Zeitgeist and theme in Children of Men What are the zeitgeists of 2006 that show the dystopia themes?
Remembering Children of MenWhat is this future like?• What is the setting like?• What is society like?• What is the technology like?• Who has the power? How is it used• How are the populations controlled?
Setting Character• Futuristic • Anti-hero – man• Rundown City/Urban against system Decay • Questions the• Not unlike our own existing social and• Extreme governmental political systems. control • Helps to ‘save the• De-humanisation world’
Zeitgeist in Children of Men In 2006 we feared/were concerned about…• Immigration/fear of immigrants• Infertility• Terrorism• Pollution/Global Warming• Over population• Rabid commercialisation – advertising and consumerism
How the zeitgeist works to show Dystopian themesCommon Dystopian Themes used in How the themes are related to Children of Men the 2006 zeitgeists• Oppression)(by the state) • Oppression happens because of immigration and the and rebellion (by the resulting overpopulation and people) the ongoing fear of immigrants• Deteriorating morals and • Terrorism – related to fear of the ‘other’ ethics (de-humanisation of • Infertility many individuals) • Pollution/Global Warming• Ethical dilemmas about • The effects of science/technology commercalisation (advertising is everywhere and all controlling)