Political Oppression In Dystopias

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Political and sociological oppression is presented in dystopian novels because of totalitarian control in the laws, customs, and practices in an existing state of illusion. A dystopia is an “unhealthy, bad place that seems like a perfect society”. Dystopias are futuristic places where oppressive societal control, and illusions of a perfect society take place through corporate, technological, and moral control. Oppression is the combination of prejudice and access to social, political, and economic power on the part of a powerful group. This fictional literary device in dystopian literature is often used for exploring political and social structures in a place with poverty, war, discomfort, and oppression. (Savage) Different types of dystopian…show more content…
Both Divergent and Hunger Games say something about gender equality, and The Giver gives boys of color important roles. None imagine a future in which racism and sexism are significant problems facing their main characters. Divergent, written by Veronica Roth, is basically based on a utopia divided into five groups, called factions that have a value over the others. Each division contributes to society with their strength. At a certain age, the people are tested to determine in what category they belong in, even though they were born in a specific faction. After the test, they go through another test, which would be “initiation”. If they do not pass this, they are kicked out of the community and become “factionless”. People who do not pass the test struggle to survive.…show more content…
For example, in the Hunger Games films, there is a diversity in the characters. Obviously though, diversity of characters depends on the material and purpose of the films. District 11, one of the settings in the second film, is filled almost completely with dark colored skin inhabitants. At the same time, the film implies that white characters like Katniss and Gale now make up the majority of the poorest district. (Siddiquee) The recent film adaptation of The Giver, based on Louis Lowes dystopian young adult novel, shows the concept of “sameness” as it demonstrates a future in which the people in power have decided to erase the memory of human beings to protect people from their own emotions and thoughts. The result is the creation of a bland and lifeless population. Another alternative from young adult dystopian books for Hollywood to pick from would be Octavia Butler’s novel Parable of the Sower. This novel explores the environmental and social disaster from a different perspective. It focuses on the life of 15-year-old girl Lauren Olamina trying to survive in a country that is being destroyed and devastated by global warming and
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