Dystopia Essays

‘the Handmaids Tale’ and ‘1894′

Both the novels ‘1984′ and ‘The Handmaids Tale’ provide warnings of how each author sees certain problems in society leading to dystopian states. Dystopian genres exist in both novels, but arise for different reasons. Resulting from Atwood’s concerns about political groups and aspects of feminism; ‘The Handmaids Tale’ illustrates how declining birth rates could lead to a state where women are forced into bearing children. In contrast, ‘1984′ depicts a terror state where poverty is rife and tyrannical leaders force…

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Historical Reference

“A favorite theory of mine to wit, that no occurrence is sole and solitary, but is merely a repetition of a thing which has happened before, and perhaps often”(Twain). This quote from a famous writer, Mark Twain, talks about how he believes that history can and does repeat itself. Mark is saying that everything takes place for a reason and has occurred sometime before in history. This idea of history repeating itself is present throughout the novel Fahrenheit 451 by…

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Harrison Bergeron

With imperfect eyes, total equality is hard to accomplish, especially with the notion of judgment and competition constantly tempting otherwise. However, the high hope of peace and utopia in fulfillment has always been a human thrive. Throughout history many men have attempted such perfection. Karl Marx inquired the structure of communism through the Manifesto to ensure equality to a large socially grouped people. According to Vonnegut, so did the U.S. government, in the year 2081. In the outrageous short story…

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Dystopian Fiction

Dystopian fiction is a world where everything is misery and is under strict order by the government and the people have no control and rights in the world they live in. The general reason why authors write dystopian fiction based books is to have criticism on society today or give warnings on the possibility of what could happen to our world and the devastating effects that can happen if we were to have a dystopian world. 1984 is set in…

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Individualism in _harrison Bergeron_ by Kurt Vonnegut

Individualism is a very important thing in everyone’s life, its part of our personality as portrayed in the story called, “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Taking away that individualism is taking apart some of that person. The book in many ways shows what would happen if no one was different and all the people in the world were the same, or basically how disastrous. One example is when the Bergeron’s were watching TV and the announcer came on to…

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Modern Day Dystopia

Dystopia is a dark vision of future which is imaginary, existing in a wretched place where life is fearful, full of miserable, oppression, human misery, violence and dehumanizing. Dystopian society lives with a fiction and prototypes of totalitarian dictatorship, continuously putting its population on trial, basing essence on concentration camps, enslaving and disenfranchising entire classes of citizens and prey on oneself through justifying and glorifying violence by law (Relihan, 1996, 23). Dystopia society is considered undesirable because current trends are…

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Brave New World_ Utopia or Dystopia

The novel Brave New World has often been characterized as dystopia rather than utopia. Nevertheless, the superficial overview of the novel implies a utopian society, especially if judging by what the Controller said to John, the Savage: People are happy; they get what they want, and they never want what they can’t get. They’re well off; they’re safe; they’re never ill; they’re not afraid of death; they’re blissfully ignorant of passion and old age; they’re plagued with no mothers or…

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Apocalyptic and Post Apocalyptic Fiction

•Apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic fiction: concerned with the end of civilization either through nuclear war, plague, or some other general disaster. Post-apocalyptic fiction is set in a world or civilization after such a disaster. The time frame may be immediately after the catastrophe, focusing on the travails or psychology of survivors, or considerably later, often including the theme that the existence of pre-catastrophe civilization has been forgotten (or mythologized). Post-apocalyptic stories often take place in an agrarian, non-technological future world, or…

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Theme of Fahrenheit 451

The theme of Fahrenheit 451 written by Ray Bradbury contains a setting of a world where society itself was destructive. In this story characters and society are portrayed to be soulless and self-centered. Immoral things such as killing in this society have no affect on characters and ignorance is considered as the norm. By the setting containing an environment where life has no importance and entertainment is more valuable, this aspect does affect the characters’ attitude, decisions and general behavior…

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What the Utopian World Created

Divergent by Veronica Roth and “Harrison Bergeron” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr, are stories of a dystopian world that take away peoples power and control. In Divergent the leader took over the people’s minds and psychologically controlled them to do what the government wanted to do. In “Harrison Bergeron” such as the government wanted power so they psychologically controlled people by handicaps where a buzzing sound go off in your ear. In doing this people would lose their train of thoughts,…

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Why Fahrenheit 451 Should not Be Banned

Dear School Board,I hope that after careful consideration and thought that the board will decide not to ban Fahrenheit 451. I understand that the book contains language that might be offensive to some people. Still, I do not think a student should be sent to a public school if they are easily offended by profanity. Fahrenheit 451 should not be banned, because profanity is already commonplace in school, it has educational content, and the book shows some scary revelations of…

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dystopian Essay (essay of Definition)

Dystopian Essay (Essay of Definition) Ultimate Goal: 1. Define, in your eyes, what makes a dystopian society 2. Use our 3 novels, “Harrison Bergeron”, and at least 2 scholarly articles to influence your concept of dystopia According to the New World Encyclopedia, “dystopia” is defined as follows: A dystopia (from the Greek δυσ- and τόπος, alternatively, cacotopia, kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is the vision of a society that is the opposite of utopia. A dystopian society is one in which…

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Should Individuality and Knowledge Ever Be Suppressed_

Should individuality and knowledge ever be suppressed? Some people might think so in order to create a more socially “equal” world. However if society were to act in such a way it would cause a major step back in the development that people have worked so hard to achieve. After all, isn’t it every country’s goal to find new advancements to better life in today’s modern civilization? In some parts of the globe there are governments that attempt to limit…

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Dystopia That Is Found in the World

The word dystopia comes from the Greek word cacotopia. Dystopia is usually used when visualizing a society that is completely the opposite of the utopian world. The conditions of the dystopia world are not that good, as they lead to demoralization of the human being. Life in the dystopia world is characterized by poverty, human suffering or misery, oppression of the people, all kinds of diseases, violence and pollution. Several societies in the world have experienced some of these characteristics….

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Authoritarian Methods of Control in Brave New World & V for Vendetta

People should not be afraid of their government. Governments should be afraid of their people. The right to rule. What gives someone such a power you ask? Well there is a variety of different factors and qualities one must have such as strength and leadership but there is a single item that all need and that is control. Without the obedience and submission of the people governments will fail. The film “V for Vendetta” and the novel “Brave New World”…

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