Extension English Essay: Utopia
Thomas More's Utopia which was the predecessor for the concept continues to be appropriated into a range of cultures and contexts. Increasingly however, these are Utopias are dystopias. A utopia is defined as an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. The word was first used in the book Utopia (1516) by Sir Thomas More. The opposite of Utopia is a dystopia, an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. The themes present in the texts Utopia, Gattaca, Fahrenheit 451 and the Pedestrian whether they are a Utopia or a Dystopia intertwine and give us a sense that the slightest push in any direction for our society could result in a catastrophic dystopia.
In Ray Bradbury's The Pedestrian, the idea of technology taking over and the decline of human feelings and interactions are strongly represented. In The Pedestrian Bradbury has used a futuristic setting of society to critique it. He presents the undesired characteristics lying within our society and enhances and pronounces them in The Pedestrian. He conveys the alienation and lack of emotions that is beginning to show in our society and presents them in his text a possible future for humanity if we were to go down that path. The way Bradbury represents technology in his short story is as if it is evil and tearing humanity apart. So devoid of emotion is the environment and surroundings of the main character that it creates a giant contrast to the main character to who is, to the audience symbolised as us, an average person. All of the techniques such as metaphors and similes are used to enhance the alienation of the main character representing us from the environment and everything else.
In the text Gattaca, the main themes are, like the pedestrian, the taking over of technology and loss of humanity. In Gattaca, it is in the future and every child is made and selected...
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