Utopia Vs Dystopia

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A Concept That Transcends Possibility A perfect community, in essence, is what a utopia hopes to delineate. The majority of us can concur that a successfully managed utopia would be ideal as compared to our current lives. We all wish for a life unobstructed by obstacles, a life where our dreams can become reality, and most importantly, a life in which living is easy. Over the last century there has been a rise in dystopian and utopian literature. Authors have addressed issues in their respective societies by portraying futures in which societal problems are exaggerated. Two examples of dystopian literature are Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and George Orwell’s 1984. Both novels depict characters that try to rebel in a controlled society but ultimately fail. As we further analyze the factors that constitute an utopia/dystopia, we can see what elements differ to those in our current society. This analysis not only teaches us how our society differs to the societies in the novels, but also how they are similar. Consequently, our analysis stirs up hope for a utopia in modern day society. However, the deeper we dig into how we must structure a utopia, we can see the imprudence of the concept. In the modern day, attempts to create a utopia are futile; the inherent complexity of human nature accompanied by an education system that teaches us the complications and forlorn aspects of the past, avert the possibility of attaining a utopia. Primarily, we cannot hope to secure a perfect future, which in turns renders any hope of achieving a utopia hopeless. In 1984, O’Brien argues, “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” The following quote demonstrates Orwell realized one of the key factors i... ... middle of paper ... ...ociety, and I do not believe that there can ever be a utopia. If a utopia is formed, the utopia would have to be classified as a dystopia. This is so because in order to form the “utopia”, something wrong must have been done in the process. Nothing perfect can be formed the right way. However, this belief stems from assuming that we will be able to form a utopia in the first place. Is it possible to ever form a utopia? Can we ever forget the inequality in the past in order to form equality in the present and the future? To what degree will humanity and our morality let us bend human nature in a way that lets a utopia exist? More importantly, is our divided nation ready to make the sacrifices necessary in order to attain the slightest possibility of a utopia? If these questions are answered, then we will have taken a leap forward in achieving the impossible: a utopia.

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