"Dystopia" Essays and Research Papers

Dystopia

Dystopia Dystopia is often a society set in the future that has degraded into a repressive and controlled state, often under the control of some form of government but not always. A dystopian society can also be a planned structured society in which the conditions of life are deliberately made miserable. Some examples of these can be characterized by poverty, oppression, violence, disease, scarcity, and/or pollution for the benefit of a select minority or some unnatural societal goal. I am going...

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dystopia

Never would they know that it could change in a instant, with the technology and safety could make it very forceful by one person it would be a world you will never want to be. When citizens value an easy life to much, the society can become a dystopia that blindly follows rules. In The Lorax, people buy air and don’t care about pollution at all therefore one day all that they have will make the world even worst. People don’t care for there community, the filth and dirtiness. The society will get...

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Dystopia or Utopia

 Weston Boone Mrs. McCrady D.C. English 101 20 October, 2014 Dystopia or Utopia? In the books 1984 by George Orwell, Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury all have a theme of dystopia. Dystopia means an imperfect society. It is the opposite of utopia, which means a perfect society with no flaws. Dystopia is the word that comes to mind with the stories and political horrors with government control, politicians, and community leaders being those who are most opposed...

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Dystopia Speech

would it look like? Who belongs there? Fictional...or real? Is it anything like our modern world or is it a fear beyond your wildest imagination? At the heart of every dystopia is essentially, the exploration of human nature and the expression of the fears that drive our societies. There are three main fears which are involved with dystopia. They are; political dispute and rebellion, the stifling of freedom to express individuality and the loss of human connectedness, which is central to our need for...

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Dystopia in Literature

Dystopia in Literature Dystopia, a society in an oppressed and controlled state, is a common theme in world literature. I have chosen texts 1984 by George Orwell, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and the film, V for Vendetta, directed by James McTeigue. These texts display different types of repressive control systems and some even accurately predict today’s society's trends. How do the characters react to their dystopian society? In 1984, by...

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Feed: Dystopia

04/04/2014 Mr. Fama ENG3U Emily Coffey Analytical Paragraphs: Technology & Society Does “Earth” as described in M.T. Anderson’s Feed reflect a dystopian society? Dystopia; a place or state characterized by human misery, as squalor, oppression, disease and overcrowding. Often referred to as an unpleasant, totalitarian or environmentally degraded state of living. M.T Anderson’s “Feed” portrayed much of earth’s natural environment as being succumbed to the ecological turmoil caused by...

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Utopia or Dystopia: the Future of Technology

tears―that’s what soma is."(Huxley,ch17) This shows how far technology can. To the point where feeling pain and sadness is no longer felt but neither has it created a utopia or dystopia. It’s being seen though different points of views though out the book; one cannot simply define it heaven or hell but in this case a utopia or dystopia. In addition to technology changing the way we view things, it is also changing the way we learn. Many believe that technology isn't helping advance the future...

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Brave New World - Dystopia

A Society at its Worst Dystopian novels have become more common over the last century; each ranging from one extreme society to the next. A dystopia, “A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control,”[1] through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, criticizes about current trends, societal norms, or political systems. The society in Brave...

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Utopia and Dystopia: the Shift Tells All

‘Lord of the Flies’, films; ‘V for Vendetta’ by The Wachowski Brothers, ‘Gattaca’ by Andrew Niccol and ‘1984’ by George Orwell. These are some films and novels that portray why a Utopia cannot be created, sustained or even controlled, dystopia to utopia or utopia to dystopia. “Our life dreams the Utopia. Our Death achieves the ideal.” [2] This quote is displayed in the novel and film ‘Lord of the Flies’, as Piggy tried to keep his and Ralph’s utopia alive but lost his life during the attempt. Ralph...

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Utopia vs. Dystopia

Utopia Vs. Dystopia Each person has their own vision of utopia. Utopia means an ideal state, a paradise, a land of enchantment. It has been a central part of the history of ideas in Western Civilization. Philosophers and writers continue to imagine and conceive plans for an ideal state even today. They use models of ideal government to express their ideas on contemporary issues and political conditions. Man has never of comparing the real and ideal, actuality and dream, and the stark facts...

