Utopian and dystopian fiction Essays

  • Dystopian Research Paper

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    Introduction A modern tradition in literature is to examine societies and their dysfunctions. An entire genre, dystopian literature, examines how societies are destined to fail. A Dystopian literature is about an overly governed society that is attempting to be “perfect,” run by a group of sadistic people or a single tyrant. This type of literature includes some background about how the community was run, but the focus is typically on a communal realization and uproar. This type of literature

  • Perfection Of A Dystopian Society

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    a Society The term “dystopia” derives directly from the word utopian, which first was first noted to have appeared in the year 1516 in Thomas Mores well-known work Utopia (Xiaolan). The word utopia itself refers to a society that is typically set in a distant future and is implied to be the ideal or perfect world for all people in the world to live in. (Xiaolan) On the other hand, the word dystopia is said to be the opposite of utopian, meaning that while it’s still set in a distant future, it is

  • The Giver Euphemism Analysis

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    Giver is not her first novel, she has written many other children’s fiction and is well known for her stories about Anastasia Krupnik – funny stories that have been hugely popular with young readers since the first one was published in 1979. She has been writing children’s fiction for a long time now, but she was herself unaware of the fact that The Giver will not be considered as the children’s book rather, a young adult or adult fiction. The Giver was one of the earliest novels of Lois Lowry which has

  • Dystopian Novel

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    totalitarian form of government, or some other kind of tyrannical social control. Dystopia has been a frequent theme of popular and literary fiction ever since in the eighteenth century. Evolving not simply as a comeback to fictional utopian concerns, but also as a response to the established or menacing ideals and politics of the writer’s time, the dystopian novel tends to use its make-believe appearance as a front to critique the ideologies under which they’ve been falsified. When it seeks to travel

  • Similarities Between Uopia And Dystopia

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    other means that everything is terrible. as many writers, critics and philosophers give different definitions for them, and many books have written about them to show that the society as it is or how it should be. The dystopian stories are regularly stories around survival. Dystopian tales stress the feelings of the frailty of the people in the face of oppression. Merriam Webster also defined dystopia as "a

  • Minor Themes In George Orwell's Animal Farm

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    One basic ideology that runs through George Orwell’s Animal Farm is the belief that all animals deserve liberty and equality for all irrespective of stature, wealth etc. Orwell’s satire, based on the Russian Revolution and its aftermath, shows us that all animals [people] do desire for belonging, shelter as mentioned in Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs. However that is denied to them. The story also details how even the best intention can run amok when power goes to one’s head, and how a seemingly positive

  • Summary Of The Great Chain Of Being In Macbeth

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    My visual representation of the play Macbeth, by William Shakespeare focuses on the specific interpretation of the play in relation to the Great Chain of Being. In my illustration, I draw Macbeth and Lady Macbeth climbing the Great Chain of Being to represent how they metaphorically elevate themselves from their proper place in society to become King and Queen. Although the characters in the play are unaware of the chain, their actions and the consequences that surface from their rule exemplify the

  • The Giver: A Dystopian Society

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    Have you ever dreamed about a world that is perfect, not just for you, but for everybody. Such an amazing thing doesn't really exist. The Giver is a book about a dystopian society. It's a future world where the people in charge are trying to make a perfect community, but no place can be perfect. There world is similar to our world, but there are many differences too. In this community everyone has a family but the families are not related and the are put together by the people in charge. There is

  • Manhattan In The Mirror Of Slang Analysis

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    Manhattan in the Mirror of Slang/ New York City Life and Popular Speech New York City Life and Popular Speech The hundreds, even thousands, of words and phrases of slang and other popular speech about life in New York, especially Manhattan, are a treasure trove of social and cultural history. A distinctive word culture of social life in the city flowed from the modern cycle of urban growth that started significantly in the 1840s. These words about the city, individually and taken together

  • The Giver: A Utopia Or Dystopia?

