“Is Utopia Possible in This World and How Are the Ideas Represented?”

  • Jun 10, 2008
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As a result of extensive analysis of the four texts: the novel “The Giver” by Lois Lowry, the film “Gattaca” directed by Andrew Niccol, the website “Design Your Own Utopia” by Chaz Bufe with Libby Hubbard, and the newspaper article “Woman-town loses its lip gloss” by Anita Quigley, one would suggest that Utopia, (as represented by the four texts), is not possible in the modern and contemporary Western society we live in today. What comprises Utopia in “The Giver” includes: elimination of emotion, purging of colour, population control, and lack of freedom. In “Gattaca”, Utopia consists of: lack of privacy and freedom, and the use of eugenics. “Design Your Own Utopia” involves the Utopian ideas: dissolving of religion, disintegration of mental depression, and banishment of extreme criminals. Finally, the ideas of Utopia in “Woman-town loses its lip gloss” are: the undermining of the male gender, a consumerist society, and the dense building structures.

The Utopian idea of elimination of emotion, as expressed in “The Giver”, would not be possible in our current Western world. When Jonas, the protagonist, asks his surrogate parents if they love him, they are shocked and reply, “Jonas…Precision of language, please!” Jonas’ parents react in this manner because, in Utopia, all kinds of deep and intense emotions are eliminated from society by a scientific genetic process – “Sameness”, a recurring metaphor throughout the story. The use of italics portrays Jonas’ parents’ utter distress over the situation; the raise in tone of voice is their way of emphasising the importance of the issue to Jonas. Jonas’ parents also mention, “of course our community can’t function smoothly if people don’t use precise language”. The use of alliteration also helps to define the tone of voice as harsh and domineering. Furthermore, the biting alliteration creates a monotonic expression. Without such robotic language, the sentence would be disrupted, symbolic of how its absence would...
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