The Challenges Of Personal Integrity Essay

1608 Words Apr 15th, 2016 7 Pages
Challenges to Personal Integrity Did you know that in a study of more than 3,000 adolescent girls, 7 out of 10 believe that they are not good enough? (Firestone). This shows that even in today’s society, where being happy with yourself is highly promoted and practiced, a large majority of us still have things we wish we could change. Even literary characters struggle with self hatred, much like what we see in adolescents today. Self hate in literary characters can often be traced back to decisions they have made which they regret. A character whose integrity is challenged usually struggles with self hatred, which can create more problems for the character, making it more likely that one will be unable to resolve their problem. Literary characters are often faced with challenges to their integrity or morals. When a character is faced with challenges like these, it is usually the driving part of the story. In the novel Divergent, the main character Tris is faced with an immense decision to make - a decision that will change the rest of her life. In the world portrayed in this book, when children reach the age of 16 they must choose a “faction” that they feel best fits their personality and how they wish to live their lives. Prior to this decision, the teens must take an “aptitude test” in order to test their compatibility with each of the factions. After Tris takes her test, the tester informs her that her test results were inconclusive, also known as divergence, and that…

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