"Faction before blood."
— All citizens of Chicago
In Veronica Roth’s novel Divergent, Beatrice Prior's (Tris) society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue. When the factions were formed, however, each gained a negative and a positive trait. The factions are: Abnegation, Erudite, Dauntless, Amity, and Candor. On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives after taking an aptitude test.Then from the test, they choose which faction they are going into.
Abnegation (The Selfless, Or The Caring)Edit
Abnegation is the faction that values the needs of others above the needs of oneself. Their core belief being 'Them before I.' Members of Abnegation take over the public services in the city. Beatrice Prior was raised in Abnegation. Though Abnegation can be selfless, a flaw of theirs is the fact that they are stifling. This is where they get their nickname, Stiffs.
The dystopic society of Chicago is ruled by a council of fifty people, composed entirely of representatives from Abnegation, as their faction is the most incorruptible due to their commitment to selflessness. Abnegation's colour is grey. Their style of dress is conservative, loose-fitting grey clothing so as not to call attention to themselves. The only accessory they are allowed to wear is a plain watch. Also, as the people of Abnegation prefer not to show skin, exposing clothes are never worn.
"Bookcases line the walls on either side of me, but they seem to be decorative more than anything, because computers occupy the tables in the centre of the room, and no one is reading. The Erudite stare at screens with tense eyes focused.
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: blue causes the brain to release calming chemicals which attest to their saying, "a calm mind is a clear mind." It is also noted that Erudites care for eloquent speeches, as well as their search for knowledge. The Erudite, though extremely intelligent, have been known to be vain.
Dauntless is considered the strong soldiers of the factions. Dauntless are those who are brave, seeming almost fearless. They strive to become courageous and indestructible. The Dauntless are those who guard The Fence, making sure no one gets in or out, and are the best soldiers. The Dauntless color is black. Members of Dauntless dress in tight-fitting dark or black clothing that aids in their lifestyle of battle and training. Dark makeup, tattoos, and piercings are also recommended for all members. To get to their base they jump on and off a train every day.
Known Dauntless Edit
| - Marit (transferred from Amity)
The Candor is the Trustworthy faction, honesty comes first with most of all and can read lies from body language/Actions. They value honesty and order, even if the truth is painful and they wish they wouldn't. They shake their hands to greet one another and for the males, they make wild gestures while arguing, showing they are good natured while doing so. Candor is also allowed to keep pets. They will be straight and honest with the person with no manipulations. They are sound leaders. They believe that charm is truly unnecessary and politeness is deception. No one must keep any secrets, and are punished for dishonest
Known Candor FolksEdit
- Main article: Factionless
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 like collapsed roads, empty subways full of trash and sewage. Because of this, they are often given food and clothing from the Abnegation. It is later found that they have the highest number of Divergent. They wear mixed clothing from other factions. The Factionless also include elderly Dauntless.
- Samantha Craydon (She lied to Jack in front of everyone on her final test.)
- Hannah Peace (She failed initiation and was transferred to Abnegation, but she told the leaders to leave, becoming was factionless.)
- Benjamin Donnason (He failed to do a report that was worthy of being a part of society and he was kicked out. However, he was accepted into Abnegation, but he said that it would be shameful for him to be a stiff the rest of his life. He chose to become factionless.)
- Divergent by Veronica Roth, 2011
- Insurgent by Veronica Roth, 2012
- Allegiant by Veronica Roth, 2013
- Four: A Divergent Collection by Veronica Roth, 2014