American Literature. Ms. Chaga Spring 2014. 28 January 2014. Welcome to Ms. Chaga’s English class! Daily Question (#1): If you had to lose one of your senses (taste, touch, sight, sound, hearing), which would you choose? Why? Vocab (#2) Syllabus (#3) Letter of Introduction (#4)
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Gentlemen: I received your letter today by post, in regard to the ransom you ask for the return of my son. I think you are a little high in your demands, and I hereby make you a counter proposition, which I am inclined to believe you will accept. You bring Johnny home and pay me two hundred and fifty dollars in cash, I agree to take him off your hands. You had better come at night, for the neighbors believe he is lost, and I couldn’t be responsible for what they would do to anyone they saw bringing him back.
[T]eenagers who are loving the dystopian themes are generally the ones who don’t have to face it. […] Would we be so enamored with dystopian fiction if we lived in a culture where violent death was a major concern? It wouldn’t be escapism.
Schools are places where teens are subject to dress codes, have few free speech rights, and are constantly under surveillance, where they rise and sit at the sound of a bell. Is it any wonder that dystopian novels speak to them?
[T]he current popularity of dystopian tales also owes a lot to Internet-age marketing.
The more we understand how small and powerless we really are against the immense forces that control our existence, the more we yearn to feel meaningful. And so we read again and again about the child of dystopia who makes us feel hope for humankind.
2. What, if anything, does he or she think makes the themes in today’s young adult stories different from those in the past?
3. After reading this writer’s thoughts on dystopian themes in young adult literature, do you agree or disagree? Why?