The books Divergent and Fahrenheit 451 share the common dystopian element of creating an atmosphere where freedom and independent thought are restricted by society and citizens are expected to assimilate to certain roles, developing the idea that infringing on citizens’ independent thoughts results in a deprivation of innovation. In Divergent, Tris, the main character is very unique and does not fit into a faction. A faction is a category that one is placed in based on personality, but Tris has many different sides to her therefore she is “divergent”. “Faction customs dictate even idle behavior and supersede individual preference (Page 9).” “Dictate” is a word that conveys that orders must be followed through authoritatively or else consequences will result. By categorizing citizens in a faction, it restricts their ability to express their own thoughts. Tris isn’t allowed to branch out and show any sense of originality, confining uniformity in society. Fahrenheit 451’s main character, Montag, is a fireman who burns books that are supposedly evil. Montag, while punishing people for hiding books, wants to “start reading books (Page 63)”. He has to hide this huge secret from his Captain, who will burn the books if he found them. He as well, is repressing his own independent thought on books and just focusing on his job and role of a firemen. This results in an environment of no defiance to rules, which in this case drives people to look “abnormal”, such as Clarisse. On page 9 of “Divergent” Tris says she, “...can’t defy the norms of their factions any more than I can.” She cannot “defy” their norms as if it was a law that they can’t break. She has to hide this from society because if the government finds out she fits into multiple factions, then she will be punished. She has to restrict her independent thought because one is supposedly to think a certain way, depending on ones faction. This limitation of free speech and thought is hindering one's mental mind because Tris later on tries to commit suicide. Montag after an emotional day has an “irrational” thought of “...maybe I quit my job awhile (Page 48).” This stuns his wife who calls him crazy for feeling bad for burning books so he conforms back to the expectation of being this normal “firemen” who burns books with apathy. Montag is slowly questioning the existing political system and is struggling to find what is the right thing to do. Freedom and independent thought are restricted by society in “Divergent” and “Fahrenheit 451” which creates a divide within oneself as well as to society, gaining no benefit to either sides. This type of atmosphere will result in no unique thoughts, leaving people feeling trapped in their conformed bubbles and society will not show any development.