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dystopian novel unit

Dystopian Novel Unit

PowerPoinT by Mrs. Haulbrook

Information copied from Ms. Jackie’s blog

utopia
Utopia
  • A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs and conditions
  • A true utopian place has never been proven to exist; however, the Garden of Eden and the Golden Age in Ancient Greece are said to have been utopias
  • Examples of “utopias”
    • Amana Colony 
    • The Shakers
    • Brook Farm
dystopias
Dystopias
  • 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. (Typically designed to criticize a current trend, societal norm, or political system through an exaggerated worst-case scenario)
  • Examples:
    • The Hunger Games
    • Divergent
    • The Giver
    • Unwind
    • Matched
    • The Selection
characteristics of a dystopian society
Characteristics of a dystopian society
  • Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society
  • Information, independent through, and freedom are restricted
  • A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society
  • Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance
  • Citizens have a fear of the outside world
  • Citizens live in a dehumanized state
  • The natural world is banished and distrusted
  • Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad
  • The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world
types of dystopian controls
Types of dystopian controls
  • Corporate control
    • One or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or the media (EX: Minority Report and Running Man)
  • Bureaucratic control
    • Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless reglations, and incompetent government officials (EX: Brazil)
  • Technological control
    • Society is controlled by technology– through computers, robots, and/or scientific means (EX: The Matrix, The Terminator, and I, Robot)
  • Philosophical/religious control
    • Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government
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 recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective