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Utopia and Dystopia for The Giver

Notes on utopia and dystopia for The Giver

Shannon Sutherland

on 21 October 2013

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Transcript of Utopia and Dystopia for The Giver

Utopia vs. Dystopia
What is utopia?
What is a dystopia?
The word utopia comes from the Greek words ou, meaning “no” or “not,” and topos, meaning “place.” Utopia has come to mean a place that we can only dream about, a true paradise, an ideal world.
Types of Utopias
Ecological Utopia
Economic Utopia
Political Utopia
Religious Utopia
Science and Technology Utopia
an equal distribution of goods, frequently with the total abolition of money
citizens only doing work which they enjoy and which is for the common good
World Peace
Global Oneness
Everyone getting along regardless of race, culture, political beliefs.
A world without war
Science and Technology
Set in the future
absence of death and suffering
A term used to describe a utopian society in which things have gone wrong
Authors share their concerns about society and humanity
Serve to warn members of a society to pay attention to the society in which they live and to be aware of how things can go from bad to worse without anyone realizing what has happened
Class System
People referred to as numbers rather than names
People are cloned-lose individuality
Governing class is shallow
Negative consequences, oppressive
Pessimistic views of governing class – brutal, uncaring
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