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Intro to Dystopian Societies and F451

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Transcript of Intro to Dystopian Societies and F451

The Dystopian
Protagonist Simply, a dystopia is defined as a bad place.
A place where no one would want to live,
a place in which one's rights and freedoms would be gone,
a place where the environment would be devastated. Definition of a Dystopia The Problem with
Utopian Writers Utopias are difficult to describe and writers of utopian literature often find themselves in a predicament ...

The perfect place for one person is never the perfect place for all. Why are dystopias
so appealing? Dystopias play upon
our deepest fears -

a loss of life,
liberty
and happiness! And an Introduction to Fahrenheit 451 Dystopian Societies Where did this word
come from? The term dystopia is derived from Greek
and is the opposite of a:

Utopia. OMG

It's so cool! the
PERFECT
place What are you
most afraid
of losing? Characteristics
of a
Dystopian Society Propaganda
is used to control
the citizens of society Information,
independent thought,
and freedom are restricted A figure head or concept is worshipped by the citizens. Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance. 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. 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 recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective. Traits of
Dystopian Fiction The society is an illusion of
a perfect world. There is a
protagonist who
questions society. There is a standard living among the lower and middle class that is generally poorer than in the contemporary society. However, this is not always the case. Because dystopian literature often takes place in the future, it often features technology more advanced than that of the contemporary society. For the reader to engage with it, dystopian fiction typically has one trait: FAMILIARITY.

The society must have echoes of the reader's own experience. If the reader can identify with the patterns or trends that would lead to a dystopia, it becomes a more involving and effective experience.

Remember, authors use dystopias to highlight their own concerns about societal trends. Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury Written in 1953 as a response to the Cold War atmosphere and McCarthyism.
Its sarcasm is directed at anti-intellectualism.
It gives a strong warning about mistaking "mindless happiness and slavish social conformity" for "progress."
It depicts a world in which the American Dream has turned into a nightmare because it has been superficially understood. A LOVE story?? While a dystopian novel, it is the story of a love affair with books and ideas.

"Bradbury has stated that if the love of a man and a woman is worth notarizing in conventional fiction, so also is the love of a man and an idea. In one lifetime, he maintains, people may have an endless series of affairs with books, and the offspring can become great literature" (McGill). How can someone express their ideas if they are being censored??
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