Divergent Movie Analysis

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In the movie Divergent, the setting is in the futuristic and post-apocalyptic Chicago. The society is divided into five factions based on human virtues: Amity, Abnegation, Candor, Dauntless, and Erudite. Individuals who don’t belong to any of the five factions are called Factionless. People choose their factions at the age of 16 after their psychological aptitude tests. The test indicates what faction for which they are best suited and people normally choose according to the test result, though they have the right to choose any faction as their permanent group at the Choosing Ceremony the day after the test. Beatrice Prior, born into Abnegation, chooses to be a Dauntless though her test result shows that she is a Divergent with three equal …show more content…
The first one is the Transfer, including Tris, Christina, Al, and Will. The second one is the entire Dauntless group which mostly consists of Dauntless-born. In the first social group, the Transfer, they share many common characteristics and similar behaviors. First of all, they were born into other factions but choose to be a Dauntless. Also, since they have never lived like a Dauntless before, they are unfamiliar with the rules among Dauntless, which makes them feel unconfident and difficult to fit in the Dauntless group. For example, when Tris and Christina are having their first meal in the Dauntless center, it is hard for them to find an appropriate place to sit due to a lack of belongingness. Though unfamiliar with the rules and the people in Dauntless, all of the Transfer try extremely hard to fit in the new faction. For instance, after the Choosing Ceremony, they follow what Dauntless-born are doing so as to fit in and to behave like a Dauntless. They want to prove that they are also fearless so they jump off from the train to the rooftop and Tris even volunteers to be the first one to jump into the Dauntless Center, though it is the first time for them to do something so bold. Also, later during the training, all of the Transfer make their best effort to succeed in the training and pass the …show more content…
By forming a group in which they gradually develop friendships, they could gain support from each other, under the great pressure from Eric, the brutal leader who always gives unreasonable commands and threatens the Transfers. For instance, Tris takes a stand against Eric to support Will when Eric tries to insult Wil l during the knife-throwing training. Moreover, this is the turning point that Tris becomes the center of this group because everyone in the group praises her for her bravery. However, the harmonious and friendly atmosphere is broken by Al later when he tries to kill Tris but fails. In fact, if supporting each other is the social norm in this group, Al could be viewed as the one who broke the social norm out of selfishness. Because he feared that he would be below the cut-off line after Tris climbed up above him in the ranking. After violating the group norm, Al is no longer their friend and at the margins of the

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