Dystopia and Utopia

Topics: Dystopia, Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale Pages: 2 (823 words) Published: April 5, 2013
Do you believe that the life you live will stay ‘perfect’ forever? What is the true definition of ‘perfect’ or ‘utopian’ and who decides what this is? One man’s utopian mansion could be another man’s dystopian nightmare. Using extracts from popular movies, poems and novels such as Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake or the movie directed by respected director Peter Weir, The Truman Show, this essay will compare and contrast why the modern definition of the ‘Utopian’ condition is unsustainable. The essay will cover important topics about the dystopian future this author believes we are potentially heading toward. Furthermore, it will cover subjects ranging from our current utopian state to our likely dystopian future. Over time nature will reclaim what began as theirs; nothing can stop nature’s advancements, not even ‘modern’ civilisation as is highlighted by this statement from The City Planners by author Margaret Atwood: “When the houses, capsized, will slide

obliquely into the clay seas, gradual as the glaciers
that right now nobody notices”
This quote illustrates the metaphor that nobody notices the glaciers melting; they are melting slowly, as will our urban landscapes, and no one is noticing which is the equivalent to observing the downfall of ‘civilisation.’ Another example, from the same author, illustrates that in the future the very plaster on our houses will weather away as a result of nature retaking what was theirs: ‘Give momentary access to

the landscape behind or under
the future cracks in the plaster.’
It gives rise to the realisation that we may not yet realize just how close we are to becoming a dystopian society as nature reclaims the earth as its own despite human ‘cleverness’ or articulated thumbs or brain size. This is also shown in ‘The Truman Show.’ The whole movie is a message: recording a man’s life seems bizarre and far off in the future, but we may actually be closer than we think. This message just further adds to my...
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