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What is UTOPIA ? An ideal society Based on notions of equality, social harmony, economic prosperity, and political stability.

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1 What is UTOPIA ? An ideal society Based on notions of equality, social harmony, economic prosperity, and political stability

2 Word Origin Combination of two Greek words and literally means “no place” When pronounced in Latin means “good place” Combination of these two meanings informs the way we currently view the word: a place that doesn’t exist and also an ideal place that we can create

3 Definition of Dystopia In its most basic sense the opposite of utopia Fictional societies that are incredibly imperfect But… not exactly opposite, in that dystopias may contain many of the same elements as utopias- such as intense measures of social control- but these measures are taken to horrific extremes

4 More Dystopia… Subset of anti utopian writing, which satirizes utopian thinking Dystopia offers some kind of warning of what will happen should present trends continue.

5 Characteristics of Dystopian Society Propaganda is used to control citizens. Information, independent thought, and freedom are restricted. A figurehead is worshipped by the citizens. Citizens are under constant surveillance. Citizens have fear of the outside world. The natural world is banished and distrusted.

6 Characteristics continued… Citizens conform to uniform expectations. individuality and dissent are bad. The society is the illusion of a perfect utopian world.

7 The Protagonist in a Dystopia Often feels trapped and is struggling to escape; Questions the existing social and political systems; Believes or feels that something is terribly wrong with the society; Helps the audience recognize the negative aspects of the dystopian world.

8 Examples of Dystopian Fiction 1984 by George Orwell Brave New World- Huxley Blade Runner Minority Report The Matrix I, Robot


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