Divergent Setting

Topics: Willis Tower, Chicago, Initiation Pages: 1 (396 words) Published: October 19, 2014
“The building that was once called the Sears Tower -we call it the Hub- emerges from the fog, a black pillar in the skyline.” This quote suggests that the fictional novel, Divergent, takes place in a futuristic society of what was previously known as the city of Chicago, Illinois. This city is fenced off from the outside world. The “Hub”, known previously as the Sears or Willis Tower, is the city’s tallest and most important building. It is where the Choosing Ceremony, the ceremony in which sixteen year-olds choose what faction they want to belong to for the rest of their lives, takes place. A faction is a large clique of people who value the things and have the same goals. There are five factions that make up the dystopian society: Abnegation, Dauntless, Candor, Amity, and Erudite. The main character, Beatrice Prior, also known as “Tris”, transfers from the Abnegation Faction to the Dauntless Faction. By transferring to Dauntless, Tris becomes an initiate, a young person training to become a member of that faction, and moves to the Dauntless Headquarters, an area far from town where all the members and initiates of Dauntless live. Tris entered the headquarters by jumping off a skyscraper through a hole with a net at the bottom. When lying on the net, you can see the walls of the seven story building which are made of stone. The Pit, the heart of the Dauntless Headquarters, is a huge underground cavern which consists of a deep pit and a glass roof. Narrow pathways and steps are carved into the stone walls with no railings to prevent people from falling over the edge. Inside the Pit, there are places such as the dining hall, the training room, the tattoo parlor, and the dormitory. On the right side of the Pit lies the Chasm, a deadly river with an iron railing that surrounds it. A glass building is located above the Chasm and the Pit. Located on its eighth floor, the Dauntless Control Room is where the Dauntless monitor its members and what is going on in the...
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