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Patricia Silva

Utopia vs Dystopia

Patricia Silva

on 27 April 2010

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What are utopia and dystopia? Here are two simple definitions: A utopia is an imaginary place, situated in a particular time and space, that is socially, morally, and politically ideal. A dystopia is an imaginary place, also situated in a particular time or place, but which is socially, morally, and politically terrible, a state in which people are dehumanized, oppressed, terrorized, or completely dominated.
Utopia- An ideally perfect place,
especially in its social, political, and
moral aspects. -Dictionary Dystopia-An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror. -Dictionary I am doing the importance of Utopian and Dystopian ideas within Literature.
The idea of a Utopia has been around for millions of years, in religious aspects
"Heaven", as well as Dystopia; "Hell". These ideas are engraved in time, history,
religion, and literature. People fear total chaos but the idea of living in a Utopia,
which people desire, goes hand in hand. One is not possible without the other.
If humanity did not know what chaos was, they would not understand the concept
of a perfect world. If they lived in total hell they would never believe there was a
chance at having a good life. These concepts also help to build fiction in order
to serve as a warning for the future, certain circumstances, or ideals. "It is sad that he suffers on our behalf."
"We are very sorry. We thank him."
"Will the bad dream be over soon?"
-Humanity was destroyed in order to
create a Utopia. Crake was trying to rid
humanity of failure and imperfection
so he stripped them or religion, society,
and anything else that would distinguish them
Oryx and Crake 1984 "He disliked nearly all woman, and especially the young and pretty ones, who were the most bigoted adherents of the party, the swallowers of slogans, the amateur spies and nosers-out of unorthodoxy."
-Winston is unable to see the beauty of life because he is consumed by hatred and fear. He suspects everyone of something evil and "Big Brother" instills this in everyone. This creates total chaos and serves as a warning of totalitarian governments and what they create.
Lord of the Flies "We've got to have rules and obey them. After all, we're not savages."
-The kids were stripped of everything, yet they reverted back to trying to create rules, religion, and even superstition. Their world became total chaos which is a warning that society needs structure to survive and to keep from going insane or out of control.

The Picture of Dorian Grey "How sad it is! I shall grow old, and horrid, and dreadful. But this picture will remain always young. It will never be older than this particular day of June. . . . If it was only the other way! If it was I who were to be always young, and the picture that were to grow old! For this--for this--I would give everything! Yes, there is nothing in the whole world I would not give!"
-He got his wish, yet in the end he hated it. He called it a curse. The portrait held all of his sins and uglyness giving him the chance to stay beautiful forever. It ate away at his conscience and it destroyed him. The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas "They all know that it has to be there. Some of them understand why, and some do not, but they all understand that their happiness, the beauty of their city, the tenderness of their friendships, the health of their children, the wisdom of their scholars, the skill of there makers, even the abundance of their harvest and the kindly weathers of their skies, depend wholly on this child's abominable misery."
-The destruction of the child is crucial to the happiness of the people.
He is the scapegoat . Without him the people would not know how their lives
are a Utopia. This also connects to religion. Jesus was a scapegoat for humanity.
He died for all of our sins in order for humanity to live on earth without having to
suffer for their own sins.
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