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Introduction to Dystopia
Transcript of Introduction to Dystopia
What about the dystopian protagonist?
Wait... what is a protagonist?
What Kind of Dystopia is this?
What is 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
Characteristics of Dystopian Works:
• 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.
What do we already know about the dystopian society?
Introduction to Dystopia
What is the opposite of a Dystopia?
UTOPIA: A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics,
laws, customs, and conditions.
How can you attribute these characteristics to the dystopian stories you are familiar with?
Have you read or watched....
The Hunger Games
The Walking Dead
You might be more familiar with the genre of Dystopia than you thought!
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.
One or more large corporations control society through
products, advertising, and/or the media. An example would be
Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through
a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government
Society is controlled by technology—through
computers, robots, and/or scientific means. Examples include The Matrix and The Terminator.
Society is controlled by philosophical or
religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic
the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text
The Dystopian Protagonist...
• 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.
So.. What does this have to do with our class?
The Maze Runner by James Dashner