Dystopian Literary Analysis

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Dystopian literature has been established as an important source of political commentary through interpretation and portrayal of an alternate source of morality, usually contradicting popular belief. Through use of dystopian tropes, authors are able to effectively influence way of thought through the influence of their writing. This is usually done with the purpose of acting as warning against certain political ideologies, but there is more to dystopian literature than a simple heed of warning. Furthermore, stories like The Hunger Games, "The Lottery," and "The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas" remain relevant due to their thought-provoking plotlines and philosophical ideas.
Literary dystopian societies tend to hide under disguise as utopias,
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though happy”(Guin par. 3); except, when we continue reading we learn of the miserable child located below city grounds, living in his dank…show more content…
Considering the nature of philosophy, it tends to stay relevant regardless of time. Today we still use the philosophical ideas of people far in the past such as Aristotle, Plato, and Kant, to name a few. Actually, philosophy ages quite well and we use older ideas to serve as the foundations in our decision making and as time passes these same past thoughts will be used to create the very societies future generations will live in. The books we read now can be used as precedent to help make decisions later on and “science-fiction is closely linked to dystopian literature”(Henry par.5) according to an Artifice article on the importance of philosophy in dystopian literature. As a matter of fact, The Hunger Games is set in a futuristic time period with “electric fields” (Collins 81) and “hovercrafts”(Collins 82) where technology is far more advanced. Collins “offers… a highly-engaging cautionary tale about global warming, mass media, and political oppression”(par. 26) according to Henthorne 's article “Dystopia with a Difference: The Lessons of Panem and District 13”. These literary works are intentionally created with a setting in the future to warn us from possibly making the mistakes that lead to the creation of that type of society. Thus,
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