Imagine a world without war, where everything gets along. Now, take a moment to manifest a complete opposite world where nothing is perfect and problems plague the world. In speculative fiction, these worlds are called utopia and dystopia respectively. Utopia attains characteristics of peaceful governance, equality for citizens, a safe environment and education, healthcare and employment. In contrast, dystopia’s characteristics such as a controlling, oppressing government, anarchy or no government, extreme poverty and banning of independent thought.
The broader impact of such methodical violence on society is that these actions repress everyone's thoughts of revolt, uprising, or rebellion. Even though many citizens were not directly impacted by the violence, people quickly understand that they too would be at the mercy of the totalitarian regime if they attempt to exercise political or personal
Utopia is similar to science fiction because both of them represent unreal world and refer to unique and perfect society (Suvin 34 – 38) there is another definition of utopia which is “Utopia is a holding operation, a set of strategies to maintain social order and the perfection in the face of deficiencies, not to say hostility, of nature and the willfulness of a man” (Davis 37). On the other hand, there is an opposite definition of utopia which is described as an imagined community established in specific time and place by which the writer wants the reader to imagine and know a perfect society than his community (Sargent 9).
They show that technology plays a role in giving society its character or foreshadows a dystopia. They also reveal what is truly at work behind the mask of its “perfect” society. In conclusion, Rand and other authors warn that utopias are a danger to humanity and that “utopia,” the non-existent land, shall always and forever stay as
The film Metropolis ends with the Foreman and Joh Fredersen shaking hands and making peace, after a clash between capitalists and workers. However, that ending doesn't lead us to a clear conclusion and leaves many questions unanswered. This paper seeks to analyze if this peace is a rational one and if the end of the movie is a moment of totalitarianism. Metropolis is an indicative film of class and social issues. It is based on Marx’s class analysis, with the bourgeoisies at the top of the economic hierarchy, managers in the middle and workers at the bottom of the financial scale.
A.E. Samaan once said “All utopias are dystopias. The term "dystopia" was coined by fools that believed a "utopia" can be functional.” Which means no matter how good a society might seem and no matter how foolproof it may seem, a perfect society isn’t possible. This would mean that even if a society lifted up the ungifted instead of handicapping the gifted like in Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” then the society would still be dystopian because everyone would still not be equal. The definition of utopia is “a place or state of things in which everything is perfect” and because man is imperfect then any society that man creates would be imperfect, imaginary or otherwise.
People might be deprived the rights and opportunities to get in touch with the new things. Other common themes include government surveillance, poor living standards, totalitarian regimes, brainwashing, concealing of information, police brutality and status crimes. Although the idea of a utopian society can be brief imagined, this society could not sustain itself due to the unpredictable nature of life. Although we desire a world free of conflict and pain, it will never actually be achieved. The innate faults in our own human nature make it impossible for us to collectively strive for the same goal, despite it being for universal
By skillfully promoting rhetoric that prioritized traditional values, German people clung onto an idealized past when women weren’t in the workforce, when art didn’t depict the grotesque and scary aspects of society, and when prostitutes weren’t in the public eye. If Weimar culture hadn’t developed in such an extreme fashion, then it would have been easier for the Weimar Republic to survive. However, as it strayed further and further from the past, people found it harder to grow accustomed to. The more liberal the country became, the more people craved the return to past traditions and ideals. Where the left grew increasingly polarized and indecisive, the right stayed unified and strong.
The Weimar republic founded after the Kaisers abdication in 1918 (LINK) is believed by many to have been doomed to fail from its inception on the 9th November 1918. It is believed to have been doomed due to the economic, social, political factors present during its inception and reign as well as the very constitution it was hastily founded upon after the Kaisers abdication. These factors include the increased gaps between the classes, the budget constraints brought on by the war, the failing industry, conservative judges, political unrest as well as the Weimar’s constitution. These factors combined would doom the Weimar republic and allow men attached to right or left wing ideologies to try and seize power from the instable Weimar republic