Virtues In The Movie 'Divergent' By Veronica Roth

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Q1. The movie Divergent takes place in futuristic Chicago where society is divided into five factions based on the following virtues: Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Candor. Veronica Roth demonstrates examples of each faction throughout her two movies to helps us understand their characteristics, behaviors, and norms. A person who’s dominate virtue is abnegation does not focus on appearance or vanity; they wear clothing that is conservative, simple and gray. The only accessory they wear is a watch with no additional adornments. They have a high dedication to selflessness as they value the needs of others above their own needs. They are also known as “Stiffs”. As Tris adapts to the Dauntless faction she appears resistant to change…show more content…
However, he disbelieves we come into the world with those virtues because otherwise they would be innate. He “explicitly states that none of people’s moral virtues are determined by nature” (Prus 19). Aristotle further tries to proves his point by offering the example of a stone; “by nature moves downwards cannot be habituated to move upwards, not even if one tries to train it by throwing it up” (Ross 20). Similarly, Veronica Roth portrays the virtues as being both acquired and innate and supports her position throughout her books. Tris is born into the abnegation faction; her upbringing plays a crucial role regarding the beliefs, traditions, and behavior she is accustomed to. Most importantly, being selfless is highly nurtured and that is all she knows. At 16 years old, she takes the aptitude test and discovers she is Divergent. Tris shocks her family and her peers when she chooses Dauntless faction. She has to adapt to the lifestyle and culture of this faction to fit in and make it to the end. Tris expresses this struggle as she states, “it will be difficult to break the habits of thinking Abnegation instilled in me, like tugging a single thread from a complex work of embroidery. But I will find new habits, new thoughts, new rules. I will become something else” (Divergent 87). She learns to take risks and demonstrate acts of bravery. But, even before she is exposed to her…show more content…
I believe one of the most thought-provoking ethical issues in Divergent is the issue of social classes. Society is organized by factions which in my opinion is a form of segregation. People are convinced it is acceptable to live in separate factions to impede an unstable society and nurture the physical and moral welfare of society. It appears there is a hierarchy among the factions and some are inherently better than others. The main purpose of the factions is to prevent war and live in peace. However, the factions do the opposite of maintaining harmony and structure; the five-faction structure dictates how people should live their lives. People conform and behave according to the norms of each faction. People lose a sense of their personal identity and individuality as they are expected to act and look a certain way. Tris struggles with the question of identity and finding herself. Although Tris misses her family, she feels she doesn’t belong with them: “my problem might be that even if I did go home, I wouldn't belong there, among people who give without thinking and care without trying” (Divergent 122). Her deeply ingrained upbringing also causes an internal struggle to adapt to traditions associated with her new faction. Another consequence of the five-faction structure is chaos as the Erudite faction attempts overthrow the Abnegation faction. The Erudite faction, especially Janine, believe they should control the government. For this reason, Erudite forms an

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