Divergent is a futuristic world in which society has divided into five factions. These factions are called Abnegation, Candor, Amity, Dauntless, and Erudite. As each person enters adulthood, he or she must choose a faction and commit to it for life. Tris Prior, who is the main character and is from the faction of Abnegation, chooses Dauntless, who are people that pursue bravery above all else. However, her initiation leads to the discovery that she is a Divergent, which are people who exhibit free will and who are all of the fractions in one and will never be able to fit into just one faction. Someone warned her that she must conceal her status, that’s when Tris uncovers a looming war which threatens everyone she loves.
This movie exemplifies a dystopian film through classism and governmental manipulation. The fact that the society has different factions that try to place people in particular categories and tries to keep them there through fear of what people might think or what the government might do is dystopian. The mind manipulation that the Divergent movie government does to its citizens takes on a non-realistic point since the government goes as far as to really take control of its citizen’s minds to make a mini-army.
Though Divergent doesn’t seem realistic enough for it to happen in our society due to the lake of freedom. I do believe the movie hints at mind manipulation with the government we have especially when it comes to the election year. Every election year there has been some sort of virus outbreak or pandemic, and this year is no different. This might be the most important election since the last president has caused multiple problems so its hard not to think that the government is not trying to distract us.
Also, the mind manipulation reminds me of 1984 when the government controlled everything within the society. 1984’s government controlled the history books and how the trust dynamics within a family. Divergent’s government controlled the history and the information that went out to the citizens, allowing them to trick people into believing they were the good guys.