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Dystopian Prezi Project
Emilee Robart
Sam List
Cole Rupple

Fahrenheit 451
Brave New WOrld
by Aldous
Huxley

Summary
Guy montag is a fireman who burns books for a living. In his world books are illegal, the only things people do are play sports and watch T.V. so they do not have to think. One day Montag met a girl named Clarisse who opened his eyes up to what was wrong with their society. One day when Montag was on a book burning run he took a book from the house and showed it to his wife. His wife then turned him in so their house had to be burned down. Montag was forced to burn his own house down and in the process he killed his boss by burning him to death. He was then on the run because he just killed someone and he had books stashed in his house. He got away from the police force and met a guy named Granger and some of Grangers friends. They liked books and even memorized them. At the end of the book Granger, Montag and Grangers friends went back to the city, after it had been bombed, to rebuild civilization and see if anyone was alive still.
Dystopian Characteristic #1
Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society
Evidence: When Montag was on the subway there was an ad that kept replaying over and over again to make people buy or do what it wanted.
Dystopian Characteristic #2
Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
Evidence: The kids in the school are filled with useless information to make them feel smart. Also, they make people play sports or watch T.V. so they do not have to think about anything.
Dystopian Characteristic #3
Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
Evidence: People's neighbors can turn them in to the firemen if they have books so people are always watching you to see what you do. Also, if the government suspects you have books they will watch everything you do.
Dystopian Characteristics #4
Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
Evidence: No one reads books in the society because the government says they are bad and will punish you if you read them. Also, they have no individuality because everyone basically does the same thing all the time.
Dystopian Characteristics #5
The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
Evidence: Everyone acts like what they are doing is fine like burning down peoples houses and even killing people is alright. They say they deserved it because they had books and they knew it was against the law.
Type of Dystopian Control
Summary
Brave New World is a book about a time where the world is a 'utopia'...or so it is thought. People are free to act as they want, and if they don't like this idea, they can leave and be called savages. People can take a drug called soma and feel instantly happy. Though this happiness is false. This world is fueled by the desire to be completely happy.
Ray Bradbury
Type of Control: Technological Control
Evidence in book: People in the book always watch the T.V's so they do not have to think about anything. They also play sports so they do not have to think about anything but playing the sport. They are also pumped with useless information to think they are smart when really they are not.
1984
George Orwell

