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Dystopian Literature

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Utopia: (noun) 

a place of ideal perfection, especially in laws, government, and social conditions

How do we create a society of perfection?  An idyllic society with equality, no war, no fighting, and everyone follows the rules. But who makes sure everyone follows the rules? With control?

When does too much control for perfection turn into the opposite of perfection?
When does it become a dystopia?

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Dystopia: (noun) 

an imagined world or society in which people lead wretched, dehumanized, fearful lives

Read. Write. Think.

Review the Definition and Characteristics sheet to understand the genre before you begin reading. Think: What kind of warnings might Dystopian Literature be giving to us about our society?

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Five Characteristics of Dystopian Fiction

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Government Control

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Environmental Destruction

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Technological Control




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Storm Clouds

Loss of Individualism



Further Study:

Read the full article on the Five Characteristics of Dystopian Fiction on

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Harrison Bergeron

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