Dystopia is a popular genre in which authors write about a fictional society that is perceived to be perfect and ideal by the vast majority of the people in it. Authors must intrigue the reader, and this is difficult because they have to somehow illustrate a future that is vaguely similar to ours. However, it has to be completely fictional, which makes it tough to formulate realistic storylines. Nevertheless, these authors use literary elements to counter these difficulties and produce realistic characters and you can see this when Ray Bradbury, Ayn Rand, and James Dashner use symbolism in their respected novels, Fahrenheit 451, Anthem, and The Maze Runner. This literary technique gives Dystopian Literature the uniqueness and adds the key elements to make the story flow.
“Even the Matching of Spouses was given such a weighty consideration that sometimes an adult who applied to receive a spouse waited months or even years before a Match was approved and announced” (Lowry 48). In the novel The Giver by Lois Lowry, there is a community where there is almost no decision or say in any situations, you wake up tomorrow, and it is the same as yesturday. Nothing is ever unique or different, it’s always the same. Every choice is made for them, every move the make being decided for them. This is how it was in the community, everything was the same always. We are lucky to have the luxury of being able to make our own decisions. While our community have jobs, birthdays, and family, just like the community in The Giver,
The community in the novel The Giver is a dystopia. I think that this community is an example of a dystopia for three reasons. The three reasons are first nobody gets to chose their own job, second if someone does something wrong three times then they get released, and the third reason is that the community is in a state called sameness.
When presented with the decision of living in a utopic or dystopic society, one may lean towards the utopian civilization- thinking that a utopia is the definition of a the most perfect place to be. However, what people may not realize is that there are great lengths to achieve the type of paradise-like society, and after all is said and done, the utopian society is not actually what is said to be. In the novel The Giver by award winner Lois Lowry, the author explores the idea of one’s perfect world. She garnered information on what people would consider their ‘perfect utopia,’ with the knowledge that such thing can never be achievable without its drawbacks. Lois wrote and introduced the process and daily operations needed to be taken by communities-
What is the difference between a dystopian society to our society? How about the similarities between the two societies? There are definitely many discernible unorthodoxness in a dystopian society versus the “real world” like the fact, that a dystopian society is more grotesque, to the point that it’s boring. On the other hand, there are plenty enough similarities like, how both societies strive for better, a utopia. In other words, dystopia compared to society, more specifically dystopian society, education systems, rules/laws, and family between our society’s education systems, rules/laws, and family, is substantially different, but there are some associations that could be made.
Have you ever thought about why authors write dystopian fiction book? Well some reasons authors write dystopian fiction books are to give us ideas about future inventions, ideas about things that could happen to society in the future and a paragraph on why I disagree with the people who say
There are a lot of books centered around dystopian literature. A dystopian world is a place trying to act like a utopia but fails. Usually, when authors are wanting to make a dystopian world they take what they think is a problem times it by 20 and fix in a
Dystopia is a opposite of utopia. From the greek it means ‘nowhere’. ‘The dystopian form presents something of paradox’(the dictionary of alternatives). Some dystopian are work like satire that parody of the good life. ‘In the twentieth century that dystopia really comes of age,
he literature concept of dystopia means the unpleasant place to live in, which portrays social issues, political, religious, ethics, economy, dehumanization by governments and morality subjects. In literature, it is used to describe society as an enemy of the main character. Referring to society as a dystopian depends on everyone’s point of view. For example, someone may feel indifferent about forbidding alcohol in his country since he or she may have religious beliefs or thinks that alcohol is sensible to them, while someone else would disagree because he or she thinks that it is a matter of choice and that people have the right to elect for themselves. Perhaps their religious beliefs encourage having alcohol. Although we clearly see the utopian theme in Voltaire’s Novella Candide, it is categorized as a dystopian story. I would say it is a dilemma between utopia and dystopia; we also sense a dystopian theme in the novella that shows a deep meaning in how to be a part of a whole and how to live right as a human being. In Candide Voltaire’s novella, we are taken on a journey to discover and view the world from a dystopian angle. We are also led by Voltaire to wonder about their world. Voltaire’s creation shows two different characters. Pangloss, as the positive character who advises Candide and makes him think positively in the life and in contrast, Martin; who is dystopian, he expects the worse scenarios of life. I will be analyzing Pangloss’s character and compare it to
