Divergent by Veronica Roth – Faction Focus: Candor

All this week we are focusing on each of the five factions within Divergent by Veronica Roth. (For more about factions and what they are, check out yesterday’s post.) Today, we turn our attention to Candor: The Honest.

Here is what Veronica wrote about Candor on her website:

CANDOR: 1. the state or quality of being frank, open, and sincere in speech or expression; candidness.
2. freedom from bias; fairness; impartiality.
That definition definitely helped me flesh out Candor more, particularly in the second book. The faction is not just trying to develop honesty– they’re also trying to develop impartiality.

The full manifesto for this faction is available on the Divergent Facebook page — but as it’s several pages long, I’ve skipped reposting the entire thing here. But here are some bullet-point highlights from the manifesto:

  • Dishonesty is rampant. Dishonesty is temporary. Dishonesty makes evil possible.
  • Dishonesty leads to suspicion. Suspicion leads to conflict. Honesty leads to peace.
  • Truth makes us transparent. Truth makes us strong. Truth makes us inextricable.
  • Truth makes is inextricable.

As you can see, the Candor are pretty serious about their views on honesty vs. dishonesty. In fact, some in Divergent’s society might describe the Candor as being honest to a fault — even, in some cases, so honest as to be insulting. But a true member of the Candor faction would rather insult someone then stoop to lying; likewise, a member of Candor would rather be insulted than lied to.

They view complete and utter honesty as the ultimate perfection.

For the comments: Are you honest enough to live with the Candor?


3 thoughts on “Divergent by Veronica Roth – Faction Focus: Candor

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  1. I definitely fit in as a Candor. The description actually fits me to a T, and that’s not even because I’m conforming to it. My friends tell me I am brutally honest, and I agree with almost all of the Candor manifesto. (This is mostly due to the fact I haven’t read all of it.)

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