I thought it would be fun to highlight each of the factions in the Divergent trilogy as I reread it. I decided to take pictures too of each of the factions' "uniform."
|I don't own many gray clothes so this is the best I could do.|
I love how even though Tris wants to leave the Abnegation faction, she isn't resentful of it. Tris sees the Abnegation as her family. Not her faction. The only reason she has for staying is because she doesn't want to betray her family. She doesn't leave because she thinks selflessness is unimportant. Actually, she seems to admire selflessness. She admires how her mother can forget herself and think of only others. She even wishes to be like her family. Instead she leaves because she doesn't believe she is selfless enough to remain in Abnegation. She doesn't think she fits in. That it's not her identity.
My father says- used to say- that there is power in self-sacrifice. - Divergent
But is there such a thing as being too selfless?
After the Choosing Ceremony, Tris realized that she never really had any friends. Since the Abnegation are supposed to always think about someone else, they aren't allowed to share their own personal problems with each other. That would be seeking one's own comfort. The Abnegation have to deal with their individual problems alone. They can't confide in anyone. Even though they can offer help to others, they can not ask for help or accept it. How can you help others if you, yourself, are in need of help?
Would a world solely based on Abnegation beliefs be ineffective? With everybody would be trying to assist everyone who cannot accept each other's help? Each person would be alone, an individual kept to themselves.
Selflessness and bravery aren't that different. - Tobias from Divergent
I like the Abnegation faction. Selflessness is important. And you don't see it often anymore. Sometimes even acts that seem selfless aren't selfless any deeper than the surface. It's really kind of sad how little people care to stop to help someone else out. Few people take time out to do things for others. Even if it's just little things. Holding a door open. Picking up someone's dropped keys. Doing the dishes. Really listening for a few extra minutes.
I do find it kind of interesting that the Abnegation (Tris' parents did, I'm assuming this was something their whole faction believed) think that physical contact is powerful and something to be careful with. In someways, I think I agree with them. Maybe in all ways. Hitting someone is powerful. And hugging someone can be just as powerful. It just depends on your intent, I guess.
What about you? Is there something you find fascinating about the Abnegation?