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Topics: Dystopia, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Fahrenheit 451 Pages: 4 (810 words) Published: April 22, 2014
Dystopian Essay
(Essay of Definition)
Ultimate Goal:
1. Define, in your eyes, what makes a dystopian society
2. Use our 3 novels, “Harrison Bergeron”, and at least 2 scholarly articles to influence your concept of dystopia

According to the New World Encyclopedia, “dystopia” is defined as follows: A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society that is the opposite of utopia. A dystopian society is one in which the conditions of life are miserable, characterized by human misery, poverty, oppression, violence, disease, and/or pollution. While there have been actual societies which have experienced most if not all of these characteristics, the term dystopia is largely a literary term, referring to a class of literary works that serve as cautionary tales against some form of totalitarianism of the left or right. Some academic circles distinguish between anti-utopia and dystopia. George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four is a dystopia because its leaders do not aspire to or use the rhetoric of utopia to justify their power. Orwell's Animal Farm is a classic anti-utopia, in which the pigs come to justify their leadership in the name of creating a utopian society. The literature of dystopia draws on the human experience of the failure of states and ideologies to create the utopias, or even the more modest aims of good governance, often abridging human freedom in the name of some ideal that leads to authoritarian, even totalitarian consequences.

Yet, what other elements are included in a dystopian society?

Based upon our readings of “Harrison Bergeron”, Fahrenheit 451, Anthem, and Animal Farm, you need to come up with a working definition of a dystopian society. You will need to consult 2 other academic, informational, scholarly articles/sources to better inform your knowledge of dystopias.

Based upon class discussions, we can determine that the following elements are/can...


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