receive dozens of open letters each month, many of which are all very similar.

Keep Reading... Show less

With a new phone comes great responsibility: Do not break it! And the best way to do that is with a case. However, picking a case can be a challenge. No need to fret, I am here to help break down some of the best cases for the new iPhone SE 2020. Honestly, I think it's going to be impossible to choose!

Keep Reading... Show less

To some who have been out of the dating world for a while, it can be hard to get back into the swing of things after being single for some time. So, I asked 26 people what they think is important to know before looking for love again, here's what they had to say.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments