Shailene Woodley starrer 'Divergent' factions explained

Tuesday, 11 March 2014 - 9:15pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

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'Divergent' based on the best selling novel by Veronica Roth is set in a futuristic Chicago. The story revolves around people who are tested when they are young and subsequently divided into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Each represents a different virtue, and teenagers have to decide if they want to stay in their faction or switch to another - for the rest of their lives. Beatrice 'Tris' Prior (Shailene Woodley) discovers that she is Divergent, meaning she does not fit into any one faction, and soon uncovers a sinister plot brewing in her seemingly perfect society.

Abnegation (The Selfless)
The faction that values selflessness in the service of others. These are ones who do community service. The dystopian society of Chicago is ruled by a council of fifty people, composed entirely of representatives from Abnegation because their faction is incorruptible, due to their commitment to selflessness. Abnegation's color is grey. They must wear all grey loose fitting clothes to not attract attention to themselves. They can also wear a plain watch. 

Erudite (The Intelligent)

According to the norms of the faction, it is dictated that a faction member must wear at least one blue article of clothing at a time, because blue causes the body to release calming chemicals which attest to their saying, a calm mind is a clear mind. It is also noted that Erudites are big on speeches and that Eloquence are for them. 

Dauntless (The Brave)

Dauntless are those who are brave, fearless almost. They strive to become fearless and indestructible. The Dauntless are those who guard the fence, making sure no one gets in or out, and are the best soldiers. Dauntless' colour is black, in which members completely dress. Dark makeup and tattoos are also recommended for members. 

Amity (The Peaceful)

The faction who values peace above else. The ones who try to make everything peaceful. Members of the Amity Faction are dressed in red or yellow. Every time Tris sees them, they look kind, loving and free. Amity children are seen playing hand clapping games and singing songs. They mostly have a laid back happy-go-lucky attitude and are viewed as artists. Yet despite that, Amity has given Chicago understanding counselors and caretakers. 

Candor (The Honest)

The faction that values honesty. The ones who can’t even tell one little lie. A member of the Candor faction can be recognized because of his black suit and white tie, a Candor's standard uniform. They see the truth as black and white so that is what they wear. Through the years, the Candor Faction provided the people with trustworthy and sound leaders in law. Candor children are seen to make wide gestures with their hands and appear to be arguing. They are very truthful and would even frankly and tactlessly say what they feel. The candor initiation does not utilize simulation but utilize lie detectors tests and truth serum.

There is one more group that is not part of the social classes or factions. These are the factionless. These are the people who failed to complete their initiation into whatever faction they chose and live in poverty, doing the work no one else wants to do. They are the janitors, construction workers and garbage collectors. They are the ones who make fabric, operate trains and drive buses. In return for their work they get food and clothing. They live in places in collapsed roads, empty subways full of trash and sewage. It is later found that they have the highest number of divergents.

The film starrring Shailene Woodley, Theo James and Kate Winslet is set to release in India on April 11.

(Inputs via Universal Pictures)

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