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Dystopia: Nazi Concentration Camps and Brave New World

A dystopia is an imaginary wretched place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives, it is the opposite of a Utopia. "A dystopia is any society considered to be undesirable, for any of a number of reasons. The term was coined as a converse to a Utopia, and is most usually used to refer to a fictional (often near-future) society where current social trends are taken to nightmarish extremes. Often the difference between a Utopia and a Dystopia is in the author's point of view. Dystopias...

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Brave New World: Utopia or Dystopia

“Brave New World” utopia or dystopia? The novel Brave New World has often been characterized as dystopia rather than utopia. Nevertheless, the superficial overview of the novel implies a utopian society, especially if judging by what the Controller said to John, the Savage: People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can't get. They're well off; they're safe; they're never ill; they're not afraid of death; they're blissfully ignorant of passion and...

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Dystopia

Dystopia Essay Dystopias are not as common in the world, as they used to be when technology was not as advanced as it is today. Two good examples of what a Dystopia society would be like is “Animal Farm” by George Orwell and “Wall-E”, the movie created by Disney Pixar motion pictures. Dystopias are environments where citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance, where information, independent thought and freedom are restricted and where propaganda has a huge influence on the actions...

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Dystopia and Fredrick Douglass

class I was thoroughly disheartened when I saw the 324 pages of the Ender's Game novel sitting on my desk. But it clicked. For some reason my interest was caught by this book of a strange society, hook line and sinker. Thanks to a little bit of dystopia, I became a whole lot happier. Fun? Reading and Fun? This was a new experience for me; books were only ever fun when they had pictures or puzzles. My mind connected with this idea of a broken society that improvises just to keep living each day...

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Brave New World Dystopia

promiscuity, and the elimination of religion and family. Utopias are societies that possess highly desirable or perfect qualities. However, the society in Brave New World does not possess these desirable or perfect qualities and is therefore a dystopia. Throughout the entire novel Huxley demonstrates that this society is missing all the key characteristics of a utopia. The World State eliminates the word family. Family units do not exist anymore, which means that there are no parents or siblings...

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Dystopia Essay: 1984 and Harrison Bergeron

Year 11, English Extension Essay ( 2 CORE texts and 1 RELATED text) What ideas do you see linking the texts you have studied through your exploration of Utopias and Dystopias. The novels Utopia by Thomas More and 1984 by George Orwell and short story Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut explore the Utopic and Dystopic genre through the structure and regulations of their societies. In Utopia, More provides us with a contemporary understanding of society and human nature, with an indepth study of...

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Dystopia

Kimberly Villagonza Professor Delany-Ullman Writing 37 18 January, 2013 Exploratory Draft Societies that are futuristic in settings are what we call a dystopian society. Dystopia is literary the opposite of what a utopian community will be like. In dystopia, everything is distorted where people are ruled by either a strong-opposed individual through the use of militarism or technologies and also by technology themselves. Citizens of a dystopian community doesn't hold their own rights and are...

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Gattaca and Fahrenheit 451 - Technology and Dystopia

and enforcing a strict technological control on society. Utopia is a term used to describe a state or condition that is ideally perfect. It is a state that has the perfect respect of politics, laws, customs, beliefs, traditions and conditions. Dystopia is the contrary. In a Dystopian society a futuristic, imagined universe is under oppressive societal control and the illusion of perfect society is maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. Dystopian...

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1984- George Orwell ; Oceania is a State of Dystopia

Oceania is a State of Dystopia In George Orwell’s 1984, the citizens of Oceania are forced to endure life in a dystopic state. Life is brutal and anything but merry. One constantly feels anxious as the threat of torture or death is always near, if one was to break one of the Party rules. For characters like Winston and Julia, who are against Big Brother and who realize the true extent of their horrible lives, life is unbearable. Exploitation, corruption, and dehumanization are evident...

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Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451 Modern Dystopia Warnings

have to say. And maybe if I talk long enough, it’ll make sense” (Bradbury 84). The walls represent a dangerous amount of technology, the inability to talk to his wife shows the lack of connection, and Montag’s distinct ideas are alone in this bland dystopia. Supposedly, human society is like a phoenix, because it always ends up destroying itself. The only difference between the two is society has the capability to remember the mistakes that led to its annihilation (Bradbury 165). Being an integral...

