Essay On Utopia And Dystopia

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Dystopia is a dehumanized society, where its society is presented as utopia. However, the society has been misguided towards a corrupted state. The Greek prefix ‘dys’ is defined as ‘ill’ or ‘bad.’ Therefore, “Dystopia” is known as a “bad community,” where it has developed into a place filled with darkness and poverty. Those who were part of this society were known as the people who lived under the shadow of a totalitarian government. Dystopia and anti-utopia are not similar to one another. Anti-utopia is on the contrary of the utopia, where it is initiated as a place that is the adverse of utopia. Whereas for dystopia, its community is perceived to be a utopian society with its outer appearance, but in some ways, it has become depraved. As the result for an overpopulated Dystopian state, more resources are demanded to support its citizens, and eventually, will result in shortages of their resources. From this, it also generates desperation and crimes throughout the whole community, which would later lead to more poverty within the society. As darkness flourishes from overpopulation and pollutions, one of the key dystopian characteristics is the never-ending-darkness. From our viewing of the film Blade Runner, the city is consistently covered in darkness with constant rain. This portrays a big symbolism for a dystopian country covered by darkness. Likewise, in Fahrenheit 451, “…the strange comfortable and rare and gently flattering light of the candle” (Bradbury 5) illustrates that Motag finds it strange to see a source of light. Also, the way Clarisse was described, “Her face…was fragile milk crystal with a soft and constant light in it,” (Bradbury 5) demonstrates how she is the only character that is different from the society.... ... middle of paper ... ...they can only recite what they had heard from the television. This is because they are not exposed to anything else except for television. It is seen like as if television is now their family instead of actual people around them, since Mildred is always watching TV. She also did not recall if she took her sleeping pills last night, which led her to taking all the pills in the bottle. She denied her actions by saying that “‘…[she] wouldn’t do that…’” (Badbury 17). This portrays how technology brainwashed her as her memory deteriorates from recalling simple tasks like taking her nightly medication. These are some of the essential characteristics that builds a Dystopian society, where the society is ruled by the totalitarian government, people lack of individuality, and are not able to think freely. They also live in a society that is covered in darkness and poverty.
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