Utopian and Dystopian Fiction Essay example

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What is Utopia? According to The Random House Dictionary, utopia is a place or state of political or social perfection based upon the novel of Utopia by Thomas More. Philosophers, writers of all sorts of novels and movies are constantly trying to imagine and conceive plans for an idyllic state of today. The irony of utopia is that it means ‘no place, good place’ implying that utopia is an idealistic place that can never happen in reality. Then, what is dystopia? Thefreedictionary.com’s definition for dystopia is an imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad. But when all the writers think about their utopian places, just as many dystopian elements will come about as a “perfect” society just cannot happen. …show more content…
1984 is a dystopian novel written by George Orwell in 1949 that reflects on the strict control of the communist governments and what it defines to be human. It was set in the not too distant future so that they could make changes. It is a story which largely surrounds a man name Winston Smith and the coworker who he has an affair with, Julia. It is set in Oceania, one of the three countries in the world. This town is made up of three types of people – people in the Inner Party (upper class), people of the Outer Party (the middle-lower class) and the proles which is taken from proletarian, who are seen as ‘sub-human’. They are constantly being watched by a man only known as Big Brother who monitors them through telescreens which is constantly displaying propaganda for the party against Goldstein. Winston is a member of the Outer Party and his job is to rewrite history so that it makes the world appear to be getting better with the Party always being right. Winston hates the Party and Big Brother and believes that man named O’Brien will help him who actually works for the party and finally tortures Winston until he is broken and has to forfeit his love for Julia. Everything in Winston’s world has to conform to what the Big Brother approves to be right, nothing can be out of line, and it has to abide to all the

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