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Dystopia vs Utopia ( a Clockwork Orange vs. Player Piano

perfect society. This is one type of a drastic society. There is another, more appalling type of society, that of a dystopia. A Dystopia is nor a fairyland or the promised-land like the utopia is, it looks at the chaos, anarchy, rebellion and disorder of a society. As we compare these two opposite society types, there are two books that are the poster child of utopia and dystopia. Those two books are Kurt Vonnegut's "Player Piano", and Anthony Burgess's "A Clockwork Orange". In Kurt Vonnegut's...

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Dystopia

1984, A Dystopian Novel The novel “1984” by George Orwell, is a quintessential dystopian novel. A dystopia is a vision of society in which life is typically characterized by human misery, poverty and violence. A dystopian society have an oppressive societal control and the illusions of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control. The novel 1984 takes place in a totalitarian state of Oceania that would make even dictators like Hitler...

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Utopia or Dystopia Film Review- Gattaca

Utopia or Dystopia Film Review- Gattaca Welcome back your listening to 104.7 FM Radio National Breakfast and it is time for films with Jane Smith. Today I’ll be reviewing Gattaca, There is no gene for the human spirit. Gattaca enters the same category as Contact (1997). Starring Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman and Jude Law Gattaca is a Science Fiction film about a possible future dystopian world. The movie draws on what it means to be human and the concerns over reproductive technologies which facilitate...

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Perpetual Dystopias: Analysis of Flawed Human Behaviours in Memoirs found in a Bathtub and Fahrenheit 451

 Perpetual Dystopias: Analysis of Flawed Human Behaviours in Memoirs found in a Bathtub and Fahrenheit 451 Humans have always desired to gain power and authority over others. The myth that tells the idea of individuals wanting power over others first appeared in the life when Pandora opened her box. As this desire for authority grows, the authority unconsciously starts to become selfish, calculative and cruel. The presence...

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The Giver: Utopia and Dystopia

Trang Le Antarctica – March 10, 2010 The Giver Essay Lois Lowry’s The Giver is set in a futuristic, dichotomous society, one that is both utopian and dystopian. In response to the overwhelming destruction and chaos in the world, the Elders have attempted to create and maintain a peaceful and orderly utopia, but this security comes at a price. The citizens of the community have sacrificed their individuality and freedom. Although most adult members have some knowledge of the hypocrisies involved...

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Dystopian Tradition

Dystopian Tradition Could you ever imagine living in a world that you thought was normal but the way other people saw it was completely different. Authors have tried to warn us about our future through literature. This is the intense genre of dystopias. They show what we could become, who we already are, or who we were. It comments on what we hope we don’t become, it plays with our minds. Shows us our doom. The stories that people write draw us in like fish out of water. We see and encounter different...

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(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...

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Dystopian Elements in Children of Men i

"Dystopias serve as warnings to contemporary man"(Erickson) Dystopias portray possible consequences for flaws in society, portrayed through dark futuristic setting. Dystopias can be a warning to prompt society of a danger that corrupt societal systems could possibly lead to. The movie Children of Men envisions a world that has fallen into chaos. Women have lost the their ability to reproduce and thus society has lost it's pursuit for maintaining the world, as mankind is on the brink of extinction...

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Farenheit451/Gattaca, Relationship Between Man and Machine

Bradbury satirically implements the newly ‘innovative’ television within Fahrenheit, portraying the technology through his envisionment of the destruction/ eradication the newly fond technology could bring upon humanity, hence opening up to the dystopia found in Fahrenheit 451. Andrew Niccol wrote Gattaca in the 1990’s, a decade of technological rises including the human genome project, cloning and the modification of genes. These uprising in technologies are evidence of humanities desire to reach...

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Explore the Role of Religion in Dystopian Fiction with Regards to the Children of Men and Brave New World.

“Religion plays a key role in dystopian fiction.” With reference to The Children of Men and Brave New World, how far do you agree with this statement? Sixty years separate the publication of the dystopias The Children of Men and Brave New World, but both authors express their depictions of a future world in which religion is drastically changed, and not for the better. Religion and spirituality serve a number of purposes in the two novels, most notably to illustrate the difference between our...

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Fahrenheit 451 & Gattaca Comparative Study - Historical Context

Throughout time Science Fiction writers have produced their work, using the concept of dystopia as a method to express their outlook and opinion on the issues within their existing societies, in which they are writing from. The writer delivers a message to the audience, educating them about the current contextual concerns and the possibility of the dystopias that are developed as a result. This is demonstrated in the novel Fahrenheit 451, written by Ray Bradbury and the film Gattaca, directed by...

