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Creating A Dystopia

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Transcript of Creating A Dystopia

What Does A Dystopia Look Like?
Impact of Dystopia on a Society
Dystopia impacts dystopia in fiction the same way that it would impact the real world.

Dystopia completely overhauls any and all previous practices or politics. Everything changes when a society becomes a dystopia.

Often the dystopia forms with only the best intentions, beginning as a utopia, but it warps and mutates into a world where nobody really wants to live.

Government, societal values, and what it's like to be a citizen in said society are all turned on their heads when a society is identified as a dystopia.


What Is The Impact Of Environment On A Dystopia?
In most Dystopian societies the society that is the focus of the story is isolated from the rest of the world. Whether the rest of the world doesn't exist anymore, is in irreparable conditions after a great disaster, or the isolation was voluntary on the part of the dystopia's government, this disconnect makes it easier for the people (person) in power to control the citizens, their actions, their ideals, and their morals with no outside influence or distraction.
How Is A Dystopian Society Created?
What creates Dystopian Societies?

~A social or political issue is played to the extreme:
Health and Medical
Prejudice
Poverty and Welfare
Violence/War

After any one of these problems happen then a person, or group of people, come together to bring the world back from destruction.
Lucy James-Olson, Shi Hong , and Sarah Jones
Creating A Dystopia
Dystopian societies seem to hold a mirror up to the societies in which authors live. The literature often reflects what the author feels to be negative aspects of the world they live in. True to this philosophy, descriptions of these societies in books often seem to be images of well functioning, community based, and almost utopian living spaces.

On the other end of the spectrum, however, are authors who choose to portray their dystopias as run down, grey, and destroyed urbane areas (as shown above).

Regardless of how the author establishes the setting, dystopia reveals itself through the plots of the stories.


Why Is A Government Important in Dystopian Text?
Anthem by Ayn Rand
Divergent by Veronica Roth
The Hunger Games
The boys in The Glade, along with Teresa, are disconnected from the world not only in the maze but when they escape into the post apocalyptic outside world. The isolation from the real world gave them an incentive to get out because they remembered their real world, or at least hazy images of it.
They, as a society, stand alone, an oasis of civilization in the desert of ruin that lies around them. Giving the Faction system a chance to take a good strong hold, using the environment as a fear factor. They have the Factions to keep peace between the people so they don't fall to ruin like the rest of the world.
Divergent
The Maze Runner
Established in the post apocalyptic North America isolated as no other civilized nations are identified, the nation of Panem thrives. Under the rule of President Snow. A great rebellion occurred causing the nation to suffer. After it ended the nation came together to form the Hunger Games, an event taking place every year where one boy and one girl form each district compete in a battle to the death. The one male/female tribute is named victor. The games were made to serve as a reminder of the dark past that Panem left behind.
Fahrenheit 415 By Ray Bradbury
In an unnamed city in an unnamed future time a society where there are no individuals, and almost every decision that is thought of must be accepted by everyone on The World Council of Scholars before it cn be put into action. The story takes place after 'the unmentionable times' before the 'evil ones' were defeated.
After the greatest war this planet has ever seen, obliterating the majority of the world, we focus on the lone society identified. In this society as teenagers you are expected to choose a 'faction' based on who?what you are: Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), Erudite (intelligent), Amity (kind), and Candor (honest). These factions keep the peace between the citizens, so they do not fall to ruin and become like the rest of the world that never recovered from the war.
Works Cited
Dystopia and Science Fiction.[n.d.] retrieved fromhttp://dc-mrg.english.ucsb.edu/WarnerTeach/E192/bladerunner/Dystopia.Blade.Runner.Hoffpauir.htm
Lighezzolo, Emily. "How Dystopian Futures Are Merely Mirrors Into Our Own Society." <i>The Artifice</i>. 18 Dec. 2013. Web. 3 Sept. 2014. &lt;the-artifice.com/dystopian-futures-are-mirrors-into-our-own-society/&gt;.
"Dystopias: Definition and Characteristics." <i>Readwritethink.org</i>. 1 Jan. 2006. Web. 4 Sept. 2014. &lt;www.readwritethink.org/files/resources/lesson_images/lesson926/DefinitionCharacteristics.pdf&gt;.
- The Government is usually in total control

-Those in power shape the environment of the characters

-The leaders often think that they're creating a utopia for their citizens, when in reality, they are doing the opposite

-Many dystopian tales center around a main character taking action against corrupt governments

-There are four types of dystopian controls
1. Corporate Control: Corporate organization(s) control citizens/society via advertising, products, and the media
2. Bureaucratic Control: Society is controlled by a veritable bureaucratic minefield of red tape and incompetent officials
3.Technological Control: Society is under the control of technology (i.e. robot overlords, computers, or other advanced scientific means)
4. Religious Control: Society is controlled by religious ideology, often resulting in a dictatorship or fanatic/corrupt theocracy
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