It was Friday when I have to arrive early at my boarded room to get some rest and a sound sleep, preparing for a big event on the next day. I don’t usually tuck into bed early and so I glanced through what’s up on the HBO channel. And that was the time I slept almost eleven, stirred upon the movie I watched with my boardmate Riza. And the next day ? I was babbling about Tris and Four 😀
Divergent is a 2014 American science fiction action film directed by Neil Burger, based on the novel of the same name by Veronica Roth. Insurgent was released last 2015, the second book/ movie of the Divergent trilogy. Then Allegiant completed the Divergent Series produced last March 18, 2016 with the main casts Shailene Woodley and Theo James. I already watched the whole three movies and yes, Divergent Series spoke ideologies and philosophies into me.
Divergent which means “tending to be different or develop in different directions” lives on the character of Tris. Where in a futuristc dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions:
- Abnegation (the selfless)
- Amity (the peaceful)
- Candor (the honest)
- Dauntless (the brave)
- Erudite (the intellectual)
divergent is out of the five categories. And so, all along the three movies, Beatrice “Tris” Prior would try to fit in to the society she wants to belong to (Dauntless) till she would discover how the society would be threatened by the existence of divergents and faced different kind of challenges; be it physical, mental and emotional.
Here’s my thoughts about this dystopian sci-fi saga (Divergent Series):
Human being, as created to have a higher mind among all the creatures on earth is beyond what we are talking about here. Tris in the movie showed that who we are is up to how we decide on ourselves. Our decisions made us unique far more about our own aptitudes and distinct personalities. Though she was born an Abnegation, she stood firm choosing Dauntless and consequently fought hard being a divergent. –Agamemnon, Aeschylus’qoute “My will is mine. I will not make it soft for you.” is the motivational quote of the author in building the character of Tris.
Though there’s much in the movies (esp. in Insurgent and Allegiant) about fights and battles, training and wars, yet it never failed to underscore this virtue that comes along with camaraderie. Actually, it’s not at first, about love that came between Tobias and Beatrice, but TRUST became the foundation of their close acquiantance when Tris entrusted to him — her being a divergent; and that that deepened into a romantic relationship through the test of time.
“Faction is thicker than blood” Tris has thrown these words to her older brother Caleb in bitterness and pain, when she was on the edge of fear, having discovered her true identity as a divergent- planning to shift in the Abnegation to seek safety, but was neglected by his own brother. Though she was deserted by him that time and even betrayed in the end part of Insurgent, her blood remains thicker than faction in which she still saved his brother by the danger of death when the society was about to punish him with his betrayal. In the midst of everything, Tris’ family-love is still on high regards. On the other hand, Four was also infected by the serum which disabled him to think on his own; being manipulated by the enemy- when he was about to kill Tris, his love for her made this simulation powerless, making them stronger and adamant in fighting for Tris’ life. Divergent Series is a saga with a heart.
“I belong to the people I love, and they belong to me–they, and the love and loyaty I give them, form my identity far more than any word or group ever could.”
― Veronica Roth,
Taking action at the drop of the hat with the best of both worlds are all up in this trilogy that echoes pure confidence, fearlessness and belligerence. In the movie, with the use of a simulation serum, Tris had to pass a Dauntless initiation and control her mind to hide her inconclusive identity and was able to deal with it with flying colors. Although Tris and Four would have to struggle through the disparities and the mutinies, they made it through by the allegiance. In the real world, we should get the best things since sliced bread and work things out within ourselves. Sometimes our differences should be well-accepted, with our respective weaknesses and strengths, if we, first and foremost, would welcome it and stood firm for it.
“There’s a beauty in your resistance” ~ Jeanine Matthews to Tris
The author itself has a sublime stuff about that grouping – thing. She was once obsessed of personality tests, (esp. The Meyers-Briggs personality tests) and had been engrossed with the government systems that stick people in classes or castes and even the high school cliques. So she said: groups were bound to happen. That’s why the movie depicted analogies, comparison and contrasts between factions, its members, the leaders and on how the society interacted with each of them. Inspite of that, at the finale of Divergent Series ( Allegiant,) they after all conquered the irrational division and began to build a whole new dystopian Chicago that adopts the significance of being united.
“Human beings cannot be categorized in this way. It doesn’t work. Maybe it’s time to start embracing people instead Of dividing them into groups” ~ Tris.
Reference: Veronica Roth Books