Advanced English III
1 May 2012
Harmful Cultural Trends
Humans have been attracted to violence since the beginning of time, and as technology has evolved, so has the way that people get to experience violence in the world. The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins, chronicles the life of Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen year old girl living in a dystopic nation, where teenagers are forced to fight to the death so the world can be entertained. The Hunger Games is a young adult dystopian novel which warns readers of the danger of humans' attraction to violence in the media. Utopias originated from Thomas More's novel Utopia, written in 1516. Utopia, depicts a fictitious country named Utopus that was reshaped from a "Savage land into an ideal society through planning and reason" (Sisk 1). Utopus was the first attempt at creating a utopia. The term utopia is "Derived from the Greek ou ("not" or "no") and topos (place), a utopia is "no place," a land that does not exist (Sisk 1). People have attempted to create utopias in various ways, but this perfect place has ultimately failed to be in existence. Creating a utopia, however, "Is shown to be possible through social engineering" (Sisk 1). Meaning, one day there might be such a place, created with the help of the dystopia. When utopias received criticism, "Dystopia began to evolve as a separate literary genre late in the nineteenth century as writers published anti-utopian "answers" and "replies" attacking utopian works" (Sisk 3). For example, "Ignatius Donnelly's Caesar's Column (1890) and Jack London's The Iron Heel (1907) reverse the utopian dream of ideal society by creating repressive totalitarian oligarchies determined to hold power at any cost" (Sisk 3-4). These novels criticized the idea of a utopia or "perfect place" by showing how a totalitarian government is far from an ideal one. After the first dystopian novels were introduced, dystopian fiction became even more widespread and popular at the end of...
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