If Dauntless's theme weren't bravery, it would probably be competition. They've got boxing matches, paintball skirmishes, muffin shooting, and even Capture the Flag. But this isn't just fun, "let's play a game"-style competition. They're not just playing endless Words with Friends tourneys. Dauntless competition is life-and-death stuff. And that's even before we get into the political competition for power in the city.
Questions About Competition
- Is competition mostly a Dauntless thing, or do the other factions have internal competition? Do you think there's an Abnegation competition for "most self-sacrificing"?
- Is there a difference between friendly competition and hostile competition? Is there any friendly competition in the this book?
- When is competition one-on-one and when is competition team-vs.-team? Are those different types of competition dealt with differently?
- Are the competitions in Divergent usually fair? Does fairness even matter here?
Chew on This
In Divergent, people show their true selves when they're competing, whether that competition is fun-and-games or life-and-death.
Divergent shows us that people constantly struggle with two urges: the urge to compete and beat others; and the urge to help others.