Throughout history you see many leaders, groups, races and religions trying to take the symbolic throne of superiority and try to live above the rest of society. I stand on the strongest affirmation that all of this is caused by one thing, separation, however, the best way to overcome separation, discrimination, and dictatorship is to come together as a whole, defined as one race, which is the human race as we know and rise above.
In today’s society no one is treated equally, let’s be real, and we are all being discriminated against each other, worst part about it is, by each other. The government, higher authority, turn races on another, we are never really able to stand as one without being told otherwise. It is through our judgemental ways that we continue to stay separated without a change. Even now if you look at the wars in countries such as Iraq, it is the separation of different religious beliefs that is causing many deaths. Not to mention, religious discrimination is most definitely not the only problem in today’s society, we have race, gender, class, the list goes on.
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It became clear to me that, author Veronica Roth of Divergent, has similar views on separation. I felt like this after reading her quote, she talks about the effects the separation of the factions had on some of the characters, “Because it forced people to become narrower, twisted versions of themselves, and they ripped each other apart.” This quote really sums up what I believe the separation of the factions did to the character Jeanine Matthews.
Separation and discrimination is taught nobody is ever born with the knowledge of what is to be wrong or right, who is superior, what races are to be frowned upon, or praised. there is no book or set moral values, therefore, we must stand together as a whole, one race, the human race, and rise above, as stated previously. To begin studies, Veronica Roth, analyzes as to why people act and think the way they do and to why they defy the system. She uses the psychological aspects of behavior genetics, neuroscience, and sociocultural. It is a thrilling story about the love and sacrifice of two teenagers (Tris, originally named Beatrice Prior, and Four, originally named Tobias Eaton) living in dystopian America. This novel follows the hardship of citizens living in a community where everyone must be separated into groups called factions.
The standard given aspects within Divergent are what allow societies to thrive, without the usual, society would go into chaos as no one would be able to be kept in line, supposedly… when in all reality we are not meant to be restricted, we are meant to go beyond our norms and be our own self not what a faction tells us we will be for the rest of our lives, almost like superior religion, what religion is the best religion, if chosen otherwise, death is your wish. The members of each faction must live their lives according to the value of their faction.Unlike her peers and fellow city, Tris is not in the norm she cannot be just one personal trait nor could she be manipulated through simulations. In this dystopian society, everyone is classified into one of five factions based on mental state; 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. Tris did not eliminate four factions but had an inconclusive result, as she only eliminated two factions out of the five possible factions, Tris mental state cannot be classified into just one faction as her brain structure and genetics are not damaged, like majority of the city, Tris is Divergent. The antagonist of this novel is Jeanine Matthews, Jeanine Matthews thought that the Abnegation faction was not worthy enough to be a part of her plan for a new community and way of life, therefore, she launched an attack on the Abnegation, such as many corrupt historical leaders and even today’s leaders have done.
For instance, race, we are always being turned against each other thinking ones color defines their superiority. Everyone in the factions has a place, everyone has one genetic trait, all except the divergent. 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; 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 of the damaged inflicted during the great war.
It became clear to me that, author Veronica Roth has similar views on separation. I felt like this after reading her quote where she talks about the effects the separation of the factions had on some of the characters, “Because it forced people to become narrower, twisted versions of themselves, and they ripped each other apart.” This quote really does sum up what I believe the separation of the factions did to the character Jeanine Matthews. This aspect of the book greatly reminds me of Hitler and how he was aiming to achieve one “master race.” Hitler believed that the Jews were inferior and were considered less than human, weak, and unworthy, therefore, he did not want them to be a part of his “master race.” Jeanine Matthews thought that the Abnegation faction was not worthy enough to be a part of her plan for a new community and way of life therefore she launched an attack on the Abnegation. Here we see a corrupt powerhouse, seeking to take the metaphorical throne of superiority and try to live above the rest of society.
Overall, Divergent was a book written about today through the futuristic lens, and with that being said, we must take notice and allow ourselves to open our minds and take charge, as a whole. Veronica Roth did write this book with a sense of entertainment, however entertainment is the least bit we should take into consideration, more over, we need to take the message she gives to us through the novel. Separation and discrimination is what’s tearing the world apart even more than it already was, although we have came along way, yet it is still evident.