Veronica Roth

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How do we live after an apocalypse? Do we come together and live at peace? Do we live in constant fear and hostility? In Veronica Roth’s “Divergent,” five factions work as a whole to protect the people and prevent another apocalypse; Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), and Erudite (the intelligent). Roth takes us through the life of Beatrice (Tris) Prior by applying eloquent imagery, unorthodox character development, and relatable theme. By far, the easiest way to get the reader interested in a book is to use a plethora of description. The reader enjoys literature more if he or she is able to paint a picture. Roth by all means successfully does just that right off the bat: “The strands…show more content…
By revolving the story around a central idea, the reader can learn a lesson per se. As mentioned before, one of Roth’s central ideas is that if we take the time to look for a solution, we will find one in the end. While this is true, “... [“Divergent”] also movingly explores a more common adolescent anxiety — the painful realization that coming into one’s own sometimes means leaving family behind, both ideologically and physically” (Dominus). This quote is true in that after the simulations, Caleb says, “Beatrice ... We should think of our family ... But. But we must also think of ourselves” (36). Caleb is telling Beatrice that as much as she might not want to leave their parents, she needs to think about what is better for herself. A second example of when the idea of leaving one’s parents is necessary in order to proceed with life is shown is when Beatrice comes to realize “Tomorrow at the Choosing Ceremony, I will decide on a faction; I will decide the rest of my life; I will decide to stay with my family or abandon them” (2). She understands that moving on in life might require her to leave her parents behind. Despite this just being part of a story, it really transposes to the real world. If a child goes off to college, he or she might be required to leave his or her parents behind. Or perhaps that child wants to start a family of his or her own. That child isn’t going to be started at his or her parents’ house. The child will move out of the house away from his or her parents’ house. It’s part of life. Children separate from their parents to start the next generation and restart the cycle of life. A third lesson we can take away from this novel is what happens when a group of people gains too much power. All it takes is one person or group of people who thinks he or she can control the aspects of society better than it currently is running. When a
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