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Utopia and Dystopia
Utopia <ul><li>Two Greek words:  “oi” (not) and “topos” (place) = “nowhere” </li></ul><ul><li>The word was created by Thom...
Utopian concepts <ul><li>A beautiful society with a general pacifistic attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty and misery are r...
Related Ideas:  Religion <ul><li>The Judeo-Christian concept of the Garden of Eden and Heaven </li></ul><ul><li>The Buddhi...
Related Ideas:  Science <ul><li>Advanced science and technology will abolish suffering and death </li></ul>
Dystopia <ul><li>The antonym of utopia </li></ul><ul><li>An imaginary place where people lead dehumanised and often fearfu...
Dytstopian Concepts <ul><li>Glorification and justification of violence </li></ul><ul><li>Technology replaces humanity </l...
<ul><li>What does totalitarian mean?  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In short, it refers to a society in which nearly every aspect ...
Other Characteristics of Dystopian Literature <ul><li>Fictional and futuristic </li></ul><ul><li>Dystopias serve as warnin...
Dystopia in the Making What if. . . <ul><li>No one had to go to school? </li></ul><ul><li>You could have an iPod in your b...
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  1. 1. Utopia and Dystopia
  2. 2. Utopia <ul><li>Two Greek words: “oi” (not) and “topos” (place) = “nowhere” </li></ul><ul><li>The word was created by Thomas More in 1516 when he wrote a book by that title </li></ul>
  3. 3. Utopian concepts <ul><li>A beautiful society with a general pacifistic attitude </li></ul><ul><li>Poverty and misery are removed </li></ul><ul><li>Very few laws are necessary </li></ul><ul><li>Money is not necessary </li></ul><ul><li>People do only work that they enjoy and which benefits the common good </li></ul>
  4. 4. Related Ideas: Religion <ul><li>The Judeo-Christian concept of the Garden of Eden and Heaven </li></ul><ul><li>The Buddhist concept of Nirvana </li></ul>
  5. 5. Related Ideas: Science <ul><li>Advanced science and technology will abolish suffering and death </li></ul>
  6. 6. Dystopia <ul><li>The antonym of utopia </li></ul><ul><li>An imaginary place where people lead dehumanised and often fearful lives </li></ul>
  7. 7. Dytstopian Concepts <ul><li>Glorification and justification of violence </li></ul><ul><li>Technology replaces humanity </li></ul><ul><li>Negative social trends are taken to nightmarish extremes </li></ul><ul><li>Totalitarian dictatorship </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>What does totalitarian mean? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In short, it refers to a society in which nearly every aspect of public and private behavior is regulated by the state. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Characteristics of a dystopian society: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A poor standard of living among the lower and middle classes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A protagonist that questions the society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set in the future but resembles contemporary society </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Other Characteristics of Dystopian Literature <ul><li>Fictional and futuristic </li></ul><ul><li>Dystopias serve as warnings to comtemporary man </li></ul><ul><li>Comment on our own current society </li></ul>
  10. 10. Dystopia in the Making What if. . . <ul><li>No one had to go to school? </li></ul><ul><li>You could have an iPod in your brain? </li></ul><ul><li>Your computer could read your thoughts? </li></ul><ul><li>No one had to pay taxes? </li></ul><ul><li>Everyone had plastic surgery? </li></ul><ul><li>Babies were scientifically created? </li></ul>
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