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Characteristics of Dystopian Literature

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Shelly Horvath

on 1 December 2015

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Characteristics of a Dystopian Society
Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
Citizens are seen as being under constant surveillance.
Citizens have a fear of the outside world.
Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
What is propaganda?

It is...information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

Dystopian Literature
Dehumanization means to treat people as if they are things, tools, or objects to be taken advantage of rather than treat them with the dignity and respect a fellow human being deserves.
Citizens live in a
dehumanized state
The natural world is banished and distrusted.

Citizens conform to uniform
expectations. Individuality
and dissent are bad.
Characteristics of a
dystopian protagonist.
The protagonist often feels
trapped and is struggling to escape.
The protagonist questions
the existing social and political systems.
The protagonist feels that something is terribly wrong with the society he lives in.
The protagonist
helps the audience recognize the negative aspects of his dystopian world through his perspective.
Harrison Bergeron
2081: Everyone Will Finally Be Equal
The Hunger Games
How is the concept of a
dystopian society represented
Harrison Bergeron
The Hunger Games
, and
? What similarities do you notice in the way people behave and the way the governments are portrayed in each of the works? How does a society become like the ones portrayed in the works?
Discuss the idea of fairness in Harrison Bergeron, Anthem, and The Hunger Games. Is equality achievable in a society? Is it desirable? What are the benefits and consequences?
How are the protagonists in
Harrison Bergeron, Anthem
, and
The Hunger Games
similar? How are they different?
In a society like the ones
portrayed in
Harrison Bergeron, Anthem
, and
The Hunger Games
, what might happen to technology, the arts, inventions, etc.?
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