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IS TH ER E S U C H A TH IN G

A S A P ER FEC T W O R LD ?

Imagine a world
where..

Every year,the governm ent


selects 24 teenagers

And throw s them into an arena


to fi
ght to the death.

OR

Love has been diagnosed as a


disease!

But thankfully a cure has been found,


and allyoung people are required to
get this cure w hen they turn 18.

O R W H ER E .

H um anoid robots have been


invented to serve and protect
hum ans

W hich is great untilthe robots decide


that hum ans w ould be easier to
protect ifthey had no freedom .

W elcom e to
the w orld of
dystopian
literature!

A DYSTOPIA is an imaginary, futuristic world where


society lives under oppression and control of:
totalitarian government,
a repressive society,
a force of technology,
corrupt business corporation.

Dystopias :
With the illusion
of a perfect
society, or
UTOPIA.
But is opposite
of perfect.

H IS TO R IC A L
D Y S TO P IA N
LITER ATU R E

1835- A Sojourn in the City of


Am algam ation by a proslavery w riter
Depicted a world where black and

white people have intermarried and


had children together. GASP!

The Tim e M achine 1895


Earliest well-known

dystopian novel
The human race
evolves into 2
species
One herds the
other.

In 1930s, 40s

and 50s
Criticize
Communism and
Socialism
Among the
classics:
Brave New World
1984
Anthem
Fahrenheit 451

Then cam e
A Clockwork

Orange
Logans Run
The Running Man
V for Vendetta
But all for adults

1993:First novelfor young adults.

This opened a flood


gate.

2000s

Characteristics ofa D ystopia


1) Harsh control
Govt
Corporation
Technology
Religion

Truth is kept secret


Information restricted
Propaganda to control

Characteristics ofa D ystopia


2) Citizens must conform
Individuality= bad
Independent thought restricted

#3

No love, too much tech, basic needs


unmet

Characteristics ofa D ystopia


4) Constant

Surveillance
Citizens feel that

someone is always
watching.

Characteristics ofa D ystopia


5) Illusion of

perfection
Oppressors truly

believe its right


BUT the utopia is
propaganda

Characteristics ofa D ystopia


6) Fear
World outside

boundaries
Keeps them within
the boundaries
Natural world is
banished and
distrusted

Characteristics ofa D ystopia


7) Main character

is one of few that


question
Sees the bad
Reader recognizes

the negative

H ow is a D ystopia created?
1)New form of

govt; power to a
corporation,
technology, or
belief system.
Then the new
system is taken
too far.

H ow is a D ystopia created?
Perfect world = no

emotional pain:
Eliminate pain,
eliminate all
goodness too?

H ow is a D ystopia created?
Perfect world =

carefree and
beautiful
Eliminates low selfesteem, eating
disorders, and
discrimination .
BUT can you live
carefree and
think/feel for
yourself?

H ow is a D ystopia created?
Perfect world=

perfect genes
scientifically
engineered.
Everyone has the
same chance of
being great.
BUT

H ow is a D ystopia created?
This means that:
Natural= Bad
Natural

=discrimination
Natural talent is
missed.

H ow is a D ystopia created?
Perfect world= no

books
No books= no thinking
No thinking= no
different ideas
Burn all the books, the
houses that store
them, and sometimes
the people who read
them.

H ow is a D ystopia created?
2) Dystopia as a

result of
apocalyptic event
Those left behind,
create extreme
policies to survive
The governing
body genuinely
tries to save the
world
Becomes corrupt

H ow is a D ystopia created?
Sun flares destroy

most of the earth


To ensure survivors
dont starve,
release a virus.
OPPS! People are
now cannibal
zombies
SCARIER is the
attempt to find a
cure

H ow is a D ystopia created?
Nuclear war

destroys
Survivors forced
underground
Leaders divide
supplies and give
out jobs
BUT forget how to
get out.

H ow is a D ystopia created?
World is too

polluted
Big corporation
sends humanity to
space
No work, not

worries, no
learning.

Perfect right?
BUT

H ow is a D ystopia created?
What happens
when humanity
WANTS to do
things
Instead of doing
nothing on a
ship going
nowhere?

Com m on them es in D ystopian


stories
1) The Danger of a

particular type of
govt
Easier to find bad

guys if people
didnt require
privacy
BUT what if
surveillence made
individuality a
crime?

Them es in D ystopian stories


2) The Importance

if Knowledge and
Truth
Perfect! Give all
knowledge and
memories to one
person.
BUT what
problems occur
when people dont
know the past?

Them es in D ystopian stories


3) Dangers of

particular policies.
Overpopulation is
an issue
If only there was a
fair way to limit the
population
BUT, what if it was
illegal to have more
than 2 children?

Them es in D ystopian stories


4) The Danger of

allowing one group to


have too much power
Wouldnt it be
convenient if all your $
$ and personal info
could be found on a
tattoo on your arm?
BUT, what happens
when ONE corporation
has access to all that
info?

Them es in D ystopian stories


5) The importance of

free will and


individuality
Life would be great if
everyone was
perfectly beautiful,
right? No judgment
or jealousy
BUT, what about
your individuality?

Them es in D ystopian stories


6) The danger of

technology
What if our brains were
connected directly to
the internet?
What problems would
this limitless
connection cause?

Them es in D ystopian stories


7) Danger of

Desensitization
Wouldnt it be intense
to watch a reality TV
show where real people
hunted each other?
BUT what would that
entertainment do to
humanity?

Them es in D ystopian stories


8) Importance of

Humanity
To save humanity,
we would do just
about anything
right?
BUT, arent there
lines we should not
cross?

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