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Copy of Copy of Dystopia Intro Grade 8

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Transcript of Copy of Copy of Dystopia Intro Grade 8

Utopia
Utopia was an imaginary island described in Sir Thomas More's Utopia (1516) as enjoying perfection in law, politics, etc.
any real or imaginary society, place, state, etc, considered to be perfect or ideal
What do you think utopia would look like?
Sometimes a utopia is not what it seems...
In this movie, Lincoln is a resident of a seemingly Utopian society in the year 2019. But Lincoln soon discovers that everything about his existence is a lie. He and all of the other inhabitants of this society are actually human clones.
What is a Dystopia?
A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, technological, or government control.
Common Dystopian Characteristics
The society often forms after an apocalyptic event.

Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.

Information, independent thought, and freedom are
restricted.

The truth is often kept secret from the society.

Citizens are under constant surveillance and harsh
control.

Citizens have a fear of the outside world.

Citizens live in a dehumanized state.

The natural world is banished and distrusted.

Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality
and dissent are bad.

The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
Most dystopian works present a world in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through one or more of the following types of controls:

• Corporate control: One or more large corporations control society through products,
advertising, and/or the media.

• Government control: Society is controlled by a corrupt government.

• Technological control: Society is controlled by technology—through computers,
robots, and/or scientific means.
Common Types of Dystopian Control
• often feels trapped and is struggling to escape.

• questions the existing social and political systems.

• believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society in which he or she lives.

• helps the audience recognizes the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her
perspective.
The Dystopian Protagonist
Popular Dystopian Novels
Guy Montag is a fireman who lives in a lonely, isolated society where books have been outlawed by a government fearing an independent-thinking public. It is the duty of firemen to burn all books.
Having more than two children per family is illegal and subject to punishment by the police, so Luke (the third child) has spent all of his 12 years in hiding.
It seems like the society is perfect. There is no war or pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. But Jonas realizes that his society is not as perfect as it seems.
Each year, one boy and one girl are sent to "The Hunger Games" to fight to the death on live TV.
Common Themes
of
Dystopian Literature
The danger of...
certain kinds of governments
allowing one group or person
to have too much power

technology
desensitization
The importance of ...
knowledge and truth
free will and individuality
humanity
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