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Dystopia. Images of a Future. Dystopia Defined . A futuristic, imagined world with oppressive societal control and illusion of a perfect society - maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological , moral, or totalitarian control

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Images of a Future

dystopia defined
Dystopia Defined
  • A futuristic, imagined world with oppressive societal control and illusion of a perfect society

- maintained through corporate, bureaucratic,

technological, moral, or totalitarian control

- through exaggerated worst-case scenario, makes a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system

corporate control

1+ large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or the media. Examples include Minority Report

bureaucratic c ontrol
Bureaucratic control

Society controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials

technological control
Technological Control
  • Society is controlled by technology—through computers, robots, and/or scientific means.
philosophical religious c ontrol
Philosophical/Religious Control

Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government.

characteristics of a dystopian society
Characteristics of a Dystopian Society

1) Propaganda used to control the citizens of society.

2 information independent thought freedom are restricted
2) Information, independent thought, freedom are restricted.

3) A figurehead or concept is worshipped by citizens of the society.


4) Citizens live in a dehumanized state.

5) The natural world is banished and distrusted.

Syme was not only dead, he was abolished, an unperson.

1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four)

Part 2, Chapter 6.


6) Citizens conform to uniform expectations.

Individuality and dissent are bad.

7) The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.


8) Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.

9) Citizens have a fear of the outside world.

the dystopian protagonist
The Dystopian Protagonist

• often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.

• questions the existing social and political systems.

• believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives.

• helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.

brave new world
Brave New World
  • Allegory: device in which characters or events represent or symbolize ideas and concepts
  • Totalitarian rule: The 1920s and 30s saw rise of totalitarian leaders:
  • Joseph Stalin in Russia
  • Benito Mussolini in Italy
  • Adolph Hitler in Germany
  • charismatic leaders who would rule by fear and force
what is totalitarianism
What is Totalitarianism?

- the state holds total authority over the society and seeks to control all aspects of public and private life wherever necessary.

themes in the novel
Themes in the Novel
  • Technology
  • Totalitarianism
  • Individualism
  • Consumerism
  • Happiness – what it is and how to achieve it

The willingness to exchange freedom for

  • security
  • The illusion of happiness defined by someone else
  • So you don’t have to think about anything bad.