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    • Dystopia: 1984Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • SCI FI · The basic definition of science fiction writing is that it is set in the future and explores the ethical, moral, and philosophical questions of this future time · Joyce Saricks notes that setting is a crucial appeal factor in creating a feeling of “otherness” · The science should be plausible – unlike fantasy where the author can make up the rules, the science fiction writer needs to follow known scientific facts as much as possible. · Character development is often of lesser importance in science fiction.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Dystopia: 1984 • set in the future • explores the ethical, moral, and philosophical questions • creating a feeling of “otherness” • genre’s exploration of technological and scientific details • follow known scientific facts as much as possible • character development is often of lesser importanceSunday, 12 February 2012
    • Dystopia: 1984 UTOPIA: A place, state, or condition that is ideally perfect in respect of politics, laws, customs, and conditions. DYSTOPIA: 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 control. Dystopias, through an exaggerated worst-case scenario, make a criticism about a current trend, societal norm, or political system.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Dystopia: 1984 Characteristics of a Dystopian Society Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Citizens have a fear of the outside world. Citizens live in a dehumanised state. The natural world is banished and distrusted.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are forbidden.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Types of Dystopian Control Most dystopian works present a world in which oppressive societal control is maintained through one or more of the following types of 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.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • • Technological control: Society is controlled by technology—through computers, robots, and/or scientific means. Examples include The Matrix, The Terminator, and I, Robot. • Philosophical/religious control: Society is controlled by philosophical or religious ideology often enforced through a dictatorship or theocratic government.Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • The Dystopian ProtagonistSunday, 12 February 2012
    • The Dystopian Protagonist • often feels trapped and is struggling to escape. • questions 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 recognise the negative aspects of the dystopian world through his or her perspective.Sunday, 12 February 2012
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    • Given his importance, what does Orwell want us to think of Winston? What is his role? Can we trust him? What kind of man is Winston Smith? A hero? What qualities do we normally associate with such a role? Does Winston "measure up" to these? In what ways? Why does he fail?Sunday, 12 February 2012
    • Sunday, 12 February 2012