Divergent Argument Essay

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The book “Divergent” is a story about a girl living in a futuristic world placed in Chicago. “Divergent” has strong character development, and Veronica Roth, the author, did a great job with incorporating a lot of themes. The book is told from the perspective of sixteen year old Beatrice Prior. In the beginning, Beatrice is a small, weak, shy girl who doesn’t have a lot of confidence, but over time she improves (Roth). Beatrice Prior was born into the faction Abnegation. Abnegation is the faction for people who have giving hearts. Abnegation members reject vanity and do many things to put that to use, such as only looking in the mirror for a few moments every six months. These people have to do everything in their power to put themselves after others. They also can’t even allow themselves to be curious.…show more content…
They had to overcome their fears, whether through simulations, a mental obstacle, or in the physical world. Veronica Roth stated she often imagined- when she created Tris and her character development- repeating the following quote by Frank Herbert to herself: “I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain” (appendix of Divergent). Power was important in the world Tris lived in. The Dauntless leaders had to fight for their higher positions during their initiations. There was competition amongst the factions themselves for power in government. The Erudite faction wanted more say in politics and this created tension between them and the Abnegation who help the political power (Roth). There was also mental power. The newcomers had to be mentally powerful to survive their initiation and fight for their place as a
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