Elements of a Dystopian Novel
Elements of Dystopian Novels:
- intense or extreme social control (with emphasis on the negative effects of the control)
- satires or makes fun of a utopian society
- concerned with politics and culture
- offers a warning of what will happen under certain circumstances
- author examines "poverty, squalor, or oppression"
- elements of control and lack of freedoms
- restricted information
- humanity taken away (dehumanized)
- illustion of a utopia or perfect world
Elements of a Dystopian Hero:
- helps the reader to understand the problems with the society
- discovers secret, restricted, or hidden information which causes them to act
- feels trapped or isolated physically and/or socially
- takes a risk or is a rebel
- insider to their society
End of the World Literature
Utopia: the perfect society; an imangined place or state of things in which everything is perfect. This genre of literature explores social and political structure.
Dystopia: an imperfect society; an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. This genre of literature explores social and political structure.
Apocalypse/Post-Apocalypse: This genre deals with the threat to civilization after a world altering disaster such as nuclear war, pandemic, climate change, etc and how humans overcome the event.
Ectopian: a world that revolves around environmental conservation or destruction.
Dystopian Novels in the OTMS Library
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