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  • Okay so it isn't quite clear what the Purity War was about. Can someone give me a quick summary of the Purity war?

    I'm writing a persuasive essay about how governments in Dystopian texts have good qualities and are undervalued and unrecognised (i didn't choose the topic)

    What makes someone a divergent? (is it because of the genetic manipulation?)

    Was it divergents against non-divergents in the purity war?

    Does the government feel threatened by divergents because of the war?

    Also, any points about the government having good intentions are welcome :)

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    • 1. You´re divergent when you´re not genetically damaged.

      2. Nope. It was genetically damaged against genetically perfect ( I don´t exactly know how they´rer called, I´m German )

      3. No. Because they fit into more than one faction, and can resist serums, which means they can´t be controlled so easily.

      Hope I was a help :-)

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    • thank you!

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    • Piper Lockwood wrote:
      1. You´re divergent when you´re not genetically damaged.

      2. Nope. It was genetically damaged against genetically perfect ( I don´t exactly know how they´rer called, I´m German )

      3. No. Because they fit into more than one faction, and can resist serums, which means they can´t be controlled so easily.

      Hope I was a help :-)

      Does that mean that Divergence is hereditary?

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    • The cause of Divergence is tricky - the book presents a genetic factor, but the factions are ultimately based on personality traits. It's the age-old question of nurture vs. nature. 

      If it's because of genetics, then that would mean personality is genetic and hereditary (nature). Or do you develop personality and personal values based on experience and how you were raised (nurture)? 

      As far as the government having good intentions, the government worked so hard for the society to be a success. As Tris said in the beginning, everyone knew where they belongs. People are contributing to the betterment of society as a whole, and that is good. Divergence can definitely threaten that because what happens when you've got someone who doesn't value the same thing as everyone else around them? What happens when they start challenging authority and the way things are? The government had good intentions to protect its people, but its actions spoke differently. 

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