Divergent - Veronica Roth. response to text essay.

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Divergent

Title: Divergent
Author: Veronica Roth
Date Read: 10/01/14 - 16/01/14
Cultural Perspective: American
Critical Reputation: Winner of the Publisher’s Weekly’s Best Book Of 2011
Text Type: Novel

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The novel “Divergent” written by author Veronica Roth is a thrilling story about the love and sacrifice of two teenagers (Tris and Four) 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 members of each faction must live their lives according to the value of their faction, whether it be Bravery for Dauntless, selflessness for
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This theme is not only prominent in this novel; the theme of separation plays a large part in other novels such as “The Hunger Games” trilogy written by Susanne Collins. In “The Hunger Games”, much like in “Divergent”, everyone is separated into 12 different districts with one district (The Capitol) ruling over the others. I believe that the idea of equality and how badly we need it is summarised by this quote from Joss Whedon, an American actor and director. “Equality is not a concept. It's not something we should be striving for. It's a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women.” This quote points out that the human race will not be able to progress through life if we keep separating ourselves, discriminating others and putting ourselves in different groups. I feel that “Divergent” has really shown this in a way that really connects to the readers. I have found that, author Veronica Roth, has really developed her characters throughout the plot of her book. She also shows the effects that one character can have on another and how other characters can influence the character development of another. It was the character Four that has really given me a sense of this development. At the beginning of this novel Four was portrayed as having a hard “exterior” and not having much emotion. It is not until the character Tris becomes a part of Four’s life, does he start to develop

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