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Feed Essay

MT Anderson to more effectively show the dystopia of “Feed,” and adds interest in the form of believability to the text. In conclusion, one of the key ideas that I found interesting in MT Anderson’s “Feed,” is the idea of a dystopian society, and I believe that this was interesting in the text, because it helped portray the most negative aspects of our modern society in a contrasting, yet utterly believeable way. The idea and various aspects of a dystopia was shown at various points in the text...

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Brave New World

citizens operating under the direction of the Directors and Controllers. The definition of dystopia is a environment where pain, hard labor, and hatred are plentiful, while a utopia is defined as place where hardships, hatred, and ill will are eliminated, thus creating a world of perfect peace. While many refer to both Utopia and Brave New World as a utopian society, I classify both as a sodden dystopia. Both plots feature citizens blissfully unaware of the amount of control the government has...

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chyra butler

Comparison Utopia vs Dystopia Utopia vs Dystopia Page 1Zoom in Page 1 2 Next Essay length: 912 words Submitted: 30/08/2010 Saved View my saved essays Submit similar essay Share this essay: Are you in the right place? Jump to English Literature and see how teachers think you should prepare in: GCSE 32,699 AS and A-level 8,360 University 2,270 AS AND A LEVEL OTHER CRITICISM & COMPARISON The first 200 words of this essay... Utopia vs. dystopia Utopia is the idea of...

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A boy and his dog

wants to stay and continue to use Blood to sniff out women for him. On their quest to find the Promised Land, they encounter many obstacles such as murders and thieves. Along the way, Vic meets a girl, Quilla, who tries to convince Vic to leave the dystopia and come down under with her. Even though Blood suspects that it is a trap, they hunt her down and come across the small steel door that leads to down under. Vic has to leave Blood behind in order to go into the underground society, which he later...

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Negative Effects of Technology in Brave New World

Discuss this statement and show HOW Huxley has demonstrated this idea to his readers. Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” explores the extreme impact of science and technology on an unreal world. The novel fits the science-fiction genre as a dystopia to the reader. Huxley wrote the novel in1932 and presented his thoughts which were influenced by many key events taking place before and during his lifetime. The “Brave New World” portrays a “perfect” society possessing no flaws due to its extremity...

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The Veldt

Lydia, “What prompted us to buy a nightmare?” and she replies, “Pride, money, foolishness.” Dystopia A dystopia is a place in which people lead fearful, dehumanized lives. It is the opposite of a utopia. Dystopias often serve as warnings of potential dangers that can be brought on through the misuse of technology or power. In “The Veldt,” Bradbury turns the Hadley’s Happy-life Home into a dystopia that gradually dehumanizes the children and destroys the parents. The dangers are revealed slowly...

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Dystopian Genre: Andrew Niccol's In Time

represented between the individual and society. In a traditional Dystopia, personal choice is replaced by uniform decisions made by impersonal bureaucratic machinery, this is reflected throughout In Time by the heavily controlling timekeepers and constant surveillance. The ghetto is juxtaposed with rich, green New Greenwich, which at first glance acts as a binary opposite to the ghetto, but with deeper analysis, is as much of a Dystopia as the ghetto. This is because the rich stay alive due to their...

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The Giver

THE GIVER Compare / Contrast Essay In The Giver I believe that in Jonas’ community they live in a dystopia. The book gives me many reasons to believe so. The setting for Jonas’ community is in the future where numerous technological advances have been made. In the beginning of the book it is December, the month where the Ceremonies 1 through 12 happens. In this community during the Ceremonies your name, your job, and your child are “assigned” for you unlike in the real world. ...

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Utopia vs. Dystopian Components

other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon.” This quote resonates with me because although great empires and dictatorships such as the Soviet Union haven fallen and crumbled into the dystopias. American is still enjoying life watching football, Nascar, and eating fast food. American is living a life of luxury and wealth compared to other countries. The USA is nearing the summit of a utopia. As an American, I believe. America still...

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A Clockwork Orange and Brave New World

utmost perfection, is also used to mean an unrealistic ideal that is impossible to achieve. This has, in turn, spawned the concept of dystopia a negative utopia, being a totalitarian and repressive world where the state holds all power over nearly every aspect of public and private life. A recurring theme in the Utopian genre is the resulting creation of a dystopia in an effort to reach Utopia. Two novels which clearly illustrate this convention are Aldous Huxleys Brave New World and Anthony Burgess...