Society and its many flaws. One would come to think that society eventually could fix them all, and of course it is easy to believe, for society tries constantly to fix itself, even if it conflicts within. Dystopian writing, for example. Dystopian writing has been a form of writing that teenagers today tend to take enjoyment in. However, some people have other thoughts upon it, such as Michael Solana, who had written "STOP WRITING DYSTOPIAN SCI-FI--IT'S MAKING US ALL FEAR TECHNOLOGY", which explains how dystopian writing is making people today fear the future more than ever, claiming that the fear created is fear for technology such as artificial intelligence. However, there are people who have other thoughts on the topic of dystopian writing. Elissa Nadworny, for example, wrote "Why Teens Find The End Of The World So Appealing", which explains how dystopian
On 12 March 1868, John Stuart Mill first coined the word ‘dystopia’ in his Parliamentary speech on Mr. Maguire’s Motion on the State of Ireland (Mill, 1988). Dystopia is an antonym of utopia, a word that Sir Thomas More coined and used as the title of his famous work, Utopia in 1516 (More, 1516/1992). Editors Claeys and Sargent (1999) defined dystopia as a society that is invented to be far worse than contemporary society. Dystopia is also a society that is characterized on what is against the author’s characteristic spirit of a society, including oppression, public suspicion, and mass poverty (Apocalyptic Literature, 1993). A dystopian society is a menacing setting which serves as a warning to us about totalitarian futures that seem all too likely and real (Kennon, 2005). Gradually, many authors use dystopia as a genre, thus becoming dystopian literature. Cranny-Francis (1990) described dystopian literature as “the textual representation of a society apparently worse than the writer/reader’s own” (p. 125). Booker (1994) wrote that dystopian literature offers the chance of giving new perspectives on questionable political and social practices that would have been otherwise thought as natural.
Dystopian fiction is a contemporary literary sub-genre that falls under the umbrella genre of speculative fiction. This type of fiction predicts the possible, oppressive, futuristic sociopolitical changes that deprive the society of worldly pleasures. Dystopian fiction was defined by many scholars. Basu, Broad, and Hintz in their edited book Contemporary Dystopian Fiction for Young Adults: Brave New Teenagers (2009) defined dystopia as a fiction that “describes non-existent societies intended to be read as “considerably worse” than the reader’s own” and that is the opposite of utopia which is “the non-existent society “considerably better” than the current world” (Basu et al. 2). Therefore, dystopia gives the illusion of a highly moral and perfect society that could exist in real life which is a feature of speculative fictional writing. According to P.L. Thomas’ book Science Fiction and Speculative Fiction: Challenging Genres (2013), speculative fiction is a fiction that “deals all too often with a dark future that is looked upon as both a representation of current society and as a lived possibility” (Thomas 108). Moreover, speculative fiction was defined in comparison to science fiction which is “a literary genre whose necessary and sufficient conditions are the presence and interaction of estrangement and cognition, and whose main formal device is an imaginative frame- work alternative to the author’s empirical environment”. However, the difference between them is that
Dystopian novels are works of fiction written that depict a perfect society. Naturally, most of dystopian literature is about societies with an altered piece of society that the author deems insufficient in their reality. Margaret Atwood wrote a futuristic dystopian novel, ‘The Handmaids Tale’ about a society named Gilead. Atwood creates a dystopia in which sexuality is governmentally regulated. Due to a cultural shift of values, the Republic of Gilead had one goal: to control procreation to repopulate the earth. Gilead uses a distorted version of the bible to control society and have total rule over citizens. Many aspects are justified with biblical aspects from the book of Genesis. The idea that men are in power and women are at fault for