In the novel Divergent by Veronica Roth, people are sorted into five “factions.” The factions are Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the kind), Erudite (the intelligent), Abnegation (the selfless), and Candor (the honest).

Knowing this, how come so few people are Divergent to at least some degree? Can people not be both honest and kind? I feel as if there should be more Divergent people as no one perfectly fits the description of one of these factions.

  • Warning: Massive spoilers ahead; divergent.fandom.com/wiki/Bureau_of_Genetic_Welfare – Valorum Apr 22 at 21:07
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    This is explained at the end of Insurgent and becomes a major plot point in Allegiant. – Kevin Apr 22 at 21:10
  • A bit of a more out-of-universe answer, since it sounds like this is messing with your suspension of disbelief - people can certainly a) value one trait over others, even other traits they have, and/or b) people can certainly conform to single-trait-focused ideals and stereotypes if they really, really think they should. Culture enforces a lot of conformity. Divergents then would be those few who both cannot comply, and cannot hide their noncompliance. – Megha Apr 23 at 2:30

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