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Technology in a Utopian Society: Is It a Good Thing?

” writer E.M. Forster argues that the development and progression of technology in his utopian society, coupled with the lack of social interaction in it, will result in the “dumbing down” and dehumanization of society, ultimately resulting in a dystopia. Our society today strives for a utopian world as well. However, unless there is a conscious effort made to keep a balance between technology and social interaction, the progression of technology will hinder our level of social interaction, just...

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The Speculative Voice - Huxley vs Niccol (Bnw & Gattaca)

relative to their context, will eventually outweigh humanity’s values. For composers to make an impact on their audience and deliver a didactic message about the faults of striving for a "utopia" is to use their speculative voice to create a "dystopia". Huxley uses the character of John The Savage to emphasize the faults in his proposed dystopian society. John grew up in a primitive Indian village where he was rejected. He was raised with only a Holy Bible and the Complete Works of William Shakespeare...

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Utopia : a Perfect Place?

weakened that belief. Both cold and hot wars have followed each other in succession. Revolutions and civil wars have taken place and totalitarianism has become a fact that can hardly be ignored. Therefore, the modern age has become a time in which more dystopias have been envisioned than ever before. Throughout history, mankind has strived for perfection in every aspect of humanity, yet it has never been attained. There is a very thin line between perfection and disaster and result ultimately comes based...

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Science Fiction

what is ‘2 B R 0 2 B’, along with Kurt Vonnegut’s another work, ‘Harrison Bergeron’, if not a vicious, dark satire, commenting more on the contemporary than the future? When I think about my own idea of a typical science fiction, I think mostly of dystopias and utopias. Stories, where the action isn’t as important as the idea behind the setting. Stories where characters are mostly completely redundant and flat and are only there to show the author’s line of thought. When I think about a typical science...

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1984 vs. Fahrenheit 451

of world we are creating? It is the exact opposite of the stupid hedonistic Utopias…” (Orwell 267). 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 are both dystopias, although in each society, the government tells the citizens that it is a utopia. A dystopia is, “An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression or terror” (“dystopia”). On the other hand, a utopia is described as, “An ideally perfect place, especially in its social, political, and moral aspects”...

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the Giver

choice By eliminating as much personal variation as possible in favor of Sameness and a predictable society, Jonas's community has rejected the truly utopian possibilities of a society where people are free to move society forward. The result is a dystopia of conformity. A series of conversations between Jonas and The Giver shows that the totalitarian rationale for restricting each person's choice of clothing, job, spouse, and children results from the fear of making wrong choices. Yet, as Jonas...

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Novel and Book Thief

and 7 2/5, 2/8 Book #8 2/11, 2/16 Books # 9-11 2/25, 2/26 Books # 12-13 Your notes (your ideas for essay, Book Thief pages, Book Thief quotations) Utopia/dystopia A utopia is an imaginary place, situated in a particular time and space, that is socially, morally, and politically ideal. A dystopia is an imaginary place, also situated in a particular time or place, but which is socially, morally, and politically terrible, a state in which people are dehumanized, oppressed, terrorized...

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Robb

Robb Hall Mr. Dickau English 11A, Period B 15 March 2013 Gattaca and the Illusion of Limitation A dystopia is a society in which an illusion of perfection is maintained through oppressive control. Mediums of said control include corporate empire, bureaucracy, technology, and morality. In the film Gattaca (directed by Andrew Niccol), an imaginary dystopian world shows the potential of genetics and technology to control and forever change society. Eugenics is the primary means of discrimination...

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1984 vs 1983

dystopic future where pre-crime bears the authorisation to arrest ‘criminals’ based on the simple predictions of ‘Pre-Cogs’ and Phillip K Dick’s novella “Minority report” based on the paradoxes raised by predicting future. The three texts represent the dystopia we face as we become a more connected society. With social networks, cloud computing and even more specific, less-thought-about tech such as Internet-connected home surveillance systems, we will find ourselves in a delicate balance of trust and paranoia...

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Dystopian elements go through different

represent similar ideas. Correspondingly, in the short stories Arena by Frederic Brown and Through Thy Bounty by Lucy A. Snyder; both writers use the same elements of Dystopia and manage to emphasize the same aspects of humanity through different characters.  In both short stories the heroes arise from within the Dystopia. This element of dystopia is used in both short stories, however, Braun and Snyder choose protagonists with completely different characteristics. Such as, Carson, a soldier chosen at random...

