Speech and Debate
Utopia VS Dystopia
A utopia is an imagined place or state of being in which everything is perfect. Opposite to that is a dystopia which is an imagined place or state of being in which everything is unplesant. The first time that a utopia was invented was in 1516 in the book Utopia by Sir Thomas Moore. Two present day examples would be an Omish Community, because of the set rules that everyone must follow to make the society perfect, and Heaven, which is the definition of perfection. Depending on what your opinion is, in my opinion most dystopias began as utopias, but something goes wrong or someone beats the government at its on game and it instantly becomes the other. For example, you have Panem in The Hunger Games, a typical utopian society until Katniss comes in and defies all they created. In the book Divergent there are five different factions of life, you are born into them but when you reach a certain age you can change factions but you have to leave everything you have ever known behind, and that is when the society turns dystopian. Finally, the Society in Matched the citizens live in separate burroughs and are very limited on what they are allowed to know.
In the story the main character, Cassia Reyes, literally lives in a world of perfection. Atleast, that is what the citizens are lead to believe. Each person will live a long life, have a perfect job suited exactly to them, and the best mate, all of this is orchastrated by the Society.
The day of the matching ceremony falls on Cassia's seventeenth birthday. She is surprised to find that her match is her childhood best friend, Xander. But then something happens which makes her realize that maybe her society is not all that perfect after all. She sees another face on her screen, only to be the face of another friend, Ky Markham. This moment is a catalyst for her journey of discovering exactly what choice is. "Its one thing to make a choice and its another...