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Characteristics of Dystopian Fiction


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What is the "content" of Dystopian Fiction?

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Characteristics of Dystopian Fiction

  1. 1. Characteristics of Dystopian Literature
  2. 2. Dystopia • Dys = bad • Topia = place What’s the opposite of a dystopia?
  3. 3. Dystopia In literature, a dystopia is 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.
  4. 4. Characteristics of Dystopian Society • Propaganda is used to control the citizens of society • Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted
  5. 5. Characteristics of Dystopian Society • A figurehead or concept is worshipped by the citizens of the society
  6. 6. Characteristics of Dystopian Society • Citizens are perceived to be under constant surveillance
  7. 7. Characteristics of Dystopian Society • Citizens live in fear of the outside world • The natural world is banished and distrusted
  8. 8. Characteristics of Dystopian Society • Citizens live in a dehumanized state
  9. 9. Characteristics of Dystopian Society • Citizens conform to uniform expectations. Individuality and dissent are bad.
  10. 10. Characteristics of Dystopian Society • Society is an illusion of a perfect utopian world.
  11. 11. Read each of the following value statements silently. After taking a few seconds to think about it… Do you agree with the statement? Why?
  12. 12. Young adults crave stories of broken societies because they are aware that their own world is falling apart
  13. 13. Teenagers who love dystopian themes are the ones who don’t have to face them. Teenagers wouldn’t enjoy dark fiction if they lived in a culture where violent death was a major concern.
  14. 14. Fear is necessary for society. Without fear of punishment, most people would not follow society’s rules.
  15. 15. Schools are places where teens are subject to dress codes, have few free speech rights, are constantly under surveillance, where they sit and rise at the sound of the bell.
  16. 16. Surveillance keeps us safe. The only people who need to worry about it are criminals.
  17. 17. Surveillance is a violation of privacy and personal freedom.