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Future Concerns - 'Gattaca' and 'Fahrenheit 451'

Popular fictions texts expressing views of the future educate audiences about current issues and the dystopias that develop from them. Texts such as the film ‘Gattaca’, directed by Andrew Niccol and novel ‘Fahrenheit 451’ by Ray Bradbury explore futuristic societies and the implications that become of their innovation. Although entertaining, texts such as these are didactic and must be taken seriously, as they communicate messages to audiences regarding prevalent concerns and possible futures based...

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Gattaca

this way Winston finally has understood that he is nothing in the Party’s perpetual search of power. 1984 attempts to convey a dystopia where the human spirit has been completely crushed, where the individual has no power against the oppression and a world which offers no hope for the future. Eve to her Daughters attempts to warn its audience that submission to a dystopia will lead to oppression and ultimately the loss of human spirit. As a post-modernist poet, Wright adapts the characters of Adam...

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Dystopian Societies-1984 vs Fahrenheit 451

acknowledgement, yet its inhabitants have been manipulated into perceiving such as utopian. Contrary to their deceit induced perceptions, these characteristics are quite the opposite of utopian, they are dystopian! Many authors portray their own vision of a dystopia through novels. Two highly intriguing dystopian novels are George Orwell’s, “1984,” and Ray Bradbury’s, “Fahrenheit 451.” Their visions were strikingly similar as the themes were both based on totalitarian governments maintaining control through...

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Understanding Gulliver 's Travels in the Perspective of Utopia

The Search of Utopia in Dystopia in Gulliver’s Travels Utopia, the word invented by Sir Thomas More for his 1516 book Utopia, describing a fictional island in the Atlantic Ocean, now is generally considered as a world which tends to be perfect, a world of equality, without conflicts. Utopia is a name for an ideal community or society possessing a perfect socio-politico-legal system (Smith, 2010). Although the word “utopia” was invented by Thomas More, people in western world had begun their...

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Utopian and Dystopian Fiction

constantly trying to imagine and conceive plans for an idyllic state of today. The irony of utopia is that it means ‘no place, good place’ implying that utopia is an idealistic place that can never happen in reality. Then, what is dystopia? Thefreedictionary.com’s definition for dystopia is an imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad. But when all the writers think about their utopian places, just as many dystopian elements will come about as a “perfect” society just cannot...

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Which writer creates the most disturbing dystopian vision of the future- Orwell or Atwood?’

‘Which writer creates the most disturbing dystopian vision of the future- Orwell or Atwood?’ We perceive the idea of dystopia as a state or place in which there is oppression, dehumanisation and a totalitarian force: in 1984 and the Handmaid’s Tale this is true. However, both writers create this sense of dystopia in different ways. Orwell creates the civilisation of Oceania which governed by the looming totalitarian figure of Big Brother: whose society is under constant surveillance and undergoing...

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Fahrenheit 451 - Part I Discussion Outline (w/ Analysis and Questions)

psychiatrist. Clarisse balances carefully between enlightenment and insanity. Her words eventually get through to Montag and it doesn’t take long for him to begin evaluating his own reality. “Are you happy?” III. QUESTIONS FOR CRITICAL THINKING i. Dystopia is defined as “an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives” by the Merriam-Webster dictionary online. How does this definition differ from the dystopian world in which Montag lives? ii. In our world, firemen put out...

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Comparing Brave New World and Blade Runner

the themes of the nature of freedom and happiness, and of humanity overcoming nature. It can be seen in the texts that the view of humanity reflected is one of the misuse of technology and society. Technology creates the new wild, and develops a dystopia, which slowly strangles humanity's relationship with the natural world, leaving the characters to be destroyed by their own creation. Both texts show a world decimated by technology, bereft of true nature, and therefore of true humanity. What...

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Attack on Utopian Society in Brave New World

People need struggles and differences to be happy. It’s the struggles that make the good things in life even better, and the being able to have emotions to feel things. Exile is actually a good thing. Huxley’s ideas about Utopia actually being a dystopia can be found in Lois Lowry’s The Giver as well. In this novel, all the characters are “manufactured” and all live equally. Everyone gets the same amount of food, has professions picked out for them, and live in the same type of houses. No one is...

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