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Copy of The Giver Project: Utopia vs. Dystopia
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Utopia vs Dystopia
Examples of dystopian movies
a place of ideal perfection especially in laws, government, and social conditions
any real or imaginary place where people live dehumanized and often fearful lives
I Am Legend
Planet of the Apes
Written by Lois Lowry
Setting: a utopian community somewhere on earth in the future
A self-sufficient comminunity controls everything-weather, trade, how you look, your job, etc.
There are no major choices for normal people to make
Main Characters: Jonas, the Giver, Gabriel
With memories given to him by the Giver, Jonas decides the communities ideas are unfair
Men Like Gods
Written by H.G. Wells in 1923
Setting: Earth and in a "parallel universe" on a planet named Utopia
Utopia has advanced science, technology, and the people that work for themselves; it is an "advanced Earth"
The main character, Mr. Barnstaple, is a reporter for a newspaper on Earth traveling to Utopia with other "earthlings"
What he finds is so much better then Earth, and starts changing his views on the way people should live
But, as the people from Earth bring new diseases, they must go back, but they won't because they like the planet too much
The Utopians must now find a way to get them off of the planet
Brave New World
Written by Aldous Huxley in 1931
Setting: London in the year 2540
The World is set up aroud the principles of Henry Ford's production line
He is thought of as an inspiring inventer (he even has his own holiday)
Sleep learning (where things are repeated to you while you sleep) and reproductive technology make this world a utopia
They control the the people by controling reproduction and the control how people act by the sleep therapy
It is like the Giver: No real marriage, natural birth, individuallity or choices
The main character, John, does not belive this is right, in the same way Jonas does
Written in 1949
Author: George Orwell
Setting: Earth after WWII
Three seperate, militaristic societies exist that they are constantly at war with each other.
Citizens are costantly monitored in every aspect of their life.
Mind control is used on those who oppose the communist like governments.
The main conflict of the three societies throught the book is the conquest of Africa.
Lord of The World
Written in 1908
Author:Robert Hugh Benson
Setting: The Earth in a time before WWI
A single world government rules
The government has turned into an “anti-Christ”
Churches have been surrendered.
No history, hope, or religion
Suicide is common
Third person plot
Main Characters: Percy Franklin and Julian Felsenburgh
It Can’t Happen Here
Written by Sinclair Lewis
Setting: sometime in the future of America
One man wants to change the world for good
Becomes president of the United States
Power starts to control him and he becomes a dictator
Causes chaos throughout the states
People put to death for simple things like falling out of favor with the dictator
Those who fight the dictator face death for freedom
Dystopia is ruled by fear
It is unsafe to leave home
Examples of utopian movies
By Matt Darok, Benson Beidler, and Jillian Forney
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