Staley English I 12 January 2018 Dystopian Appeal to Teenagers Dystopian literature has become an ever increasing presence in today's teenage world. However, one might query as to why adolescents have lost interest in books such as Narnia and Twilight which are works of fantasy fiction. A dystopian society is the opposite of a utopia, it’s a place where negative social forces drive the plot. This shift of interests is a peculiar phenomenon as these two genres are almost completely opposite. Some of the common examples of dystopian literature include the novel, Anthem, written by Ayn Rand and the film, The Giver, directed by Phillip Noyce.
Lies. Fears. Death. These are all the characteristics of a dystopian society. Dystopian literature are stories that is set in the future and involves a society with dystopian themes, such as flaws and rebels.
What in today's society is parallel to George Orwell's 1984? The book 1984 written by George Orwell in 1948, depicted a dystopian future with the forced removal of individuality and free thinking as an effect of a revolution which put Oceania's residence in a tight grasp in their leader "Big Brother's" hands. It also is a fine representation of a cycle in which the lower classes living in dystopia are fueling the higher classes utopia and luxurious life. 1984 is known as the guide to the 20th century as it is an effective field guide into what is an unmistakable dystopian future. It depicts horrific themes of widespread media control, lack of personal privacy, and parents being scared of their own children.
Like all other genres the dystopian genre that found a place of importance in literature,was a direct outcome of an antithesis to utopia and was instrumental in portraying autopia gone awry.Dystopia is the stark opposite to the term utopia.It is best described as the society that is undesirable and frightening. It is described as 'not a good place '. Dystopia was earlier called 'Cacotopia ' meaning 'bad or wicked '.Both the terms utopia and dystopia are Greek in origin.Dystopia can be described as an imaginary place where the condition of life is highly pathetic due to deprivation and terror.Hence dystopian novels are set in a futuristic world where one can find traces of the present world.This term was first coined by John Stuart Mill in 1868 during one of his parliamentary speeches.It was in the 1950 's that utopian novels emerged as a genre.During 1899 H.G Wells published his first dystopian novella The Story of Days to Come and novel When the Sleeper Walks. Utopias were born out of man 'sdesire and imagination for a perfect society which was always unconsciously present in his psyche.But with the advent of the twentieth century these assumptions of utopia drastically
What are the conditions when society gets destroyed? Dystopias can be described as an imagined place where everything is miserable. They are characterized by human misery and poverty. The following essay will contain evidence from three stories; The Lottery by Shirley Jackson, Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut, and There Will Come Soft Rains by Ray Bradbury. The authors of the dystopian stories, all demonstrate the theme of an oppressive government which assists them in showing how the government has the power to destroy society by stoning people, putting restraints on them and even using nuclear bombs, which all cause the death of innocent citizens.
Dystopia is a society of human misery in which squalor and fear are rampant as the government enforces absolute power over its citizens, controlling them both physically and mentally. Dystopian literature is a style of fictional writing that explores societies crippled by deprivation and oppression. Since the citizens live in constant terror, rebellion is a natural consequence for citizens who want to survive. Winston is a citizen of Oceania who refuses to accept the conditions in which he lives and fights back. Rebellion is an element of dystopian literature that George Orwell uses throughout the novel 1984.
He wants what he wants for him not for the good of the society in the book. Readers can also connect to Matched because it is about a teen girl trying to figure out what to do in this world and who she wants to love. It tells of her struggles and what she does to get over them and about defying all the rules and leaving her family along the way. She loses many friends and loved ones and i think this is why teens relate to it so much. As one can see, dystopian books relate to young readers a lot more than other books and this is why they are so
However, other authors envisioned a bleak dystopian world in which mankind has lost many important objects, and sometimes intangible values as well. Three examples of dystopian fiction are Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s two novels, Animal Farm and 1984. Through these and other novels, science fiction authors have elevated the genre from popular fiction to serious literature. These authors fundamentally changed how people today judge science fiction literature. Ray Bradbury has continued to elevate the genre as an American science fiction writer.
These dystopias are meant to effectively teach us because it uses it appeals to our emotions using the story’s world and it’s mistakes through meaningful characters and extreme example of cause and affect. There are, without a doubt, many flaws about the world and dystopian stories emphasize on these flaws. These flaws are emphasized