How would you define Dystopia• An imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one.
Popular Dystopian Stories• 1984• Brave New World• Fahrenheit 451• The Hunger Games
DYSTOPIC TRAITS• Will will review 8 common traits seen in Dysopic literature• Take notes on the chart provided.
1. SOCIETY• Definition: most impose severe social restrictions on community members• Examples: • social stratification: social class is strictly defined and enforced • ruthless egalitarian • repression of the intellectual
2. SOCIAL GROUPS• Definition: total absence of social groups other than the “state”• Examples • independent religion is notable because of omittance • family is attacked: the hostility to motherhood
3. NATURE • Definition: characters are isolated from the natural world • Example: conditioned to fear nature 4. PoliticalDefinition: Government asserts power over citizensExamples:- flawed in some way—portrayed asoppressive- filled with pessimistic views of the ruling class—ruleswith an “iron fist”
5. ECONOMIC• Definition: state is in control of the economy• Examples: -black market—items banned or seen as contraband• - often privatization in businesses 6. The Hero: Definition: protagonist questions society— intuition Example: Escape or Rebel
7. CONFLICT• Definition: societal group somewhere not under control of state 8. Climax:Definition: Emotional highExample: can be unresolved• - death or reeducation/conformity
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