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Dystopia

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Defintions The Matter of Seggri Discussion Question #1 Works Cited Utopia vs. Dystopia Dystopia Identify features in this short video clip that resembles a dystopian society. "Brave New World: Top Ten Quotes." n.pag. Novelguide. Web. 9 Apr 2013. <http://www.novelguide.com/bravenewworld/toptenquotes.html>.

Dalrymple, Theodore. "The Dystopian Imagination ." City Journal. (2001): n. page. Web. 8 Apr. 2013. <http://www.city-journal.org/html/11_4_oh_to_be.html>.

DiYanni, Robert. Glossary of Fiction Terms. 5th edition. McGraw-Hill Higher Education, 2002. Web <http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072405228/student_view0/fiction_glossary.html>.

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, ed. "Quotes of the Novel." Quotes of Fahrenheit 451. N.p.. Web. 9 Apr 2013. <https://sites.google.com/site/qotesoffahrenheit451/quotes/quote-of-the-novel>.

"Exploring Dystopia." Dystopia: Characteristics. N.p., n. d. Web. Web. 4 Apr. 2013. <http://hem.passagen.se/replikant/dystopia_characteristics.htm>.

"Fahrenheit 451: Themes, Motifs & Symbols." SparkNotes. SparkNotes. Web. 9 Apr 2013. <http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/451/themes.html>

"Quotes from the Movie V for Vendetta." FinestQuotes.com. N.p., n. d. Web. Web. 8 Apr. 2013. <http://www.finestquotes.com/movie_quotes/movie/V for Vendetta/page/0.htm>.

Raffaella Baccolini, “Dystopia Matters: On the Use of Dystopia and Utopia”, Spaces of Utopia: An Electronic Journal, nr. 3, Autumn/Winter 2006, pp. 1-4 <http://ler.letras.up.pt > ISSN 1646-4729.

White, Craig. "Conventions of Utopian/Dystopian Literature." n.pag. University of Houston Clear Lake. Web. 9 Apr 2013. <http://coursesite.uhcl.edu/HSH/Whitec/terms/U/UtopConventions.htm>. By Desiree Acosta, Erika Acosta,
Kimberly Ayala, Betty Hu,
Yin Ni (Lilian) Lee Conventions "[...] an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system."
Convention is the literary-critical term for the marks, signs, traits, or traditions that identify genres. Brave New World Fahrenheit 451 V for Vendetta I, Robot (00:18=00:42) “So now do you see why books are hated and feared? They show the pores in the face of life. The comfortable people want only wax moon faces, poreless, hairless, expressionless." (Bradbury 83). Would you describe our society as a utopia or dystopia? Provide some supporting examples for your answer. Discussion Question #2 "All they are allowed to do after the age of eleven is compete in games and sports inside the castle, and compete in fuckeries, [...] Nothing else. No options. No trades. [...] They aren't allowed into colleges to gain any kind of freedom of mind" (Le Guin 32). "And that," put in the Director sententiously, "that is the secret of happiness and virtue— liking what you've got to do. All conditioning aims at that: making people like their inescapable social destiny" (Huxley 12). "Strength through Unity. Unity through Faith." Groundbreaking and Unconventional Usually in the dystopian societies, the oppressed individuals are never glorified by the control. "There were all these old men that smelled funny and they made me take my clothes off and they measured my peepee!" (Le Guin 38). "Their gender imbalance had produced a society in which, as far as I can tell, the men have all the privilege and the women have all the power. It's obviously a stable relationship" (Le Guin 31). "Yet he encouraged the older boys to rape the eleven and twelve year old boys, as a manly practice" (Le Guin 56). Usually it is never the women who are the figureheads.
The individuals who live similarly to us analyze the dystopia. The Matter of Seggri Brave New World Fahrenheit 451 V for Vendetta "And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn't there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance and oppression. And where once you had the freedom to object, to think and speak as you saw fit, you now have censors and systems of surveillance coercing your conformity and soliciting your submission." "He promised you order, he promised you peace, and all he demanded in return was your silent, obedient consent." "A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs around conditions." Some expectations that mark literary dystopia as a genre: (1) Independent thought and freedom is restricted (2) Dehumanized state (3) illusion of a perfect utopian world (4) No individualism Outline 1. Definitions
Utopia vs. Dystopia
Conventions
2. Matter of Seggri
3. Groundbreaking and Unconventional
4. Examples of Dystopia
Brave New World, Fahrenheit 451, V for Vendetta
5. Discussion Questions
6. Works Cited
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