All this week we are focusing on each of the five factions within Divergent by Veronica Roth. Today, we turn our attention to Dauntless: The Brave.
DAUNTLESS: fearless, undaunted.Undaunted: courageously resolute, especially in the face of danger or difficulty; not discouraged.It’s those two definitions (fearless, and undaunted) that I found so fascinating. Being fearless and being undaunted are two different things. And the characters in DIVERGENT struggle with that distinction.
And here’s an excerpt from the Dauntless manifesto:
We believe that cowardice is to blame for the world’s injustices.
We believe that peace is hard-won, that sometimes it is necessary to fight for peace. But more than that:
We believe that justice is more important than peace.
We believe in freedom from fear, in denying fear the power to influence our decisions.
We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.
The Dauntless aren’t just about being fearless; they’re about facing anything, no matter what. They own their fears and overcome them, and take action even in light of their own fears.
Being part of the Dauntless faction isn’t just about jumping onto moving trains and zip-lining off of Chicago’s tallest building (though that is part of it); being Dauntless is also about facing mental and psychological challenges.
For the comments: Are you brave enough and stubborn enough to be part of Dauntless? In what ways could you handle their no-holds-barred lifestyle?