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Sarah Fischer

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Transcript of Dystopia


Characteristics of a Dystopian Society

Types of Govt. Control cont'd
Technological control
Society is controlled by technology-- through computers, robots, and/or scientific means. Examples: The Matrix, The Terminator, and I, Robot.

Philosophical/religious control
society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a
or theocratic government.
Dystopian Protagonist:
Often feels trapped and struggles to escape.
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 recognize
the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.
Types of Dystopian Controls
Corporate control
One or more large corporations control society through products, advertising, and/or the media.

Bureaucratic control
Society is controlled by a mindless bureaucracy through a tangle of red tape, relentless regulations, and incompetent government officials.

Dystopian Literature
More Dystopian Characteristics

A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect to politics,laws, customs, and conditions.

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

"Make the lie big,
make it simple,
keep saying it, and eventually

they will believe it."
~Adolf Hitler
(persuading people without thinking) used to control the citizens of society.
Intellectual Freedom
Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.
A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.
Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.
Citizens live in a dehumanized state.
Convinces c
itizens to
fear outside world
through propaganda.
Natural/Outside world
: The natural world is banished and distrusted.
: Citizens conform to uniform expectations.
Individuality and dissent are bad
Illusion of Utopia
: The society is an illusion of perfect utopian world.
Purpose of Dystopian Literature
Author highlights the fears a society holds about its progress/its future
Society is the antagonist (bad guy)
Big Ideas
Chaos vs. Order
Individuality vs. Conformity
What it means to be human
to poke fun at a behavior/way of thinking in our society through characters in the book. ***
Serves as a cautionary tale to the public about something concerning within society.
"People ask me to predict the future when all I want to do is prevent it."
~Ray Bradbury
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