Elements of Dystopian Novels
Elements of Dystopian Novels:
- intense or extreme social control (with emphasis on the negative effects of the control)
- satires or makes fun of a utopian society
- concerned with politics and culture
- offers a warning of what will happen under certain circumstances
- author examines "poverty, squalor, or oppression"
- elements of control and lack of freedoms
- restricted information
- humanity taken away (dehumanized)
- illustion of a utopia or perfect world
Elements of a Dystopian Hero:
- helps the reader to understand the problems with the society
- discovers secret, restricted, or hidden information which causes them to act
- feels trapped or isolated physically and/or socially
- takes a risk or is a rebel
- insider to their society
End of the World Literature
Utopia: the perfect society; an imangined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. This genre of literature explores social and political structure.
Dystopia: an imperfect society; an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. This genre of literature explores social and political structure.
Apocalypse/Post-Apocalypse: This genre deals with the threat to civilization after a world altering disaster such as nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, etc and how humans overcome the event.
Ectopian: a world that revolves around environmental conservation or destruction.
Elements of a Dystopia
- The People are Restricted from Independent Thought and Free Will: Free will is the power of acting without the constraint or the ability to act on one's own decisions.
- The Government in Control is Often Oppressive: An oppressive government is often overbearing, has constant surveillance on its people, creates curfews, has military control, and suppresses its people.
- The Setting is Often Futuristic or in a Fictional Universe: The setting is often in the future or in a fictional universe after a massive war or catastrophe. This helps to create the background for the appropriation of the supposed utopia on the society.
- Contains Elements of Communism, Conformity, and ‘Equality’: The people are made to be similar and conform to the rules and expectations that the government set forth.
- The Government Portrays Their Society as an Utopia: They use propaganda and subtle manipulation to trick their people into believing things are perfect.
- The Protagonist Wishes to Restore the People to Conventional Life: The main character has a moment of clarity and realizes how poor life is without choices. Therefore, they try to make a change to 'free the people'.
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