Vol. 5, Issue 1 (2019)
Elements of Neocolonialism in the “Divergent” by Veronica Roth
Author(s): Dr. Muhammad Arfan Lodhi, Sahar Khan, Maria Mansoor, Sumair Arsalan
Abstract: The study is an attempt to discover elements of Neo-Colonialism in ‘Divergent’ authored by Veronica Roth (2011). The novel encompasses all the distinguishing elements of a true dystopian novel. The first of a three-part series comes as the starting point into the world of a politically unbalanced society; a society which is further divided into sub societies. The events leading to the upheaval against the dominance of a strong society is intriguing as well as thought provoking. The dominance resulting in a subjugated and hegemonized society brings to light the hidden aspects of a neo colonial nation. The research design was qualitative and exploratory in nature. The typical case purposive sampling technique was applied on the primary text to determine the sample size. The literature of the novel was surgically dissected in order to conduct textual, co-textual and contextual interpretations hence fore-grounded the underlined elements of neocolonialism in this intricate dystopian novel.