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Week #1- ENGL3303

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Monique Winfield

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Dystopian Literature

Monique Winfield, M.A.
Summer 2018

The central message or idea
Ray Bradbury
Dystopian Literature

A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect
Politics, laws, customs, and conditions.

A futuristic, imagined universe with oppressive societal control, often established in pursuit of perfection

Destructive Nature of Technological Dependence
Dangers of Censorship
Knowledge Vs. Ignorance
Happiness Vs. Truth
Dangers of Unbridled Consumerism
Religion's role in developing moral guidelines
Innate desire for instant gratification

"The Pedestrian"
Published: 1951
1951: 55.7% t.v. ownership
1954 to 83.2 % four years later
Corporate Control
The Mechanical Hound
Technological Control
Bureaucratic Control
Philosophical Control
Acclaimed essayist explains desire for a wife:

I want a wife who is sensitive to my sexual needs, a wife who makes love passionately and eagerly when I feel like it, a wife who makes sure that I am satisfied. And, of course, I want a wife who will not demand sexual attention when I am not in the mood for it. I want a wife who assumes the complete responsibility for birth control, because I do not want more children. I want a wife who will remain sexually faithful to me so that I do not have to clutter up my intellectual life with jealousies. And I want a wife who understands that my sexual needs may entail more than strict adherence to monogamy. I must, after all, be able to relate to people as fully as possible.
Context Is EVERYTHING...
So Let's Define Perfection....
Let's forget just a moment about trying to live in a perfect world...let's start small...how about a perfect fist date.
"Why I Want a Wife" By: Jeffery Syfers in 2015
Mens Health Magazine
"Why I Want a Wife" By: Judy Syfers in 1971
Ms. Magazine
I belong to that classification of people known as wives. I am A Wife.
And, not altogether incidentally, I am a mother. Not too long ago a male friend of mine appeared on the scene fresh from a recent divorce. He had one child, who is, of course, with his ex-wife. He is looking for another wife. As I thought about him while I was ironing one evening, it suddenly occurred to me that I, too, would like to have a wife. Why do I want a wife?
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