Dystopian Characteristic #1
Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.
In the book, there is a drug called 'soma' which is used to make people feel happy constantly.
Dystopian Chareceteristic 1 - ProPAGANDA
A shiniing example of dystopian propaganda appears in 1984. Posters, images, notifications, and warnings are present everywhere in dilapidated Eurasia. Images depecting their trademark slogan of "Big Brother is watching you are located at all corners of what was previously London. It is impossible to escape The Party's ever - present propaganda in 1984. They are always there.
Intriguing Passage
A passage that I found interesting is the part when Montag is running from the police and they chose some random guy off the street who is walking to pretend to be Montag and kill him. I found it intriguing because the government could not accept defeat and that someone got away. So they killed an innocent man.
"' Montag, dont move!" said a voice from the sky. The camera fell upon the victim, even as did the Hound. Both reached him simultaneously. The victim was seized by the Hound and camera in a great spidering, clenching grip. He screamed. He screamed. He screamed!" (pg. 149)
Dystopian Characteristic #2
Independent thought, information, and freedom are restricted.
Example: People who go against the way of thinking or use free thought and expression are considered to be 'savages.'
Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
Babies are mass produced technologically, people don't refer to people as parents, and babies are electrocuted so that they learn specific things.
Dystopian characteristic #3
Overall Reaction/ Opinion
Personal Reaction to 1984
I personally enjoyed the premise of the book, technology turned into a control technique, the idea of an oligarchy known as "the Party" controlling the state, I just thought the prose and descriptive nature of the book was a little bland, taking away from the story. I feel like the language and imagery Orwell used inhibited me from enjoying the book, with its potential to spark the questioning of the current state of the government while proposing an idea to make sure the people prevent in the future. Orwell has a clear, beautiful idea for the book...but losses me under a mess of drab imagery and flat language...
I liked the book a lot it was interesting and very weird at the same time. The book was a good example of stuff that could happen in the future with the government not wanting people to become as smart as the possibly could. It was also kind of sad seeing what people are willing to do for the government because they are afraid of them. They are so afraid that they are willing to turn in their own neighbors just so they will not get in trouble or even killed. The book also prepared me for what the world could come to. Also how the government can control people by taking away the books and even some freedoms.
Passage of Interest
Dystopian Charateristic #2
The way knowledge and info are seen as bad things to acquire in 1984 is a key dystopian charactersitc. The society is kept dumbed down to make them easier to control, to keep them mindless and conformed. The thought police patrol all corners, searching for people utilizing the gift of free thought/will. That is a prime example of the dystopian trait of "information restriction.
Dystopian Characteristic #3
The surveillance of the people in 1984 has to be the most noticeable trait of a dystopia the book, for it is pushed to the forefront of almost all situations since a telescreen is always present and watching intently. There is nowhere to escape this key dystopian component and it shows the governments total distrust for the people. The reality of the people in 1984 is sadly...that they have no privacy at all and cannot operate as they normally would while always being watched.
Dystopian Characteristic #4
Coming in a close second (in terms of most noticeable, easily recognized trait of a dystopia in 1984, behind only surveillance), is the idea of a figurehead or idol being worshipped, and in 1984's case, falsely idolized and worshipped. The party is seen to be this ideal ruling oligarchy that can do no wrong when in reality they only do right by them selves and cast everything else to the wayside. Big Brother is a totalitarian, unforgiving fascist party that is thrust upon the people with brute force, which creates a dystopia in it's most literal sense.
Dystopian Characteristic #5
Lastly but certainly not least in terms of relevance or importance is the idea of individuality and emotions being bad things and shunned in 1984. Love is not allowed and mates are for reproductive purposes only. It seems a text-book definition of a dystopia would be a world without love and emotion. People are emotionless voids, incapable of empathy and caring, willing to betray lovers and family members alike. The party has created a society of rats, Winston is as afraid as he should be. This trait fits the idea of a dystopia perfectly.
1984 Summary
1984 is the quintessential Orwellian dystopia novel. Chalk full of privacy invasions and humans with voids in the place of feelings and emotions and technology run rampant, the lead character is Winston, a skiddish middle aged gentlemen with an acute fear of rats and a vendetta against the totalitarian government known as the Party. The Party controls all aspects of human life, dumbing down the people with sloganism, propaganda, and brutal police forces hell bent on assuring total party domination and suppressing all forms of free thought and will. The Party uses Big Brother as a figurehead for this idealogy, making him the symbol of their fascist regime. The book tells of Winston's stuggle to cope with the brutish realities he is forced to endure in the dilapidated city formerly known as London(Eurasia now), in the foul year of 1984. It tells of frienemies he meets, wrongs done to him, all while observing the constant stuggle of him fighting to NOT be observed.
"Winston kept his back turned to the telescreen. It was safer; though, as he well knew, even a back can be revealing. A kilometer away the Ministry of Truth, his place of work, towered vast and white above the grimy landscape. This, he thought with a sort of vague distaste - this was London, chief city of Airstrip One, itself the third most populous of the provinces of Oceania. He tried to squeeze out some childhood memory that should tell him whether London had always been quite like this. Were there always these vistas of rotting nineteenth-century houses, their sides shored up with balks of timber, their windows patched with cardboard and their roofs with corrugated iron, their crazy garden walls sagging in all directions? And the bombed sites where the plaster dust swirled in the air and the willow herb straggled over the heaps of rubble; and the places where the bombs had cleared a larger path and there had sprung up sordid colonies of wooden dwellings like chicken houses? But it was no use, he could not remember: nothing remained of his childhood except a series of bright-lit tableaux, occurring against no background and mostly unintelligible." - Page 1, Orwell
Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
Babies are mass produced technologically, people don't refer to people as parents, and babies are electrocuted and shocked to help them learn.
This passage shows, in my opinion, the saddest realization one could have as part of a dystopia; that maybe, someday long ago, better times existed. Yet, Winston can neither recollect or envision these days and he knows only the harsh reality of a world turned over to the Party. It also shows the basic and initial description of the telescreen situation, which one can only regard as terrifying; the thought of never having privacy or a free moment. I just found this passage sad and interesting.
The natural world is banished and distrusted.
People don't accept the way that the old natural world once was. Anything old, different, or out of the ordinary is seen as wrong or as something to get rid of. There is also a land of 'savages' where people who reject the new world can live.
Dystopian Characteristc #4
Dystopian Control
Dystopian Characteristic #5
The society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
The society tells everyone that the way the world is now is the best version of how it can be and he way that it should be. People take soma to keep up the illusion of happiness, which happiness can't be attained in this new world.
The type of dystopian control connecting most to 1984 is philosophical. Many apply, but philosophical applies best. The Party works as hard as they possibly can, literally, to control every aspect of someones life from something so mundane as where you work, to something as disturbing as what you think about. They threaten the very way one carries out living their life, the Party controls the peoples philosophies. The Party is the philosophy. They work to garner support for the ideals of the party to the best of their abilities and use the police forces to ensure it and also suppress even the smallest inkling of a rebellion, even the slightest "thought". If that isn't philosophical control, then such a concept does not exist.
Type of DystopIAN cONTROL
Corporate control: The world is programmed to have people conform to the way the new world thinks people should live.
Philosophical control: People seem to have an extreme love or need for soma, and the people seem to think that it is something they need both physically and mentally. It overall controls the people.
Technological: People think that they way the world is now is the right way, especially how babies are made scientifically and caste systems are placed.
My overall personal reaction and opinion to Brave New World was that it made me scared to think about what the future could be like. People are always in a quest to find new advancements in technology, and it makes you wonder what lengths people would go to to have the best technological ideas. It also challenges many moral and ethical points. This book can either be seen as a warning of a technological dystopia or a glimpse into what man can do to this Earth.
Personal reaction
Intriguing Passage
"We also predestine and condition, We decant our babies as social human beings, as Alphas or Epsilons, as future sewage workers or future..." He was going to say "future World controllers", but correcting himself, said "future Directors o Hatcheries," instead.
The D.H.C. acknowledged the compliment with a smile." pg. 13
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