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Unwind

A pre-view/book talk about the novel Unwind by Neal Shusterman
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Mrs. Miceli

on 24 April 2013

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UNWIND Neal Shusterman A Long Time Into the Future Dystopian Society Meet Connor... After the Heartland War Imagine yourself in future America; years from now. What will it look like? What technology will we have? What will be our major concerns? . Connor Lassiter, a 16 year old boy, is on the run from a life in a society that he doesn't agree with. His survival is dependent upon if he can stay alive until his 18th birthday; if not, he will be unwound. In the Dystopian society of future America, we see what life is like after the second civil war called the Heartland War.
The Heartland War was fought over a single issue that no one could agree upon; abortion. Those who were Pro-life couldn't bear the though of any more loss of human life, and those who were Pro-choice couldn't agree that the choice of whether or not a mother should have to bear a child, regardless of the conditions it would be born into, Dystopia: A futuristic, imagined universe in which oppressive societal control and the illusion of a perfect society are maintained through corporate, bureaucratic, technological, moral, or totalitarian control.
Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system. • Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
• Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
• A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
• 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.
• The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world. Characteristics of a Dystopian Society • 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... Cut to Ohio in future America. The second civil war, called the Heartland War, was fought over a single issue that people could not agree on; Abortion
Those who were Pro-life could not bear the loss of any more human life and refused to budge. Those who were Pro-choice didn't think that it should be anyone but the mother's choice of whether or not to go through with the pregnancy and have the baby. So, the battles raged on until they could reach an agreement that would satisfy both sides of the issue of abortion. "Unwinding" To end the war, a set of constitutional amendments known as "The Bill of Life" was passed. It states that from the moment of conception until the child reaches the age of 13, human life is unable to be tampered with or terminated. But, once a child reaches the age of 13, a parent may retroactively "abort" a child on the condition that the child's life doesn't technically "end" Other Dystopian Societies... Futuristic Chicago where society has been split into factions based on why they believed the collapse of society happened. All is well until Tris decides that there is a bigger secret the government is hiding from society Katniss Everdeen lives in a society that is forced every year to compete in brutal slaughter called the Hunger Games by the
government in order to keep the districts from revolting against the government Cassia lives in a society where there is not much freedom to live how you want to and love whom you choose. She is "matched" with a person whom she is supposed to be with forever, but falls in love with someone who society deems is not right for her. Fan-made trailer Why this book? Quite a few of you did your voice to the voiceless project on abortion. This is a very controversial issue that a lot of people have trouble agreeing on. But that's when we talk about babies. What if we raise the age? Specifically to your age. How would you feel if your parents made the choice to unwind you? You wouldn't have any say in the matter. You would live your life, acting how you wish, thinking about your future, until you reach your 13th birthday, and find out all along, your parents were going to unwind you. Maybe you caused a little trouble here and there, but certainly it wouldn't be bad enough where your parents would decide to end your life....

Would it? Unwind By Neal Shusterman
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