Dystopian Literature In The Village

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In The Village, I have found that all six of the common patterns of dystopian literature are present. For clarification, dystopia is an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or degraded society. It is the opposite of utopia which is an ideal place or state. The characteristics and patterns of dystopian literature are all shown in this movie. The movie shows, with help from the themes and characters in The Village, a town attempting to appear innocent to nature and humankind but failing. Or an attempt at a utopian society that turns to dystopia. The six themes of dystopian literature are as follows: First, an attempt at perfection. Second, rules and boundaries established to maintain the society’s way of life. Third, the sacrifices made to ensure the society’s way of life. Fourth, a rebellion against a society’s way of life. Fifth, a consequence for those who rebel. And lastly, a realization of a character, the audience, or both that the society portrayed is not perfect. As a brief run-down of the film, we first meet a quiet boy named Lucius Hunt. He was very good friends with a special needs boy named Noah Percy. In the beginning of the movie, Lucius asks the elders of the village for permission to go to the village to get medicine to help Noah. The elders refuse and life continues on. It seems to the audience that there is a line that is beside the Covington woods. The people are not allowed to pass the line because there are “the people who we don’t speak of” that wear red cloaks. The elders of the village dress up as the people in red and come into the town one night and mark the doors in red and kill livestock and skin them. The village people do not know that these people a... ... middle of paper ... ... and helps Ivy back over the fence on her way home. In conclusion, through this essay the topics of the six themes of dystopian literature are explored and deeply picked apart to show several examples of each of the themes being displayed in the movie, The Village. The characteristics and patterns of dystopian literature are all shown in this movie. The movie shows, with help from the themes and characters in The Village, a town attempting to appear innocent to nature and humankind but failing. Or an attempt at a utopian society that turns to dystopia. Ivy’s father along with the other elders all lost a family member in the town from violence. This was their attempt to maintain a perfectly innocent society, but failing by having to send Ivy through the woods. This is how the six themes of dystopian literature are relevant and make appearances in, The Village.
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