Do the factions cover all personality?

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Re: Do the factions cover all personality?

Post by sush_destiny » 14 Mar 2019, 10:19

They cover basic personalities, but personality is not like a box. They are layers and would result in more divergent people.

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Post by dorebri2020 » 09 Jul 2019, 09:32

I believe that each faction combined covers the traits fairly well, but individually I find it hard to believe that anyone could have really identified with just one faction. I do wish there had been a few more factions, as the unique traits of every human being are far more diversified than just five, but overall I thought the factions were set well.
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Post by girly girl » 15 Aug 2019, 14:36

I think they cover most personalities, the ones they don't are more complex-divergent. Or at least that's how I understood it.

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Post by Atara Miles » 28 Sep 2019, 15:10

I think they were mostly archetypes. Possibly there are others that fall in the gray area but weren't deemed as important or as prevalent as the stated five. It can also be that Roth didn't want to overload her story with too many factions that would have been too hard for readers to keep track of and ot was easier to slot the relevant characters into what would have been more relatable and memorable.

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Post by nfdoughe » 15 Dec 2019, 20:54

As a plot, the factions work, but as a reality, I do think it's quite flawed. I think people are more complicated than one overriding quality. I think there are numerous types of people left unaccounted for. What about people who aren't particularly brave, friendly, smart, or honest? I think there would be more people left out. So all in all it only works if you don't think about it too hard.
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