The significance of the relationship between the society and of the government is crucial. If the connection between the two becomes unbalanced, can lead to dangerous circumstances. Veronica Roth’s dystopian novel Divergent paints a picture of what giving the government too much power would be like and how it can affect society. The book shows how the strength and stability between these two relationships depends on power and who is controlling that power.
Throughout the novel, there are multiple examples of what our government today is capable of. It shows how giving the government too much power opens a possibility for them to misuse it, it opens a door to constant surveillance and how it is threatening to civilization. Divergent is about a 16 year old girl named Beatrice/Tris who lives in the post-apocalyptic Chicago, IL. The surviving population of this futuristic Chicago, are divided into 5 factions which dependent on the individuals personality. Abnegation, for the selfless; Amity, for the peaceful; Candor, for the honest; Dauntless, for the brave; and Erudite, for the intelligent. Every year, all 16 year olds take an aptitude test that shows what faction the individual is best suited for based on their personality. Beatrice (then turned Tris) was originally born into Abnegation but always new she didn’t belong there. Her aptitude test moreless supports her uncertainty by indicating her aptitude for 3 factions: Erudite, Dauntless and Abnegation.
Beatrice’s tester warns her not to tell anyone about her aptitude results as they make her a Divergent. The next day, all 16 year olds attend the Choosing Ceremony in which they choose their faction based off there aptitude results. Marcus (the Abnegation leader) who hosts the ceremony and says:”Welcome to the Choosing Ceremony. Welcome to the day we honor the democratic philosophy of our ancestors, which tells us that every man has the right to choose his own way in this world”(41-42). I think this is a strategy that the government uses on their citizens to make them believe that them choosing what faction they end up in is actually their choice. In reality however, they have been tricked into taking the simulation serum and completing the ‘exam’.
On the other hand, if you don’t fit into any faction you are looked down upon. The people that don’t belong in a faction are called the “factionless” and are treated/comparable to the homeless in our society/culture today. In Divergent the government abuses their power and blinds its people by molding each person into someone or more something they can control. In the book, the government controls almost everything which leaves very little for the citizens to think and do for themselves. The amount of authority that they have is not satisfactory for any of the citizens because when one side of the government gains too much power; it is almost hopeless to get it back. One example would be a quote from Tris in the beginning of the book: “I think of the motto I read in my Faction History textbook: Faction before blood. More than family, our factions are where we belong. Can that possibly be right?” What this quote shows is that the government is willing to make there people believe that authority and rules are more valuable and important than family.
In other words they want to control people from having any other wishes or interests other than their factions and their factions beliefs/motto. The government however is paranoid that if someone where to rebel against this idea that they would lose their power which is why they are always looking out for people who can resist there system.