Dystopian Notes
•Opposite of Utopia (an imagined place or state of things in which everything is perfect) www.google.com
•Characterized by negative traits the author chooses to illustrate, such as poverty, dictatorship, violence and/or pollution. en.wikipedia.org Dystopia - Wikipedia
• Does not pretend to be good. www.google.com
•RESTRICTION—requirement of strict conformity among citizens, with a general assumption that questioning and individuality are bad. aynrandlexicon.com
• Some dystopian works emphasize the pressure to conform in terms of the requirement to NOT excel. Society is ultimately equalizing. www.merriam-webster.com not flowing in a current or stream; without inflow and outflow; stale… See the full definition
•Even more than religion, family is attacked by dystopian societies. Connections within families are not encouraged. www.google.com
•Society frequently isolates the characters from all contact with nature. Dystopias are commonly urban (based in cities) and generally avoid nature. www.google.com
•Dystopian politics are considered flawed in some way or oppressive.
•Often filled with negative views of the ruling class or government as being brutal or uncaring and ruling with an iron fist. www.google.com
•Makes material items plentiful, but deprived the masses of enjoying work; all work is unsatisfying. Often the state controls the economy. youtu.be Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube.
• BACK STORY: Because a fictional universe is being created, a selectively told back story of a war, uprising, overpopulation or other disaster is introduced early in the story. o Shows advanced technology controlled exclusively by the group in power. en.wikipedia.org Backstory - Wikipedia
• HERO: Usually a protagonist who questions society, often feeling intuitively that something is wrong. The hero comes to believe that escape or overturning of the social order is possible and decides to risk his life to do so. Has to act in some way. thehungergames.wikia.com Katniss Everdeen is the main protagonist and the narrator of the Hunger Games trilogy. After her younger sister, Primrose, was reaped to participate in the 74th Hunger Games, Katniss volunteered to take her place as the female tribute from District 12. This action set in motion the events of the entire series. Katniss's father was a miner and illegal hunter who traded on the black market in District 12. Her mother is a healer, the daughter of the town Apothecary owners. Katniss's younger...
• CONFLICT: Hero’s internal conflict brings him in contact with a representative of the dystopia who explains its principles. There is also a group of people who are not controlled by society or the government whom the hero looks to for advice and hope. youtu.be Internal Conflict = Man vs Self conflict with one's own soul, ideas, right or wrong, choices. Additional resources - MissOlive on HubPages Conflict in Litera...
• CLIMAX: Hero’s goal is escape or destruction of the social order, but the story is often unresolved. Many heroes often fail to change anything and wind up being forced to conform. www.imdb.com Directed by Francis Lawrence. With Will Smith, Alice Braga, Charlie Tahan, Salli Richardson-Whitfield. Years after a plague kills most of humanity and transforms the rest into monsters, the sole survivor in New York City struggles valiantly to find a cure.
• RELATABILITY: Society shown must have echoes of today and what the reader now experiences. Reader should be able to identify patterns or trends that would lead to the dystopia.

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