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The story of Divergent is set in a post-apocalyptic version of Chicago many years in the future where society is divided into five factions. Each faction is created to home a particular type of person; Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). The post-apocalyptic setting helps explain the different structure of society, and to justify the power of the totalitarian government that controls. Tris, the main character in the novel has always been taught to listen and conform as that was the only way. Just like everyone else, Tris had her life laid out and controlled by the government.  “I think of climbing the stairs with the Abnegation, our feet finding the same rhythm, all of us the same. This isn’t like that. We are not the same. But we are, somehow, one.” (Roth, 223) She spent her whole childhood learning and trying so hard to be like everyone around her. Tris knew that standing out in a crowd would go against everything the was taught, and that conformity was mandatory even if it crushes your spirit. When Tris learns she is a “Divergent” whom are seen as dangerous by the society, she has no other option but to hide her identity and act like everyone else. And so she conforms and picks to be placed in Dauntless just like society would want. As the novel goes on, and Tris continues to questions who she really is and the true meaning of being a “Divergent”, she learns  that they in fact have complex minds that work in more than one way and have equal attributes of many factions. The government has created a fearful image of “Divergents” as they cannot be controlled which the government does not accept. To solve this problem and remain in complete control, the government kills anyone who is “Divergent”.  “I feel like someone breathed new air into my lungs. I am not Abnegation. I am not Dauntless. I am Divergent.” (Roth, 442) Tris  can no longer pretend that she fits solely into Dauntless. Tris finally gains courage to accept that she will never belong to one factions no matter how hard she tries. Believing there is nothing wrong with being “Divergent” and the wrongfulness of killing innocent people, Tris gains courage to stand up to the wrongful ways of the government. As seen through Tris’s journey in discovering her unique personality and her curiosity of “Divergents” allows her to defy society’s controlling and belittling ways.  The Giver illustrates a post-apocalyptic setting that is controlled by the government. The lack of color in the film provides evidence to the lack of emotions, imagination, and free mind allowed in society in this post-apocalyptic setting. The post-apocalyptic setting revolves around the government choosing  and decided everyone’s life path. This includes their occupation and spouse. With limited ability to speak your mind, and show emotions characters conform to society. The main character Jonas is a young spirited boy who likes to have fun and bend the rules sometimes. However he does not step out of line or disobey direct orders. He believes in the society’s ways of decision making, and doesn’t have a strong opinion on it.