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    Is The Giver A Utopia or Dystopia What would you do if you had a chance to live in a virtually perfect world? A world with no pain, suffering, or hunger? This essay will explain that this “perfect” world might not be what it’s hacked up to be. It might just be a dystopia in disguise. The Giver is a book about just that. It’s based in the future, in a community with a forcefield that “protects” the people inside. I think the society that The Giver is based in is a dystopia, which is a virtually

  • The Governess In Henry James's The Turn Of The Screw

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    The tiny shoes, the small clothes, and sweet little coos of joy; it’s enough to make anyone come down with baby fever. Having a child is one of the most beautiful miracles in life and one of the most primal urges. But what happens when the desire for a child goes a bit too far? From the very beginning, the governess, the narrator of The Turn of the Screw, shows a deep-seated fascination and borderline obsession for her new charges, Miles, age ten, and his sister Flora, age eight. The governess envies

  • Symbolism And Symbolism In Desiree's Baby By Kate Chopin

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    “Desiree’s Baby” is a short story written by Kate Chopin. The story is about a girl named Desiree who married Armand Aubigny. They had a child and everything seemed to be fine,as time passed, the baby’s skin color started darkening a little. Armand said it was Desiree’s fault. Since her origin was unknown, Armand came to conclusion that she had black blood. Desiree went to her mother’s home with the child leaving Armand alone. Armand decided to burn all of her belongings. As he was surrounded by

  • Critical Analysis Of There Will Come Soft Rains

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    The twentieth century has been characterized by the continuous progression of technological development. This was perhaps one of the defining features of the Cold War’s beginnings; the technological race that initiated during the 1950s was the byproduct of a bipolar competition for world domination. Most believe that technological innovation has been essential for the positive transformation of modern societies, but there are those who are wary of the negative effects that technology may produce

  • Modernist Utopia In Film

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    Examine the idea of a Modernist Utopia in relation to two films, at least one of which must be on the module filmography. Introduction SLIDE 1 Oscar Wilde say a map of world without utopia, it was not worth having. Actually, utopias come in many different way, they don't have to be the plans for our future, they also can be criticisms of the present. SLIDE 2 Utopias usually are criticised because they violate the reality principle as represented by our knowledge of history. They never actually

  • The Giver Utopia

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    When presented with the decision of living in a utopic or dystopic society, one may lean towards the utopian civilization- thinking that a utopia is the definition of a the most perfect place to be. However, what people may not realize is that there are great lengths to achieve the type of paradise-like society, and after all is said and done, the utopian society is not actually what is said to be. In the novel The Giver by award winner Lois Lowry, the author explores the idea of one’s perfect world

  • Dystopian Literature: The Hero's Journey

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    development arc and how that arc is affected by the character’s gender. Similarly the field of young adult dystopian fiction is still largely unexplored and still developing. By looking at the character of Tally Youngblood one can see that her journey subverts conventional views of a heroine’s journey. Through Tally, the Uglies trilogy invites readers to think about how, in YA dystopian fiction, female characters face internal struggles that are mirrored by the external challenges they face. This is

  • Eugenics As A Factor Of Dystopias

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    EUGENICS AS A FACTOR OF DYSTOPIAS Dystopia is a fictional society which consists of unwanted systems and lives. It is also the opposite of utopia, meaning a community in which everything is perfect. Dystopias include elements such as authoritarian governments, violation of human rights, and immoral practices. Eugenics is also a factor used in dystopias because it is considered to contain unethical applications and unjust consequences. On the other hand, according to the people and governments who

  • Analysis Of Individuality In The Film 'THX 1138'

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    Analysis Individuality A major theme in the film THX-1138 involves the complete loss of humanity and individuality that faces every minor character in the movie. As a matter of fact, internal forces that lack a visible leader drive the underground society portrayed in the film. In particular, every activity is under heavy scrutiny although no one appears to be in charge. Lawyers discuss laws while a robot police enforces them, but ultimately, every decision is computed. Accordingly, Mike O’Neal pointed

  • Kurt Vonnegut Conformity In Society

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    Conformity is something that humans have been doing for a long time. Such conformity has lead to negative outcomes. This idea is explored through “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Unknown Citizen” by W.H. Auden. In these two texts conformity eliminates individuality and causes the society to be weakened. In “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut conformity is present in society and individuality is eliminated throughout society which weakens society. First Vonnegut proves the citizens are

  • Dystopian Society Vs Modern Society

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    Dystopian society, a community in which it is the opposite of a utopian society. A utopian society is a perfect place for all people. There are many examples of both these in all sorts of places. Just like in Fahrenheit 451, 2081, and Uglies.There are many examples of dystopian societies in books, films, and many other sources of presentations. These societies can have many differences and similarities to today’s modern American society. Three societies that people can compare the modern society