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Dystopia and Fahrenheit 451

Introduction to Dystopian Fiction

Daniel Valentin

on 18 September 2013

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Transcript of Dystopia and Fahrenheit 451

For the books: Fahrenheit 451, Anthem and Animal Farm
Introduction to Dystopian Fiction
Etymological Roots
Literary Term: Pun - a play on words
U = meaning perfect
EU = meaning no
The idea of a society characterized
by negative, anti-utopian elements,
varying from environmental
to political and social issues.
Utopia - an ideal community or
society possessing a desirable
socio-politico-legal system
Why Dystopian Fiction?
It allows us to reflect. As human beings, we can analyze the world around us and see how preposterous this notion might be. What is it like to examine a world where our every move is governed? But what happens when you look at the world and see something in this literature that is reflected in our reality?
How did this genre come to birth?
Some common themes found in dystopian fiction include mastery of nature—to the point that it becomes barren, or turns against humankind; technological advances that enslave humans or regiment their lives; the mandatory division of people in society into castes or groups with specialized functions; and a collective loss of memory and history making mankind easier to manipulate psychologically and ultimately leading to dehumanization.
Excerpted from Enotes: Contemporary Literature
Does this Genre Still Exist?
Absolutely: Here are a handful of things that you may recognize, which could be classified as Dystopian Literature.
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