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Transcript of dystopia
A dystopia is a fictional society, usually portrayed as existing in a future time, when the conditions of life are extremely bad due to deprivation, oppression, or terror.
Examples of popular dystopian novels:
Dune by Frank Herbert
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
1984 by George Orwell
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Giver by Lois Lowry.
Common Traits of Dystopian Fiction
A corrupt government creates or sustains the poor quality of life, often conditioning the masses to believe the society is proper and just, even perfect.
The setting takes place in the future but often purposely incorporates contemporary social trends taken to extremes.
Dystopias are frequently written as warnings, or as satires, showing current trends extrapolated to a nightmarish conclusion.
More Common Traits of Dystopian Fiction
where divisions between the upper, middle, and lower class are definitive and unbending.
is ruled by an upper-class with few democratic ideals.
There are state
programs and educational systems that coerce most citizens into worshipping the state and its government.
There is a strict
among citizens, and the general assumption that dissent and individuality are bad.
There is constant surveillance by state police agencies.
Often there has been a banishment of the natural world from daily life.