|Tris and Chris Leaping the Chasm|
|Power/Knowledge are in a Functional Relation Known as the Foucauldian Grid- The Matrix|
Power does not come from the top down. It is not something you can have, take, give away, barter, lose, share or anything else of that order. Power comes from below, through the interstices of the Foucauldian Grid. It seeps from below and we see Beatrice caught in that, being denied her "will to know."
|Agnes Martin Grid Painting|
Foucault advocates applying resistance pressure locally where it can be most effective. Of course, power does the same.
|Jeanine is fusing the power of Dauntless with the Knowledge of Erudite|
She is fusing the power/knowledge Foucauldian Grid which will keep the system static
Don't get me wrong. There is a certain beauty in your resistance. But we cannot afford that beauty. Each person in their faction must submit their individual will to their faction, for our peaceful coexistence.
And this is what constrains Beatrice. She rebels in a passive/aggressive way to the pressure of power. Her brother Caleb corrects her, restrains her, introduces her to Jeanine, tells her she is wrong about Abnegation and generally controls her. Her movements are restrained as a child when she wants to run with Dauntless. Her father warns her to be careful at the dinner table. She generally exists in a bourgeois family environment eating dinner together with restrained conversation, preparing meals, dressing so as to limit her freedom of movement.
She has grown up and lives in the Grid of Abnegation, its Dominating Discourse of language and action.
Where there is power, there is resistance. - Foucault
|Foucault Straddling the Chasm|
Baudrillard has said Foucault does not go far enough. He straddles the abyss. He does not push to excess, extremes to collapse the system. (Following Nietzsche) He does not push to the edge of the abyss and then over.
This is what Tris does.
Tris is becoming the best Dauntless she can be.
Tris is exemplifying Zizek's prescription for breaking the system.
One embraces the
idealistic pronouncements and works to make them surface, to become reality, to truly
be what they are.
She is excessively Dauntless in challenging each event as it escalates.
Where Caleb - eating from the trashcan of ideology - observed the everyday prescriptions of behavior for Abnegation - which Zizek would label as Abnegation Lite - Beatrice sullenly complied when she had to. But her will to know was stifled. She could not grow in that environment. She wanted MORE!
And in excessively being an excessive Dauntless, Dauntless is imploded and the entire system along with it.
This is what Edward Snowden has done with his over-identification with the ideology of the United States of America.
A lot is imploding all around us now.