Dystopian And Science Fiction Literature: We By Zamyatin

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Dystopian and science fiction literature has been developed and is later recognized since the 18th century. According to Merriam Webster, the definition of a dystopian novel is: “an imaginary place where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives” (unknown year) According to dictionary.com the definition of a science fiction literature is: “a form of fiction that draws imaginatively on scientific knowledge and speculation in its plot, setting, theme, etc” (unknown year) One of the first well known novels that comprised both a dystopian and science fiction literature is We by Zamyatin. Since he was the first author to write a dystopian novel, there wasn’t any evidence of any other dystopian novels before him. It is evident that the novel, We incorporates and deviates the conventions of both genres. Zamyatin perseus the conventions of a science fiction genre but it becomes incidental so he can criticize his society’s goal on controlling equality when personal freedom is sacrificed. Within the development of writing his novel through a criticism mindset, he conceives a new genre of literature, dystopian. Dystopian novels are recognized for warning about the dangers of unchecked control over a state. The novel We has many aspects of a dystopian novel. This is because, as stated, he was the first to write a dystopian novel. The first convention that the novel We includes that there is no freedom and flexibility within the society. This convention is conspicuous
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