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Divergent Movie Essay

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Christopher Loera
Professor Melissa Filbeck
English 113A
Divergent Essay rough Draft
Imagine being divided into one of five jobs and not seeing your family after the
age of eighteen. There are many movies that are being presented with a dystopian theme
such as Divergent which was directed by Neil Burger in 2014. Comparing life in the
movie Divergent and life in our present day is not so different when it comes to social
division. In Divergent the community is divided into factions which can be compared to
our society where people are divided by race, in the government, neighborhoods, schools
and even jobs.
The movie Divergent is set in the future. When you are born you inherit your
family’s faction but it’s not until you’re 18 when you take a test and you get to choose
your own faction out of five. Once you choose this faction that means there is no going
back from your decision, the one you choose is the one you will die with. This faction
that you choose will be your new family and your number one priority. Your new motto
will then be “Faction over blood”. Meaning your old family is nothing it’s the future you
will have with your faction.
There are many ways that our society gets divided but the most popular way is
through race. Not only because of the history that goes behind the word but it’s who we
are physically. Take a look at our government. We’re not just a number to them but we
are labeled as White, Hispanic, African American or Asian. Any papers that we fill out
for the government they make you check a box based on your race. It is said on the NCBI

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website that the most popular documents that require for people to put down a race or
ethnicity are hospital forms, when people go to vote and when the census comes around
every ten years (Campbell). The people of color feel that when they put down their race
and ethnicity the government already have many stereotypes about them presumptions
that might view them in a bad way. People say that when they fill out any papers that it
shouldn’t matter how they look or who they are the only part that should matter is the
answer to the questions being asked. In Divergent the clothing that each fraction wears is
like their race because each fraction is known for their color and attitude. Once you
choose your faction you cant switch such as today you cant change the color of your skin.
There are thousands of cities in the United States. Most cites are known for their
race population, of course there’s a mix of races but there is always a majority race. We
tend to categorize our own cities. We say South L.A is known to be majority African
American, East L.A is populated with many Latinos, Beverley Hills has a lot of Persian
decent and Sherman Oaks is majority white and Jewish (Vanhemert). Some people tend
to choose certain cities to stay in based on their race. But the influence goes back to the
slavery times and how people of color were segregated from whites. If it wasn’t for the
slavery era most cities in the world today would be mixed and not dominated by a single
race. This idea is very much presented in the movie based on how the community is
divided up into 5 sections. Within those five sections it is only fraction populated
meaning anyone in the Dauntless section will only be people from Dauntless with the
same clothing to make sure your from that fraction. Such as when Tris the main actress
goes to visit her brother at his fraction everyone gives her a weird look, making it

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Christopher Loera Professor Melissa Filbeck English 113A Divergent Essay rough Draft Imagine being divided into one of five jobs and not seeing your family after the age of eighteen. There are many movies that are being presented with a dystopian theme such as Divergent which was directed by Neil Burger in 2014. Comparing life in the movie Divergent and life in our present day is not so different when it comes to social division. In Divergent the community is divided into factions which can be compared to our society where people are divided by race, in the government, neighborhoods, schools and even jobs. The movie Divergent is set in the future. When you are born you inherit your family’s faction but it’s not until you’re 18 when you take a test and you get to choose your own faction out of five. Once you choose this faction that means there is no going back from your decision, the one you choose is the one you will die with. This faction that you choose will be your new family and your number one priority. Your new motto will then be “Faction over blood”. Meaning your old family is nothing it’s the future you will have with your faction. There are many ways that our ...
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